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Re: Protected Bicycle Lane
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adding bike lanes on both sides can both allow a safe lane for travel for bikers while also reducing the width of the driving lanes (without eliminating parking). Narrower lanes naturally slow the speed of traffic since people psychologically drive slower in narrow spaces and faster in wider ones. its a two-fold and simple step to helping the pedestrian issue and speeding issue.


I know that the "narrower lanes lead to reduced speeds" philosophy is taken as an absolute truth, but recent changes to the layout of 1st Street have resulted in the exact opposite. The southern side of the street between Marin and Provost was modified to remove diagonal parking and parallel parking spots were implemented over the road surface, creating a narrower traffic lane, and yet through traffic has increased in speed and, weirdly, also in volume.


perhaps im misunderstanding but how do parallel spots take up more room than diagonal spots? wouldnt parallel spots instead of diagonal widen the through lane?

Posted on: 9/11 12:27
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Re: Protected Bicycle Lane
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adding bike lanes on both sides can both allow a safe lane for travel for bikers while also reducing the width of the driving lanes (without eliminating parking). Narrower lanes naturally slow the speed of traffic since people psychologically drive slower in narrow spaces and faster in wider ones. its a two-fold and simple step to helping the pedestrian issue and speeding issue.

Posted on: 9/11 10:05
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Re: Jersey City taps Downtown woman to be city planner
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I agree with all of this EXCEPT the wide streets. Wider streets are proven to be less safe to cross, subconsciously encourage faster driving, etc. Certainly all new streets need to have bike lanes (in fact, protected bike lanes) and in almost all cases parking on both sides. But that should be done in the narrowest way possible.


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Its a good time for a change. I hope she addresses some of the concerns that have been emerging as the city seems to be growing faster than the existing planners have seemed to keep up with. There are things that can help the city grow, but also seem more cohesive and aesthetically pleasing to people on the streets.

1. More of an effort to eliminate the Bayonne Boxes which have been an eyesore on so many outskirt neighborhoods of transit hubs over the years.

2. Smarter transitioning of neighborhoods to reduce the likelihood of a 50 story building to stand next to a 2 story house. Im all for development, but there should be more of an easing in to a high rise section of town from a low-rise house section as well.

3. Wider streets that provide parking and bike lanes on both sides in completely new sections of the city. It boggles my mind why developers are making super narrow streets and sidewalks when they have a blank slate to work with. there is plenty of room to still build tall buildings but allowing more space to move for cars and people will reduce traffic and look more pleasing than tight narrow streets.

Theres a ton of other things, but either way, I wish her the best for the future of the city.


Well, focus could be more on the sidewalks being wider and allowing for street parking which is scarce, in addition to bike lanes. but not actually adding anymore lanes of traffic. Wider sidewalks can allow more businesses to have outdoor seating and more landscaping without becoming too claustrophobic to the pedestrians.

Posted on: 8/9 11:43
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Re: Meeting set for input on future of Casino in the Park
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wow, they sure know how to ugly up a great looking building. i hope the new owners can at least restore some of the character of that original building thats been wrapped up in that garbage 70s-80s exterior.

Posted on: 8/8 16:26
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Re: Jersey City taps Downtown woman to be city planner
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Its a good time for a change. I hope she addresses some of the concerns that have been emerging as the city seems to be growing faster than the existing planners have seemed to keep up with. There are things that can help the city grow, but also seem more cohesive and aesthetically pleasing to people on the streets.

1. More of an effort to eliminate the Bayonne Boxes which have been an eyesore on so many outskirt neighborhoods of transit hubs over the years.

2. Smarter transitioning of neighborhoods to reduce the likelihood of a 50 story building to stand next to a 2 story house. Im all for development, but there should be more of an easing in to a high rise section of town from a low-rise house section as well.

3. Wider streets that provide parking and bike lanes on both sides in completely new sections of the city. It boggles my mind why developers are making super narrow streets and sidewalks when they have a blank slate to work with. there is plenty of room to still build tall buildings but allowing more space to move for cars and people will reduce traffic and look more pleasing than tight narrow streets.

Theres a ton of other things, but either way, I wish her the best for the future of the city.

Posted on: 8/3 12:35
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Re: Jersey City Drops Lawsuit Against the Friends of the Loews Jersey City Landmark Theatre
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some people can want a museum piece that plays host to mostly national (mass commercial) performances. that is fine. my family would likely attend an event/performance once every few years.

