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Gothamist: The PATH Is A Packed, Slow-Motion Nightmare For NJ Commuters This Morning
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http://gothamist.com/2018/06/05/nj_path_commute_hell.php

Nothing gets the people of JC going like a good PATH bashing.
As a person who takes both PATH and Subway to work, I'm surprised I haven't been fired for tardiness already.

Unfortunately, with all the buildings going up every week its only going to get worse and worse.

Posted on: 6/5 12:34
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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I love seeing the people on NextDoor who call it a "Middle Class Gentrification".
Natives like myself have been speaking of the gentrification of Jersey City for a decade now. Many poor Jersey City families have had to move out because they could not afford it anymore. Most were POC but poor is poor and knows no racial boundaries. My family was originally from DT, and now most don't even live in JC anymore. Anytime I raised these concerns online or in a group setting, I was always told variations of "oh well, the city is more safe now and theres more places to eat so the gentrification was a good thing". Twitter (usually on Fulops tweets), NextDoor, Reddit it was always the same story. Now that the bill has come for those who benefited, we're seeing protests and media coverage. People in this thread and other places have been making the argument that "Old lady Sally has lived here her whole life, why should she have to sell her house". I made similar arguments for years. But in my case "Old Lady Sally" was "My Puerto Rican Aunt", and my argument fell on deaf ears.

Because of this, I'm finding it very hard to feel sympathy for the DT owners. The NIMBYS of DT have demanded so much from their politicians. Bike lanes, revamped parks, additional policing, festival after festival, road work. It has always seemed like a major portion of the city's expenditures have been centered Downtown. And the rest of the city has footed the bill. Not anymore.


I think it is simplistic, and not at all helpful, to try and cast this situation as a matter of race, or to pit competing narratives of a "puerto rican aunt" versus "old lady Sally". Sticking to the facts is simple enough, and tells anyone willing to listen the plain truth: the reval is a matter of fairness. Poorer areas of JC have subsidized DTJC by paying higher effective rates for well over a decade, when the law stipulates that every homeowner should pay the same effective rate.

Also, it is disingenuous to try and cast gentrification as a whites-only "attack" on a "native" population. Cities continually evolve, and surely anyone would agree that the JC newcomers are not a monolith mass of white people. To claim that is silly, and a distraction to this conversation. Heck, if anything, you could claim that a large amount of the JC newcomers of the past decade are non-white: Indians, Chinese, blacks, hispanics, etc. Anyone claiming otherwise is blind to obvious facts.


Sorry for the late response, I was on vacation last week.
Nowhere in my post did i label it a white attack on anything. Did not even use the word white. My first sentence labeled gentrification as I intended: by class. I highlighted race to point out that many POOR poc were some of the first victims, but as I said in the same sentence, poor is poor and knows no racial boundaries. You attributed a lot more of your own thinking to my post than was necessary.

I do take issue with your last statement. Those were not "obvious facts" about anything. First, nowhere did I make any claim about a monolith of new white people. Not even something close to that claim. Again, adding your own words and calling them mine. And it has always seemed to me and people i talk to that the majority of new people have been White and Chinese, with a smaller subset being Indian. Black and Hispanics have not made up a large subset of newcomers. I really don't know how you came to that conclusion, nor how you can say that is an obvious fact. I mean none of this are facts, we're basing it on what we see.

Posted on: 3/5 10:41
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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I love seeing the people on NextDoor who call it a "Middle Class Gentrification".
Natives like myself have been speaking of the gentrification of Jersey City for a decade now. Many poor Jersey City families have had to move out because they could not afford it anymore. Most were POC but poor is poor and knows no racial boundaries. My family was originally from DT, and now most don't even live in JC anymore. Anytime I raised these concerns online or in a group setting, I was always told variations of "oh well, the city is more safe now and theres more places to eat so the gentrification was a good thing". Twitter (usually on Fulops tweets), NextDoor, Reddit it was always the same story. Now that the bill has come for those who benefited, we're seeing protests and media coverage. People in this thread and other places have been making the argument that "Old lady Sally has lived here her whole life, why should she have to sell her house". I made similar arguments for years. But in my case "Old Lady Sally" was "My Puerto Rican Aunt", and my argument fell on deaf ears.

