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Re: Pick up and drop off UPS® packages at CVS
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This is nice, but... there is already a UPS store across from the mall at 100 Town Square Place. If I am dropping off a UPS package, that's where I go: quick in and out without the hassle of having to go up and down escalators, and then fighting crowds of shoppers or office drones.

Posted on: 2019/12/9 11:47
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Re: 12/5/19 Pulaski Skyway to be closed in both directions Sat and Sun for repair work
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Almost four SIX years on and STILL not complete. Amazing - your tax dollars hard at work.

NO accountability for the government.


I fixed it for you!

Technically, rehab work started over 10 years ago, but the current effort started in mid April, 2014, when eastbound traffic was suspended. It is INSANE that almost 6 years later that bridge is still undergoing rehab work.

Posted on: 2019/12/8 4:10
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Re: JC teachers who made 99K or more in 2019
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So we have a problem, we have a shitty system with some of the best paid teachers in the country. Go figure.


This right here is the real problem! While we should have well paid teachers to ensure we give our kids the best possible education we can afford as a city, we have a real problem in that we have very well paid teachers and an atrocious school system that ranks VERY poorly. Why is that?

If better teachers equal better results, then why are we having such bad results? Something is not adding up in JC.

Posted on: 2019/12/6 21:15
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Re: Pedestrian plaza development
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People who think a car-free / pedestrian plaza is incompatible with thriving retail establishments need to get out and travel. All over the world you see areas just like the one we have here in JC, and they do phenomenally well.

The one issue I see with our pedestrian plaza is that it is still too small. If they extended the plaza towards the West (as has been proposed/planned) then you would have more space for retail. Our pedestrian plaza is dominated by restaurants and bars, which is great, but it does prevent people from making it a shopping destination, since it has limited appeal/variety. We need more retail in there. Alas, the rents might be prohibitive for small businesses to survive and thrive.

Posted on: 2019/12/6 21:06
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Re: Woman charged after keeping her 2 kids and mom in filthy JC home
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The house looks like it is for sale and/or up for a foreclosure auction. Taxes are $18,265 which does not seem right for a home that :
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One of the two two bathrooms in the story-home had no running water and had corroded sinks and bathtubs, the source said. The entire second floor, where the dogs were kept, was covered with feces.


https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/54- ... y-NJ-07302/38888459_zpid/


lol... wut? Is that some sort of new strategy: let dogs shit all over the place and then file for reduced taxes??

The house is in foreclosure, but has also been on the market for quite some time. They are asking 2.6 MM. Perhaps that's why it hasn't sold?!?

I met many people in my old neighborhood (BeLa) that prior to the recession were holding out and refusing to sell properties, demanding or unrealistically expecting million dollar payouts for homes that were dilapidated and worthy of being condemned. Their rationale was always "people are getting that kind of money for other properties" never acknowledging that those other properties had better locations (say, DT, instead of BeLa) and in much better conditions. Some people just live in fantasy land.

Seeing how the 2019 taxes are just over 18K, that puts the value of the property at just over 1.2 MM. They are asking for twice that. They will be evicted long before anyone pays that money for that place.

Posted on: 9/17 19:00
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Re: Another trendy JC restaurant is closing.
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That's a difficult location that really only seems to cater to the after-work, #crispyboys crowd. I still can't believe that Greene Hook, which is only a few blocks away, is still in business. Their food has always been ok-to-decent but I've never seen the space filled.


Perhaps it is just "a few blocks away," but it might as well be miles away. You can't possibly compare the two locations. There is nothing in Harborside to really attract people after work hours, or during weekends, while Greene Hook is in a bustling residential area, surrounded by many other restaurants in the vicinity, which invariably leads to more foot traffic.

Also, not sure if they still do it, but they used to do $1 oysters on Sundays and that was a popular draw. I do agree with you that their food was so-so, so I am not a regular (it's been at least two or three years since I last visited) but they are probably filling some need or void. Less than a block away is Rumi, which is DELICIOUS, and that place is usually dead, but they make brisk takeout business.

Posted on: 9/17 18:50
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Re: Heads Up: Newport Liberty Half Marathon is on Sunday
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JC animal in action: some asswipe decided to disobey instructions from a policewoman guarding an intersection and drove onto the path of runners. Apparently, some runners didn’t take too kind to this and pulled him from the car and fisticuffs ensued.









