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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.

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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.

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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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Wishful_Thinking wrote:
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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Re: Jersey City will get two ‘ultra-luxury’ condo towers
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the renderings dont show the elliptical building on the pier


Thats a good point. The Ellipse could block some pretty nice (and expensive) views of the city from this tower.

Posted on: 2016/10/28 16:52
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Re: Jersey City will get two ‘ultra-luxury’ condo towers
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i count one tower.

Posted on: 2016/10/28 12:01
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Re: Is a restaurant row coming to Jersey City's West Side neighborhood?
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Is the water table safe being so close to the cemetery?


Do you think they use well water as drinking water in this section of town?

Posted on: 2016/10/27 9:37
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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The use of language is flawed isn't it? Its claiming to include ....."spaces for theaters, art galleries and studios, museums, libraries and more".... When you put the letter "S" at the end it makes it plural, right? SO are they claiming there will actually be two or more libraries in this small complex? More than two museums? Two or more theaters? Its a bullshit list of imaginary substance that was clearly thrown together in haste. It is NOT being specific about what it claims to be offering in exchange for a zoning variance and I believe the bar should be higher for proposals like this. If the developer has substantive things it can bring to the table they should have no trouble at all listing them and DEFINING them. Pointing to other unrelated developments in other parts of the world and claiming you can do the same is NOT in itself a plan for success.


When I hear "spaces for...", I just imagine an empty lot where one of those institutions could go, if it was ever built. If it took this many years to develop a profitable luxury building, you can imagine how long it would take to build anything for the publics benefit.

Posted on: 2016/10/27 9:35
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Re: More teardowns and Bayonne Boxes coming in the Heights
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I shiver everytime i pass one of these houses, especially when its next to a row of historic buildings. The pitch roof, cheap, slapped together materials and driveway are such eyesores in any setting.

Driveways specifically are a real detriment to a city where there is a dense walking population. cars passing between streets and what should be a safe section of travel for people always leads to issues. if not injuries, at least most of the time, cars will jut out into the walking path forcing walkers to pop into the street to avoid them. i wish the planning board would have some balls to ban these things.

Posted on: 2016/10/14 15:17
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Re: PERSHING FIELD POOL- WORLD'S LARGEST HOT TUB
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damn, i got legitimately excited there for a second

Posted on: 2016/10/6 12:16
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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wow, thats exciting. looks like JSQ finally got its first decent eating establishment for brunch. its about time! hope they do well.

Posted on: 2016/10/3 12:24
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Re: New season of Classic Movies at Loew's J Starts Sept 30
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Does the "season" only consist of three movies? I'd like to see a more full,almost weekly schedule and throwing in a semi-modern (last 30 years) film in there as well.

I dont want to start a whole thing, because I know theres a thread for that already, but this theater deserves much more patronage than it gets and the only way that will happen is if it offers more to the general public.

Posted on: 2016/9/15 8:51
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Re: Drop By Barcade to Support the Embankment Preservation Coalition
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yes, that would be the entire purpose of it. now local politics being the shithole that it is, obviously it would go to fund a couple dozen new beach homes for some cronies, but you can't operate under the (generally correct) assumption that monies raised will not actually be used for their intended effect.

here's the thing - no one loses anything. we've never had the use of that entire area since they demolished the connecting bridges what... 12? 15? years ago. even then, most people never went up there because there was nothing to do. people would lose that giant ugly wall that's been slowly crumbling and occasionally getting tagged. it'd be a lost opportunity if you really look at it like that, but no one's taking a park away from you or anyone else - just the opportunity to make all the taxpayers spend more money on an excessive design because building and maintaining 5 bridges, about 15 blocks worth of fencing, multiple entrance and exit points including ADA compliant ones is wrapped up in "we want moar park!"

fk that. get a ground level park. get nutbag yvonne happy and make one or two of those blocks a municipal/residential parking lot. spend the money on the shit we need rather than excessive futility.

nice things are nice. parks are nice. so's the new world trade center. it looks pretty. it sure wasn't worth the money.


Luckily, this line of thinking is in the minority as you can even see on this thread alone. Most people in this city understand there is a real dearth for public park space especially as more people are being added every year.

Once you get rid of open space and it becomes housing, it is much much harder to get it back for public use and the city becomes sterile without spaces for people to walk through, if possible at all. It is important to keep the small amount of public land we have now. There are still plenty of other lots that, if developed well, can be used for tall high rises.