But presently, we go to the Loews 10-12 times a year, some years more for movies, theater, music and even the post JC St. Patricks Day Parade Party and every year we help with the JC Landmarks Conservancy Awards Ceremony and have seen numerous Art House and other performances.

The current situation serves my family much more than AEG would. We should matter also, not just development for developments sake. So, we will support the FoL and a more balanced path.


Dan, I understand your point, and respect that but I think youre an outlier and most people, especially as the area grows with a younger crowd would prefer a proper venue rather than the options currently provided at Loews. The programs currently dont provide much for 90% of the citys population, and though i love the charm and think a few of these events should be preserved, the city could benefit from a bigger venue with real artists on a regular basis.

Posted on: 7/5 9:11
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Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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This is the wrong thread for this subject as it pertains to KRE's Journal Squared, NOT KABR's One Journal Square.
Well the thread is for Journal Squared, but the article referenced 1 JSQ which is the empty vacant lot. Regardless, the point is that the property has been vacant for far too long. But youre correct. Wrong thread.

Posted on: 5/10 12:14
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Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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I pushed 8 years ago, to turn this site into a large scale outdoor flea market which is in a great location due to the access to the PATH. I was told the site was owned and would be turned over for development very soon. That was 8 years ago. I think its time to revisit new options for that site again.

Posted on: 5/10 9:57
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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As the saying goes, if they love it, they must set it free. They have done a great job but the FOL can only go so far with minimal funding and resources. Its time to pass the torch as JSQ begins to have its renaissance as a small arts district.

Posted on: 4/28 13:19
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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i think JSQ or something close to a PATH station or hub makes more sense. I know they will require parking which will exist as part of the new towers parking garage, but also it needs to be a well trafficked area. I feel like the Sears and Harborside which is dead for most of the week would not benefit WF which needs a lot of constant foot traffic.


The Sears location is as trafficked as you van get: a mall, with parking on site, as well as being serviced by the light rail and the Newport PATH station is across the street.

Have you ever been to Harborside? Because your statement makes no sense... it's packed and crowded during the week from about 8 AM to 6 PM. Come out between 11:30 - 1:30 during the week and you will see that people all along the waterfront and in the Owen Grundy pier enjoying lunch or a midday break. It is also serviced by the light rail, and the Exchange Place PATH station is right next door. On weekends it is not that crowded, but that's mostly because there is hardly anything open down that way. A supermarket like WF could be transformative for the area.


yeah, that was kind of my point with Harborside. Its pretty dead on the weekends and thats when markets make a lot of sales. They likely want it to be a busy area 7 days a week which JSQ is. Maybe Sears is busy since its by the mall, but on a sheerly accessible standpoint, its a little awkward for the general public to get to. Though it may be busy enough to keep it alive.

Posted on: 4/17 10:15
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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i think JSQ or something close to a PATH station or hub makes more sense. I know they will require parking which will exist as part of the new towers parking garage, but also it needs to be a well trafficked area. I feel like the Sears and Harborside which is dead for most of the week would not benefit WF which needs a lot of constant foot traffic.

Posted on: 4/13 12:00
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Re: Wow - LSC's Updated Plans for SciTech Scity
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good! glad its going forward. criticizing the city for "giving away" undesirable, unused land that would otherwise sit vacant anyway is myopic when factoring the long term financial and educational benefits of this project.

Posted on: 3/24 9:47
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Re: Any idea when alternate side parking will resume?
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better than Brooklyn where they have prematurely resumed ASP even though some cars were still trapped in snow due to poor snow removal. They also missed an opportunity to finally plow the streets once cars were actually off the streets. One term mayor.

Posted on: 3/22 9:29
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Re: Wow - LSC's Updated Plans for SciTech Scity
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If not giving the land away means its a deal breaker for SciCity, I say just give the land away. Its vacant, unattractive, unused land. Its not like we're getting any money from this land and anyone else is losing out from this deal anyway.

At least if they build this, it will benefit the city by having it published internationally and it will benefit thousands of people for generations to come. Sometimes you need to allow for some sacrifices for long term benefits.

Posted on: 3/16 9:32
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Re: Jersey City mulls changes to pedestrian plaza to address rowdy bar-goers
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how can a place like bourbon street exist or 6 street in austin, and JC cant sustain a 2 block stretch without chaos ensuing? why cant we have nice things like a ped plaza without issue?

i think this goes beyond just booze though maybe there is more police patrolling the other places in the world that open their streets to the public after drinking hours.