From the following thread in Nextdoor:
https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=123905795&comment=291379396

Posted on: 9/15 23:09
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Re: Skunks out of control in Lafayette!!! City Sides with Skunks!
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I really hope that last post is a joke. But, if it isn't... why would anyone think/assume/believe that Animal Control can and should locate, trap, and dispose of random wildlife making its way into private property?

[sarcasm]
Ill be sure to call Animal Control the next time a bird flies into my place!
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Actually, yes, that is within their mission. But it seems like their primary job is being non-responsive so as to make whatever it is the citizens problem. They will not even return a call. Even the nice workers at LHS admit as much. Lord help you if instead of calling them 10 times till they send someone with a trap you rescue a cat yourself but are unable to keep it. You might as well put it out on the street again, even the cat rescues won't take it. Ask me how I know, the kitten is making our elderly cat miserable.

http://www.libertyhumane.org/animal_response_team
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The Animal Response Team serves Jersey City, Hoboken and Bayonne. If you live outside of these areas you need to contact your municipal Health Department or Police Department for assistance in reaching your animal services provider.

Contact the Animal Response Team Anytime If:

-You have found an injured or sick stray animal (this includes wildlife)

-You have found and confined a stray domestic animal

-You are witnessing possible animal cruelty or neglect

-There is a stray animal who appears to be dangerous

-There is a wild animal in your living space that cannot escape


*that cannot escape*

The OP stated that they couldn’t even locate the animal themselves, or even identify it.

Going by a strict reading of the highlighted item, if wildlife makes its way to your home, Animal Control is only required to assist IF the animal is unable to make its way out. A wild animal that meanders into your home and has left (or, could leave) will not warrant a visit by AC personnel.

Posted on: 9/12 15:05
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Re: Illegal gambling at County Schools
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Pretty sad and demoralizing to read the article and realize that none of it comes as a surprise. Such is the state of corruption and malfeasance we have come to expect from our local pols and institutions that this type of scandal barely registers.

Posted on: 9/11 18:02
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Re: Skunks out of control in Lafayette!!! City Sides with Skunks!
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I really hope that last post is a joke. But, if it isn't... why would anyone think/assume/believe that Animal Control can and should locate, trap, and dispose of random wildlife making its way into private property?

[sarcasm]
Ill be sure to call Animal Control the next time a bird flies into my place!
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Posted on: 9/11 17:59
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Re: One of N.J.'s trendiest Asian restaurants has closed its doors
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Well-deserved - service sucked and the food was worse.


SO TRUE - the last time I visited was about two years ago and swore that never again. It was one too many "second chances". A group of eight and half of our food order took over an hour to show up. Half the table had already finished their meals while some of us kept waiting for ours. And, the management was just inept at dealing with the issue.

Previous to that visit, at least two or three times visited with friends during happy hour and it was always the same "mistake" where the bill would reflect the regular prices instead of the discounted happy hour prices. The first time it was easy to believe the "innocent mistake" explanation, but after two or three such occurrences, you just realize that the whole thing is SOP. Oh well, we simply stopped going. The clientele was also the usual obnoxious "after work" crowd that is out to get drunk before heading out to the suburbs.

Posted on: 8/27 8:51
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Re: One of N.J.'s trendiest Asian restaurants has closed its doors
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If this new place is looking to draw it's clientele from NYC, then they should stay in NYC. Who needs them here?


Shouldn't a city that's going through a financial crisis and is increasingly forced to raise taxes be accepting of anybody that wants to come here and spend money and contribute to the local economy? If you want to live in some insular community, there are plenty of shit suburbs in NJ where you'll never have to worry about anyone coming to visit.


Agreed with you. I can't understand this insular mentality of eschewing visitors (who want to come here to spend some of their money) out of some misplaced sense of entitlement or fear that visitors will somehow "destroy" the fabric of our city.

I would rather see JCPD clamp down on the drunks who come here to imbibe and then drive all over town like maniacs at closing time, or the out-of-town commuters that speed on local streets as they try to make in/out of JC.

Posted on: 8/27 8:43
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Re: Female Jogger Slain - Body Found in Lincoln Park Lake
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Hey Cuomo today just signed a bill designed to give scum like this a drivers license. With a drivers license undocumented people can vote in NY. Further the bill limits the dentention time allowed to hold criminal illegals. I'm sure that dope Murphy will be on board soon.