Because of this, I'm finding it very hard to feel sympathy for the DT owners. The NIMBYS of DT have demanded so much from their politicians. Bike lanes, revamped parks, additional policing, festival after festival, road work. It has always seemed like a major portion of the city's expenditures have been centered Downtown. And the rest of the city has footed the bill. Not anymore.

Posted on: 2/27 11:07
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Re: Teacher Protests Disturbing Neighborhood
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Just saw a video online that cops were at the protest this morning pulling over a ton of cars who honked to support the protest. Guess OP's daily calling of the police has worked.

Posted on: 2/23 14:47
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Also the thousands of people who have moved in within the last few years and had kids will one day have to send them to a high school. Not sure how all these transplants are going to feel about Ferris.


An interesting point I've seen made is that the AEP programs and McNair actually damage the district schools greatly by skimming the most talented students out. I wonder what my suburban school would have been like if the top 60 out of my class of 600 had been pulled out to a magnet HS.


Yea, I've heard that plenty of times too. There is obviously some logic to it, but as a Mcnair graduate myself I'm more happy that McNair and other AEP programs exist. These programs are ultimately a benefit for people like me.

I have one main issue with the argument that Mcnair damages other schools. Yes, taking kids from Mcnair and tossing them into the other schools may raise average test scores and whatnot, but that doesn't really matter if the state of the school and the education stays the same. The focus should be to fix and upgrade these schools. Mcnair existing should not take away from that focus.

Hopefully this new tax system can get us back on the right track.

Posted on: 2/22 9:20
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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wow JCGuys thanks so much for the response. Appreciate you taking the time out of your day to do that. and thank you Yvonne for the link.

As a native of the city, I've been against the abatements from the start just because it seemed to just promote building of large apartment buildings everywhere for no real reason other than proximity to NYC. The gentrification has been unfortunate, and abatements just seemed like a tool used to gentrify. Thank you for teaching me more about it as a whole.

I'm dreading to see what will happen when the state stops funding our BOE. Fulop can only tout the successes of Mcnair for so long before the people start having questions about the other high schools.

Also the thousands of people who have moved in within the last few years and had kids will one day have to send them to a high school. Not sure how all these transplants are going to feel about Ferris.

Posted on: 2/21 19:54
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Would really appreciate if someone took the time to explain something to me.

I'm in agreement that this reval is long overdue. Everyone should be paying there fair share, and its about time DT did as well. But I also see people on here fighting back against the abatement questions. It seems to me that these abated buildings are not paying their fair share AFTER the reval. For example: a poster earlier in this thread stated that he's still paying 10k while his neighbors are up to 30k. Is this not also unfair?

Someone (I believe Dolomite although I could be wrong) stated that abated properties do end up paying their fair share through abatement payments. Is this true? Are these payments going to the same services as property taxes?

Excuse my ignorance on the subject.

Posted on: 2/21 17:07
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Re: Artichoke Basille’s Pizza - Jersey City
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another pizza place? Is it that good?


it would definitely instantly become the best slice option in downtown JC, assuming that's where it's opening. anyone know any details about location?


That's what they said about Two Boots!


People love to hate on Two Boots but, every time I walk past their location, it seems to be doing fairly well with lots of customers in there.


I love two boots pizza. Granted I almost always eat it when buzzed. It's become a running joke among my wife and friends that whenever we're out drinking downtown, I need to end my night with a slice from two boots.

Posted on: 2017/11/8 14:22
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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So I'm fairly new to the site, been lurking for a little. Can someone explain to me why this yvonne person is taking some flak in this thread? I saw something about being against high rises, which doesn't seem bad to me.

Posted on: 2017/11/8 9:26
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