Posted on: 3/7 16:14
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Re: Historic Apple Tree House
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what will this be? a museum?

Posted on: 2/21 10:52
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Re: Hoboken Announces Procedures for 100 Units New Affordable Housing
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are new developments in JC required to allow a small percentage of units to affordable housing, since this has been proven a much more successful model than having all low income housing in one location which has obviously been proven not to work?

i hear nothing of all these new developments with an allowance for this, but where are the displaced tenants of all the projects that are being torn down?

Posted on: 2/16 9:37
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Re: Public info session tonight on Turnpike Extension 14C project(1/31/17)
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Is it just a coincidence that the turnpike elevated highway into JC, the Pulaski skyway into JC, and the Whitpenn bridge into JC are all under construction at the same time? Or is this some coordinated upgrade? Is the 1/9 bridge the only E/W artery into here not under construction?


Theres also the Tappan Zee upstate and K bridge in Brooklyn as well as Goethals and a handful of others under construction. I think this has everything to do with a federal fund that mayve essentially been "use it or lose it" when it comes to rebuilding the infrastructure under the Obama admin. It may suck now, but itll be nice in 2-3 years when we have a fresh batch of bridges fit to handle a larger capacity of cars.

Posted on: 2/2 12:58
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Re: Nor'easter 1/23/17 - TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTION suspended
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seems like there should be a better way in the modern age to let citizens know of these things. 311 in NYC is good, but still relies on the user to call them which most people simply cant be bothered with.

They should have an option that the city allows people to register to online which will send an automatic text or email to each user to let them know when garbage pickup/alternate side parking, etc. are suspended.

Posted on: 1/24 12:53
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Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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they could use a high quality supermarket up there....any plans?


I heard theyre getting a Whole Foods
downtown is getting a whole foods, not jsq.


i know. im just trying to start chaos again like that other thread that went on for 12 years.

but in all honesty, i do think its a good location and theres a real dearth for a good supermarket, and even a movie theater could do well there too.

Posted on: 1/23 12:04
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Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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they could use a high quality supermarket up there....any plans?


I heard theyre getting a Whole Foods

Posted on: 1/23 9:17
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Re: Roberto Clemente Field Just Sold?
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would be nice if they built a deck on top of the massive eyesore parking garage on marin for the mall and made that into a park. it actually would be a pretty sizeable park if it was covered end to end that could fit multiple ball fields, basketball, tennis courts and still have open lawns.

Posted on: 1/20 13:04
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Re: Traffic Lights in JC Are All Out of Sync
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There are ways to do both. Out of sync lights are actually not an effective way to reduce the speed cars drive on major thoroughfares. A straight shot of greens may encourage speeders but out of sync lights begin to make drivers anxious and they try to speed off a green to try to make the next light before it turns red.

The solution is to time the lights so that they turn green as you pull up to them going approx. 30 mph. This will naturally slow cars down to avoid slamming on brakes before coming to the lights too early, but keeps a steady, slow and non-angering pace for drivers.

This is only possible obviously on one-way avenues and so its more successful in NYC where it has been proven to work, but out of sync lights are not the answer. Not sure much can be done on JFK, Washington and other 2 way boulevards though.

Posted on: 1/4 11:43
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Re: Jersey City advances in the Curbed Cup, NYC neighborhood of the year...
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Jersey City, in the final four out of 16 neighborhoods for NYC's neighborhood of the year. LoL. Well, I guess stranger things have happened in 2016.

Http://ny.curbed.com/2016/12/21/14042 ... -elite-eight-results-2016


Curbed's stupidity was was baked into the question, by comparing a city of 250,000 to a neighborhoods of around 50,000. This is a contest of PEOPLE VOTING!!! At least it should have been just DT as the contestant. Downtown Brooklyn is less than 10k people according to Wiki, they better get the rest of Brooklyn behind them if Prospect Heights (83k) goes down.


Are you saying prospect heights has 83k people in it? you may want to check those numbers as it is the relative size of a postage stamp in Bk. otherwise, i agree that the voting numbers are skewed.

Posted on: 12/23 10:40
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Re: Curbed Cup: Greenpoint vs. Jersey City
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Of course "Jersey City" means downtown Jersey City. I've visited both, but never lived in either place so can't really vote for one or the other. It's interesting to see how JC continues to pop up as an alt-Borough in these various real-estate publications, and I'm very curious to see how JC places against Greenpoint.