This simply isn't true, undocumented persons will not be able to vote as the requirements to register are:

- Be a United States citizen;
- Be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote);
- Resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election;
- Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (unless parolee pardoned or restored rights of citizenship);
- Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
- Not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

And the bill has no provisions regarding detention, incarceration or any other form of detainment.

The point is the animal that killed Ms. Carolina was a bad dude and his citizenship status has nothing to do with that.


1. if they are already here illegally what's to stop them from checking the box claiming they are a US citizen and registering to vote? --- NOTHING
2. he was here illegally after being deported twice, his status has everything to do with her being dead at his hands.



What? Checking a box is not how we prove our citizenship in this country. We have these things called Social Security Cards and Birth Certificates.


And yet, that's exactly how you get registered to vote in NYS. You just have to check off a box and all is good to go. Even the spokesperson for the state's BOE has confirmed that is the case.

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...at voting polls you're typically required to bring two forms of ID one of which is those documents that "undocumented" people wouldn't have.


Have you actually ever voted around here?? At polling stations you show NOTHING. You just state your name, and address, and they look you up in the voter register rolls. They match what you state with that's in the rolls and you are then given your ballot.

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Re: Female Jogger Slain - Body Found in Lincoln Park Lake
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https://www.ny.gov/services/register-vote

Social Security number required


They require the last four of a social security number, and only when doing so online. In person at the DMV, they are only required to check off a box.

Posted on: 6/20 20:08
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Re: Female Jogger Slain - Body Found in Lincoln Park Lake
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Here is a link to what NY requires someone to possess in order to vote.


https://www.voteriders.org/ufaqs/new-york-voter-id-information/


You should probably try getting your voter registration requirements from the state in question and not some non-profit from Santa Monica, California. Notice the .gov... that's official

https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html


Dude, you are being DENSE. In NYS, the sole requirement to register to vote is to provide/present a driver's license and to attest that you are eligible to vote, but this last requirement is an honor system without verification.

You can do it online here: https://voterreg.dmv.ny.gov/MotorVoter/

Or, you can do it in person at the DMV when submitting your driver's license paperwork by use checking the box that says you want to be registered to vote.

Heck, even the guy who sponsored the bill admitted as much ("Theoretically, they could have the ability to vote") and the spokesperson for the NYS Board of Election confirmed it, as well.

"Voters need only provide a driver’s license number to register to vote, according to BOE spokesman John Conklin.

“If you have a driver’s license number, you basically stop there,” Conklin told The Post Tuesday of the vetting process.

Registrants are required to check a box swearing they are eligible to vote in the US, but “it’s ­basically an honor system,” he said.

Posted on: 6/20 20:07
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Re: Window washers spray nesting peregrine falcons off JC building
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What the hell is wrong with people?


A whole lot...

Posted on: 6/20 14:31
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Re: Dixon Leasing renovated Fulop's Ogden home for free.
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Cant wait for this Dixon era to come to an end. Never healthy to have one institution own such a large share and concentration of properties in one area.

Cutting your dividend to 1% from 5% spells significant issues at the investor/master fund level. As that fund winds down or massive redemptions, the forced liquidation of their assets in downtown JC will be interesting to watch. As a resident, what you don't want is them making the market and having a massive downfall where they have to sell a significant amount of their properties in a short amount of time.

Either way, not healthy for the market. They have ability to control and move market on way up and same could be said for the way down.


This entire diatribe is predicated on a false premise: that Dixon Leasing somehow owns (and, controls) a large share of the local market. By all accounts, they owned 24 units that could have been affected by the reval. Even if they owned twice or four times that, you are talking about less than 100 units, in a city that boasts well over 100,000 units. How is that a large share?

My experience from following them (and being inside several of the units leased by friends or acquaintances) is that they do really good work and that the people renting the units are generally satisfied. I think a lot of people simply don't like Dixon because they cater to a specific segment/demographic and hating on rich or well-to-do people is so very cool nowadays.