Posted on: 2016/9/6 16:36
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Re: Jersey City Paves the Way for a Restaurant Row in Bergen-Lafayette
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they better get moving if thats going to be a thing.

And do the KFC and Crown count as restaurants?

Posted on: 2016/8/31 13:21
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I've spent plenty of time looking around at my fellow PATH riders, and that's why I'm not buying the theory that the PA wants us walking by those ritzy new shops. Most of us won't be stopping by to pick up a Bulgari watch on our way to Lincoln Center.

Right!? I walk through the Oculus every day to and from work, and have started to pay attention to the stores that are getting ready to open. I had hoped it would be something along the lines of Grand Central - higher end, yes, but accessible - O & Co., Papyrus. I'm really surprised to see the stores in the Oculus - Kate Spade, Gucci, Longines, etc. I agree - PA (or is it Westfield's decision) seems to have paid zero attention to the demographics of the PATH riders.

I'm curious what other people think - is this supposed to become a destination for the surrounding Wall Street crowd?


I hope it all flops and Westfield loses tons of money.


Why? Even if most 'common people' dont shop there, higher end retail means higher rents, and if they can make $1 billion of the $4 billion they spent back, they are at least on the way to charging retailers instead of commuters. Im sure they will squander that money but I would rather them get some income from someone who isnt the working class commuter or tax dollars to fund whatever it is they do.


It's not just rent! Most malls have intricate contracts with retailers that involve paying not just a monthly rent, but also a percentage of total sales. So, if this place is a runaway success, the PA could end up generating a ton of money not just in rents.

Also, the idea that this place will fail is silly, at best. Despite all the naysayers in here, this mall be a huge success. Downtown Manhattan now attracts a lot more tourists and even locals. More and more people are moving down there, and there will be tons of people coming to Westfield Place to shop.


I'm all for the Port Authority generating more money, but I would love to see the ROI on this $4 billion boondoggle. The facility has very poor ingress\egress and it leads to bottlenecks trying to exit. The PATH platforms are too narrow and crowded, It takes too long for passengers to clear while. This is where cash should have been spent making it column-free instead of the whale carcass.

A transit center with much better access for riders, more retail space, and office space could have been built for much less than $4 billion, but the PA wanted to waste $4 billion by partnering with an arsehold Spanish architect.


I do agree that the access point from the side street had a surprisingly small amount of stairs and escalators compared to the temporary structure that was built. Im hoping that I missed something and that there will be multiple entrances to split the load of this new station, because otherwise, yes, that was a huge oversight.

Posted on: 2016/8/30 12:34
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Re: Bergen Arches Proposal Envisions a World Class Cultural Destination in Jersey City
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I'll believe it when I see it, but it would be an awesome addition to the city

Posted on: 2016/8/22 12:08
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I've spent plenty of time looking around at my fellow PATH riders, and that's why I'm not buying the theory that the PA wants us walking by those ritzy new shops. Most of us won't be stopping by to pick up a Bulgari watch on our way to Lincoln Center.

Right!? I walk through the Oculus every day to and from work, and have started to pay attention to the stores that are getting ready to open. I had hoped it would be something along the lines of Grand Central - higher end, yes, but accessible - O & Co., Papyrus. I'm really surprised to see the stores in the Oculus - Kate Spade, Gucci, Longines, etc. I agree - PA (or is it Westfield's decision) seems to have paid zero attention to the demographics of the PATH riders.

I'm curious what other people think - is this supposed to become a destination for the surrounding Wall Street crowd?


I hope it all flops and Westfield loses tons of money.


Why? Even if most 'common people' dont shop there, higher end retail means higher rents, and if they can make $1 billion of the $4 billion they spent back, they are at least on the way to charging retailers instead of commuters. Im sure they will squander that money but I would rather them get some income from someone who isnt the working class commuter or tax dollars to fund whatever it is they do.

Posted on: 2016/8/15 12:29
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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i still think a Marion Stop 200 feet away from the JSQ stop is the biggest waste of time, money and resources, only benefitting a handful of people and inconveniencing hundreds of thousands more every year who have to wait for an extra stop during rush hours. its pointless to even study this as an option. its under a 10 minute walk to JSQ. there are so many more important things the PATH can do with tax payer money than build this.