Even though they definitely gave a major shout out to Journal Square in the blurb. So mentions of JC now and going forward dont seem to ignore JSQ as a part of JC anymore.

And anyway, its a blog about development, so of course they are going to focus on areas with the most development. That simply doesnt happen in more residential parts of JC.

Posted on: 12/16 12:44
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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I see a bunch of "in an ideal world" arguments in favor of not making developers include parking in their planned large multi unit buildings. But its not an ideal world, and many of the people willing to spend the money to live in a new modern building ARE going to bring their cars along with them and try to shoe horn these cars into the existing infrastructure. It would CERTAINLY negatively impact the quality of life for the rest of us. People who already have cars in the area are likely to tell you that its becoming increasingly difficult to find parking as it is, and those of us without cars, the majority, have enough trouble crossing the street without the percentage of vehicles increasing. There is NO good aspect of new construction that does not include parking. In my view the exclusion of parking spaces in new construction is ONLY a reflection of the developers wish to maximize profitability and all development from this point on should include parking within the developments proposed, it should be a mandatory requirement and be non-negotiable.


I see your point that more projects mean more people who are likely to drive as would be the case with almost every American city outside of NYC. Even though there is 24 hour mass transit a few blocks away, people are just likely to rely on having a car. I look at it in 2 ways.

1. Fine, build garages to absorb the extra parking from the new developments, but PLEASE hide the eyesore garages underground or in the middle of the block on large scale projects so we dont have to see the streetscape ruined with these structures.

2. On the other hand, more parking offered will encourage more drivers. Even if parking is not an issue bc its self contained in the building, you are going to have a big increase in traffic on these narrow streets through the city. Encouraging people with a NYC mentality to move in and ditch their cars will make for a better standard of living for existing drivers and peds who dont want to navigate a city over capacity with cars.

I dont think proposing a building this small near mass transit without parking is such a bad thing. But apparently we're years away from that being a popular idea.

Posted on: 12/12 9:01
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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I cant understand how some people can halt the development on a project like this that is actually in relative scale with the neighborhood as opposed to every other project in JSQ that is a 60 story tower next to a 2 story house. This would benefit the streetscape in my opinion, but its not my call I guess.


What's so hard to understand? The proposed building did not include ANY parking. That's unacceptable in Jersey City, where people need cars.


Not sure if youre being sarcastic or not, but in an area thats walkable to 24 hour mass transit which connects to Manhattan and all other forms of mass transit, i wouldnt exactly say people NEED cars. its a luxury but not every single person in JC should have a vehicle. its not sustainable.

if you were being sarcastic, my apologies.

Posted on: 12/9 10:47
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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I cant understand how some people can halt the development on a project like this that is actually in relative scale with the neighborhood as opposed to every other project in JSQ that is a 60 story tower next to a 2 story house. This would benefit the streetscape in my opinion, but its not my call I guess.

Posted on: 12/8 12:26
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Re: Battle against the "Bayonne Box" in The Heights
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Count me in! A few questions/suggestions:

Is the best approach to start by reaching out to Councilman Yun, or form a group to prepare a campaign, visuals, etc., to take directly to the MasterPlan committee? In NYC, where I work in historic preservation, well organized and articulate advocacy groups get the elected officials behind them.

Market demographics - I live in the Heights, and have watched these go up over the last 8 years. They overwhelmingly sell to immigrant families, for whom they provide an investment asset as well as a home (I'm currently looking to rent a parking spot, one I've see is one of the two outside spots at one of these Bayonne Boxes) - a successful campaign to replace them would entail an understanding of local market forces.

Parking - the examples shown are good, but the overwhelming contextual design hurdle is the 2-car garage along with 2 outdoor spots. This dictates the siting, lack of landscaping, disruption of the residential streetwall etc. There may need to be a parallel plan to deal with added parking needs.

Visuals - any designers, graphic artists, or even reasonably experienced users of SketchUp out there? Some streetscape renderings of what things would look like under a revised zoning ordinance may get more people on board.


i know sketchup and depending on the scope of work, could likely make some mock ups or maps if time permits to help out. i would get all the ducks in a row first to know who to go to with this info first, but glad to help if it means putting an end to these structures from being built.

Posted on: 2016/11/18 15:12
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Re: Battle against the "Bayonne Box" in The Heights
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I dont live in the heights, but I am 100% in agreement and behind you on this. These are the thorn in the side of the cities aesthetics and even if they never build another, there are already too many here.

Posted on: 2016/11/18 8:45
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