Posted on: 6/18 21:51
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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The issue is that if you are living in a building where lots of units are Air Bnb then they need to let you know up front so you can decide if you want to live with that.
If you have a building that's completely AirBnb then it needs to have signage indicating that so once again, people can decide if they want to live there.
I wouldn't live in a building with strangers constantly coming in and out, and neither would a lot of other people.
Second, how do people not see what this does to the housing market? Not to mention neighborhoods.
There is a big difference between people renting their house here and there or even a room, particularly if it's owner occupied.


But, again, this measure is overly aggressive in trying to solve this problem. If I want to spend the Summer away and rent out my unit to a friend, or even a stranger, for the month or two I will be away, I would not be allowed to do so legally, even if I had the consent of my landlord, as I live in a building with 5+ units. Where's the harm in that scenario?

Posted on: 6/11 16:39
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Re: New Jersey to require schools to teach LGBT history
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Y'all homophobes are a trip man.
"teach LGBT history" - what do you think this is going to consist of? It's going to be one page in a 400 page text book and a ten minute discussion about civil rights for all and the Stonewall Riots. Maybe one question on a test or quiz. None of your kids will "turn" gay if they weren't already.


If you are right, that is a perfectly fine thing and perhaps this whole headline is just a grab for points with the base. Perfectly reasonable people would (or, should) be OK with what you expect. I think some people's reactions are based on the lack of information as to what all of this means, or what to expect. With some, like the Yvonnes of the world, there is nothing that would be acceptable to them.

Posted on: 6/10 19:44
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Re: New Jersey to require schools to teach LGBT history
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....history will be rewritten to accommodate the gay agenda.


Are we still using "gay agenda" in 2019??
I'm not a fan of the Yvonne-bashing that goes on here, but now I see why it's so tempting.
Ten bucks says she was one of those people who read this satire piece as fact, and sent it to all her homophobic friends with the comment "I TOLD YOU IT WAS HAPPENING!!!"

https://www.theonion.com/98-homosexual ... e-nearing-goal-1819564785


Personally, I am against the idea of forcing all public schools to teach "LGBT history" (how would it work? Part of the basic curriculum, alongside math, science, and literature? an elective?) just as I am against forcing schools to teach "creationism" as established fact (or, alternative explanation) along evolution.

But, I 100% support the sentiment that there is no such a thing as a "gay agenda" or that this is all some sort of nefarious plan put in motion by some centralized committee trying to influence the masses. I just think that Murphy is a fool pandering to his leftist base. I really wish we could keep politics out of public education, but that is the battlefield where the culture wars are now waged (and, has been for 20+ years) so I know I am also being naive to even hope for that.

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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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I read the ordinance. The AirBNB spokeswoman is correct about it pretty much killing the business outside of owner-occupied 1 to 3 family buildings.

Non-owner occupied properties are essentially banned (over 3 units) or severely limited (28 days max a year). With the limits and the registration fees, AirBnB becomes non economical to do, which is I think the point of the regulations.



As the next-door neighbor of an entire apartment building that's being run as an AirBNB hotel, I applaud this restriction. The developer pitched this new construction to the neighborhood and zoning board as rental apartments, and then promptly furnished them and listed them all on AirBNB and comparable overseas short-term rental sites. He lives in the Hamptons, and his neighbors get to deal with the noise and confusion of a stream of transient visitors. (Confusion because, weekly, one of them sets off the fire alarm, and our street is filled with ladder trucks. Maybe label your system more clearly, absentee concierge?)
isn't there a limit of 5 units? why doesn't the city enforce the 5 unit limit first


Why allow 5 units in the first place?? That is insane.
Subletting your home while you're on vacation: awesome.
Renting out a spare room or mother-in-law suite: super.
Removing 5 rental units from the market to run your own ad hoc hotel in a residential neighborhood: hell no.


The 5-unit limit to which hero69 alluded is about the provision that no one in a building with 5 units or more would be allowed to list their unit on AirBnb. I think that is an arbitrary, BS provision. Why should the local government get to tell me (or, anyone for that matter) what I (or, they) can do with a unit as long as other laws are not being broken? As you yourself mentioned, if I want to go on an extended vacation and rent out my place to recoup some of my costs, why should I not be allowed to do so? Personally, I am not sure I would ever open my place to complete strangers, but I have used AirBnb in many places around the world, and the experiences have been great: I often get to meet people (the hosts) that offer great ideas and suggestions, and have even made some good acquaintances in the process. It also allows for a more immersive experience when traveling. And, yes, I have also saved some money in the process.