All that said, I hope the area develops as proposed and JSQ in general continues to see a nice boost in the coming years.

Posted on: 2016/8/1 10:35
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Re: Intersection daylighting has been installed along Jersey Ave.
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These are dumb and unattractive. Dont think they do what they are intended to do.

However, where I would like to see these are alongside bike lanes. A physical barrier would prevent people from coming into the lane to sneak by other cars or drop people off. I guess the places Im thinking about where the bike lanes hug the curb are more in NYC than JC, but that could happen in JC in the future too.

Posted on: 2016/7/8 12:21
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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so what happens to this thread now? its by far one of the longest running, most popular threads on this site. "2nd Whole Foods in JC?"

Posted on: 2016/5/5 12:39
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Re: PRESERVATION OF POWERHOUSE TO BEGIN
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to want it torn down is a very short sighted response to what can be a great addition and attraction to the neighborhood which is desperately lacking something besides another bland high rise residential building (which is what it will be replaced with if torn down).

Having the powerhouse act as a part museum of how it used to run as well as a profitable place for recreation and business with large outdoor plaza space will much better serve the community on the whole. I agree that financing is an issue, but it has been successfully done in the past, and can be done again. its in a prime location, so someone will bite eventually.

Posted on: 2016/4/22 14:31
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Re: art museum to Journal Square?
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i agree that it being outside of the PATH station makes a huge difference. JSQ is also becoming more of a hub for the arts whether downtown likes it or not. Between the Art House behind the PATH, Mana, Loews (when it decides to do things) and relatively cheaper rents for now, its an ideal spot for another cultural institution like a museum.

This one should be held under a microscope to make sure it doesnt fail like the last, but I think its a good idea.

The powerhouse is still so many years from being an option, that its not feasible, but I hope someone does something good with it soon.

Posted on: 2016/4/13 9:28
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Re: Kennedy Blvd. Any chance for light rail since buses are packed?
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This is a LRV or PATH Proposal I made for my thesis a few years back that would connect all the west side of JC to SI and potentially the City. Included were street mockups which allowed for street parking on off-peak hours like other major thoroughfares already do. Of course its cost prohibitive but theres no reason the city cant implement a plan like the Select Bus service which runs North-South in Brooklyn with limited stops in an articulated bus. It resembles a light rail at a fraction of the cost. With a dedicated lane, this would improve reliability and speed like it already has proven to in Brooklyn.




Good project - critical to future plans to better integrate JC into the metro area transportation network (if something like this were actually to happen in the near future, I would stay in the Heights instead of planning to move to JSQ) - the lack of a direct rail connection to Manhattan is a huge drawback to the future of the Heights. I'm curious about a few things:
- who was on your review committee? Where there any local stakeholders, or local planning experts?
- how well was your proposal received?
- did you conclude whether the PATH or LRV equipment was the better platform?
- the SI section seems to cut straight across roads and properties - was the premise to use exclusively existing ROWs?


Thanks! This was intended as more of a PATH line but the shear expense then changed the scope to half tunneling through SI and into Manhattan obviously and most of Hudson Cty being on grade (hence the JFK Boulevard street study). There would be no eminent domain or manipulation of existing street grids. I think it has been received well, but not something to spark enough interest to ever get off the ground. Still fun to do though.

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Re: Kennedy Blvd. Any chance for light rail since buses are packed?
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This is a LRV or PATH Proposal I made for my thesis a few years back that would connect all the west side of JC to SI and potentially the City. Included were street mockups which allowed for street parking on off-peak hours like other major thoroughfares already do. Of course its cost prohibitive but theres no reason the city cant implement a plan like the Select Bus service which runs North-South in Brooklyn with limited stops in an articulated bus. It resembles a light rail at a fraction of the cost. With a dedicated lane, this would improve reliability and speed like it already has proven to in Brooklyn.

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Posted on: 2016/2/19 12:59
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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Yvonne wrote:
Where is the open space? This is poor planning by our planning office, we are allowing developers to place massive buildings in without open space.


Lincoln Park is an amazing resource but there needs to be a more inviting link between JSQ and it. I agree a couple more community gardens and pocket parks could exist along the way for people to sit and eat around lunch, but hopefully someone in charge forces large developers to allow public space close by for every new project

Posted on: 2016/2/11 9:52
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