This entire thing reeks of BS: the city "tabled" the previous motion, but they are now trotting out a clone of the original proposal, and a secondary one with more or less the same restrictions with the added "upside" of grandfathering previous AirBnb hosts in buildings with 5 or more units. Either way, I think this is a gross overreach by the local government. If the proposal is adopted, I hope they are taken to court and forced to roll back the law. Given the recent track record of JC in state courts, I would say the odds of losing are pretty good.

Posted on: 6/10 18:23
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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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Electric cars would replace ICE if the energy storage issues could ever be worked out. Current technology based on lithium / cobalt is not economically viable, safe, or environmentally sound. The issues have been papered over via subsidies, tax breaks, and a lot of virtue signalling."


And oil producers, refiners, pipelines, and automakers haven't benefited from subsidies and tax breaks? Not to mention the massive externalities they create and do not pay for. Please.

There is a misconception about insufficient battery life in today's electric vehicles. Many (not all) EVs offer 200+ mile range per charge. The misconception stems from people not understanding how they actually use their car 95+% of the time. For the vast majority of the people, the vast majority of the time, 200 miles per day is much more than necessary. I'm not telling anyone they should or shouldn't buy an EV, but if you honestly assess your needs, there is a good chance that battery life isn't an actual barrier to purchasing one.


My reaction was the same: to bemoan subsidies for EVs while the oil industry continues to enjoy unfettered support and subsidies from the government (both directly, and indirectly) seems a bit myopic, or downright disingenuous.

Hybrids no longer enjoy any sort of tax incentive (at least at the federal government) and the tax credit for EVs is quite limited (available to the first 200K deliveries for a BRAND/MAKER) so the overall cost to the federal government is much smaller than the cost of support and subsidies provided to the oil industry.

Anyone that doubts that EVs will someday overtake regular ICE vehicles is simply in denial. That person would have likely also thought that cars in general were a fad and horse-drawn carriages would prevail. Advances in technology have made EVs more affordable and more suitable for everyday use for the average person.

As I mentioned earlier in the thread, the only challenge to EV ownership for the vast majority people would be long road trips, and that's an issue that goes away for certain brands, such as Tesla and Porsche very soon. As other manufacturers adopt more advanced charging technologies, this will soon cease to be a concern. But, for the rest of population that seldom travels more than 100+ miles in a day, this is a non issue.

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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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Left unmentioned: will the charging stations that will be accessible to the public be free? Most small to midsized cities around the country have moved to provide subsidize charging stations that provide free charging to the public during non-business hours. This is a great way to encourage adoption of EVs by the general public.

Right now, the largest obstacle to EV ownership in JC, or any other urban city, is a lack of convenient charging solutions. Cities that deploy charging stations in government buildings and parking lots help address that problem by making them available for general use after hours, and most of them do so free of charge. It would be nice to see the same here.


Isn't the entire block of First between Marin and Provost charging stations? I'm not saying it's enough to shift the market, but there are a lot there and they're never fully occupied.


I did mention that stretch of charging stations in one of previous replies. But, it should be pointed out that there are two sections to the street charging units. The easternmost section (directly in front of The ArtHouse JC) are zoned for EXCLUSIVE use by EVs, and the municipal code stipulates that the cars must be plugged in and charging. There is a huge caveat, though: the charging stations are from the ChargePoint network, but only 2 of them are available to the general public. The others are actually "restricted use" and you must have a further membership with Greenspot in order to use them. The western section (the one in front of The Oakman) are actually NOT EV exclusive, so they are usually taken by regular vehicles. Of those stations, I think most (or, all?) are fully available to any ChargePoint customer. The rates being levied by ChargePoint at those stations are REALLY high.

In any case, whether 10 or 15 stations are available, this is very limited, and not entirely practical, unless you happen to live close by. There are 20 Tesla chargers at the Newport Mall parking lot, along with a few stations from other networks, and those see a lot of use. The city has not made a conscious effort to support an EV charging infrastructure, and so that makes the adoption of EVs locally more challenging than it needs to be.

As for the other concerns mentioned by the other poster, the matter of range anxiety is very overblown (most people only commute short distances and seldom require roundtrips longer than 100 miles) and newer standards and technologies allow some EVs to charge at very high rates, and battery capacity continues to improve. The only time an EV becomes impractical for the average person is when attempting a long road trip, as charging times make it entirely impractical, unless you are driving a Tesla, which are able to go longer, and charge in a fraction of the time.

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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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I would argue it is better to attract MORE residents than businesses, as residents would have an emotional and physical bond to the city, instead of the daytime employees that come here, clog our streets, speed like crazy, and generally have no vested interest in our communities.


But people like Yvonne disagree with that totally, as do places like Silicon Valley cities, who lure vast numbers of well paying jobs that bring in tax dollars, but refuse to allow adequate housing for those workers to be built driving home prices to astronomic levels. Everyone wins except the new workers who have to either spend all their salary on housing or commute 2 hrs each way.


The Silicon Valley thing is truly a mess: in between NIMBY types opposing more housing construction, existing overly restrictive zoning laws, and the booming dot-com / tech industries, the situation there will not improve anytime soon, if ever. Housing starts are not even half what they need per year, making it near impossible to ever recover. Sadly, the parallels with JC are many. It is no coincidence (nor at all surprising) that even previously shunned or ignored areas are seeing a huge influx of newcomers. Greenville will soon be no different than BeLa, as more yuppies come to JC but are unable to afford the DTJC rents. Many buildings in DTJC (mine included) now command 3.2K / month for a 1bd/1ba, and vacancies only last a short time before getting snapped up.

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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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All the no turn on red signs recently put up has been terrible for air quality.
...but a whole lot better for pedestrians. Every other driver never looked right for who was on the curb, stepping off.


Perhaps. But, a couple of problems: people continue to flaunt that type of signage (never have I lived or visited anywhere where STOP signs are treated as entirely optional) and enforcement is abysmal. Additionally, while drivers around here are overly entitled and downright dangerous, the pedestrians are not any better: lots of people jump off the curb from in between parked cars without seeming regard for their own person. And, add to that the many asswipes that ride on sidewalks and come out flying at intersections, and you have a recipe for chaos, which is exactly what happens. I have had a TON of people come off sidewalks on bikes at high speed and as a driver you are not expecting (or, looking for) cyclists to appear in a crosswalk as you are approaching or about to cross.

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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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All the no turn on red signs recently put up has been terrible for air quality.


Yet more reason to encourage adoption of EVs by the general population. NYC has adopted well defined plans to try and get a large percentage of cars on the road to be electric (desired goal is at least 20%, iirc) and while it may seem lofty, over in Norway they have achieved even greater numbers. In fact, during the past quarter (or, year?) the majority of new car registrations were for EVs. With the right policies in place, an entire country is being transformed in a few years. There is no reason why we couldn't accomplish the same. There are some very real and valid benefits to increased adoption of EVs, chief among them an improvement in general air quality. Currently, NYC has one of the highest pediatric asthma incidence in the nation, which has spurred the city into adoption stringent idling laws, and to push for EV adoption.

If we are serious about becoming the best mid-sized city in the US, we should be studying what other cities are doing and perhaps emulate some of their policies.

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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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Vacant land requires few services but people do require services: more police, more fire stations, roads, schools, parks and more public employees to handle services. Then there is the infrastructure for water and sewerage. Actually, in the Mount Laurel decision, there was a cost analysis of what new construction will cost that town. Then the township back in the 1980s had a cost of $35,000 for every new resident. That figure will probably be triple today. For JC, the immediate concerns is education. How do we pay for more schools and teachers with influx of families especially in Bayfront which expects 10,000 more residents. By the way, Bayfront will cost JC homeowners a bond of $170 million and that does not include the interest over the next 20 years.


Be that as it may, additional residents means additional revenue. Those people that will cost the city $170 million in a bond, will be contributing tax revenue for years to come, and if we can get the city to be more judicious about their spending, there is no reason why things should not work out in the end.

In the end, it seems to me like you would like JC to remain "as is" without any additional growth or changes. It is an unrealistic goal/desire: not only are people wanting to come here, but the idea that you can stifle growth and change is simply unrealistic and the logical conclusion of a city that doesn't grow or welcome newcomers is that it will eventually die off, as the existing people die or leave.

In fact, since you like anecdotes so much, here is a personal one from my recent trips all over Europe visiting small towns and villages: all over Spain, Portugal, and Italy, entire towns and villages are becoming essentially ghost towns as younger people flock to the large cities (Lisboa and Porto in Portugal, Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon in France, and Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga in Spain) and leave behind their hometowns. These smaller towns that have failed to attract business and people are literally dying off, as older people remain and then die, and empty storefronts abound. It is a stark sight to roll into a small town that is almost deserted and devoid of life. I wouldn't want that fate for Jersey City, and there is no reason for that to be the case. In fact, I would argue it is better to attract MORE residents than businesses, as residents would have an emotional and physical bond to the city, instead of the daytime employees that come here, clog our streets, speed like crazy, and generally have no vested interest in our communities.

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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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How can you have affordable housing when taxpayers paid $909 million to the county, school, and city governments in 2018? The way affordable housing is done is by passing off low income housing taxes onto the general tax paying homeowner who does not have a tax abatement. But that makes housing more expensive for that group of property owners. It is the equivalent of having a restaurant and charging one group a lower price, then inflate the price for another group to cover the group who had the reduced meal. Down the road, someone will pay the tab.


As usual, you find yourself out of your depth, but that doesnt stop you from spewing an uninformed opinion. You are conflating subsidized housing with the concept of "affordable housing". Affordable housing is about ensuring that there is enough supply to meet demand, so that prices are not driven up exuberantly because of competition for what little is available.

Affordable housing is about ensuring that a majority middle class is able to afford to live locally, and the working class is able to reside in relative proximity to where they work. So, instead of having $5,000 rents for a 2+ bedroom apartment, you end up with something lower. If instead of 1,000 units for 2,000 people you had 2,000 units for 2,000 people, competition is lowered and prices would not skyrocket. Encouraging the city to loosen zoning rules and limitations, along with approving development that helps alleviate the situation, is the smart thing to do: it is not subsidized, and it would allow us slow down the frenetic rent increases of recent times.

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Left unmentioned: will the charging stations that will be accessible to the public be free? Most small to midsized cities around the country have moved to provide subsidize charging stations that provide free charging to the public during non-business hours. This is a great way to encourage adoption of EVs by the general public.

Right now, the largest obstacle to EV ownership in JC, or any other urban city, is a lack of convenient charging solutions. Cities that deploy charging stations in government buildings and parking lots help address that problem by making them available for general use after hours, and most of them do so free of charge. It would be nice to see the same here.


This being JC, land of the entitled prick driver, what will you do when someone simply takes the spot, EV or not, and leaves their car there all day? You can't depend on city enforcement.


The "city owned" charging stations I have used in other places (Rochester, NY and Nashville, TN) are both accessible to the public during non business hours, and free to use (the city covers the cost) and if you try to leave a car parked at city hall, or at a fire station, it would just be towed. Seems easy enough to enforce, given that these are city lots where someone is bound to notice a non-city vehicle taking up a spot, especially if said car is a regular ICE vehicle that is not plugged in.

As for enforcement of non-city owned chargers (say, in public areas, like the stations along 1st St) the city has been spotty on enforcement: some days they come around and ticket vehicles that are parked on those spots without plugging in, and other days they ignore those vehicles. It doesn't help that half of the stations are "optional" EV parking (ie, not exclusive for the use of EV) and the Parking Authority PEOs dont seem able to keep things straight. So, yes, agreed that enforcement could/should be better in public areas, but the enforcement of charging stations in city owned facilites and lots should be a cinch.

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Here's why we have an inventory, and thus affordability, crisis: developers cannot today build what's on the left, only what's on the right. 56 homes, vs perhaps 8. Building "affordable housing" is still rationing it while we keep supply low with zoning to protect incumbent owners and the precious street parking.

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Bravo. A perfect illustration of why we have an affordability crisis. Not all that different than the situation in San Francisco, where zoning laws have prevented much needed large scale construction. The height restrictions encased in zoning laws have prevented much needed development. Jersey City will continue to get more exponentially expensive as more people flock here, and as more businesses open up or relocate here, while we continue to limit new construction. Even the much touted 34,000 units approved for construction will not satisfy current population growth trends. Current estimates are that JC has grown almost 10% since 2010. At this rate, we will need another 30,000 units by 2030 and those may not even be enough. It is way overdue that the city and its council take up the current zoning laws and make the necessary changes to enable JC to accommodate its projected growth.

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