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Re: New racetrack idea pitched for in and around Liberty State Park
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Maybe developers can put a track around the Xanadu development instead? After all, didn’t they convince everyone that it’s location was perfect for that sort of thing? You have to admit there’s plenty of open space out there. Leave our beautiful State Parks alone, they are NOT on the table for “development “.

Posted on: 6/22 23:03
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Re: Kushner in New Jersey unraveling
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Say what you like about the man, his crowdsourced “ heap of discarded empty plastic vodka bottles” art installation now on view at the building site is a Brilliant ironic take on his version of consumer values espoused by his family. A true monument that represents so much.

Posted on: 4/25 15:20
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Re: Beware - Direct Energy Marketers - latest scam
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7:30 PM Scammers gained entry to my building and knocked on my apartment door. Im on the third floor. No idea who let them in. It’s PERSONAL when they knock on your actual door isn’t it? I’m well versed on the scam so I was not being pleasant when I asked them what they wanted. The scammer stammered some B.S. about “ doing a study of energy consumption”. I told them I knew it was a scam and they dug in their heels and escalated with ugly words of their own, not backing down. Aggressive little bastards. Why can’t the police do something about these cockroaches?

Posted on: 12/4 20:10
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Re: Just say 'no' to 'millionaires' marina on the south side of Liberty State Park
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The marina would certainly be a For-Profit privately owned enterprise. Should ANY for-profit business be allowed to allocate for itself pieces of ANY public land? I’m surprised anyone here could rationalize the parceling out of public parkland for ANY non-park related reason, let alone a for-profit one which the public couldn’t be expected to freely benefit from. Even if the Marina was going to be an in-house Parks Department owned and operated concern, we’d all STILL expect the opportunity to weigh in on it and participate in transparent dialogue before it began to be considered seriously. Also I think we would years ago have heard the public clamoring for another marina. I’m very interested in sailing and boating in the harbor and I’ve NEVER in twenty years heard any public suggestion that we should agitate for a marina in this location. There us NOTHING grass roots about this project and it bears all the hallmarks of private concerns operating in secret, NOT an above board legitimate attempt at persuading the public.

Posted on: 2017/11/24 14:14
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Re: Child fatally struck by car in Jersey City, sources say
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Ive lived in Jersey City near Journal Square since 2001 and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a cop standing next to an automobile writing a ticket about three times in total. Maybe only twice? Certainly only ONCE in the last five years. The clear message to the motorist is that you can drive any way you like, there are no consequences for law breaking behind the wheel. It’s the pedestrians that suffer the consequences. But why is it that the police won’t enforce traffic laws? I would be very curious to see comparative statistics of how our city compares to others in how traffic fine revenue is keyed to pedestrian fatalities.

Posted on: 2017/10/30 11:23
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Don't you think that the time for "Republican due diligence " was at any time over the last seven years, not right now? "Right now" is the time frame any rational person would expect to see a workable improved health care proposal being unveiled. But what we have instead is a Body of Republicans who have control of the House and Senate and the Whitehouse, who LITTERALY spent the last seven years CROWING about their desire and intention to implement a new and better alternative to the ACA, failing to show that they had made ANY attempt at Planing or crafting a working model that would replace the ACA and which they could all agree on. It's a colossal failure and should demonstrate to all Republican voters that their representatives have been lying to them for the last seven years, that they never had an alternative to the ACA. All their focus and energy was spent on obstructionism and now when it is their turn to legislate and lead, they don't know how to do it, they are completely failing to perform as lawmakers. Why did you vote for them?

Posted on: 2017/7/20 14:06
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Just a note on the NEW York Times: 122 Pulitzer Prizes over a century of publication. Or is the Pulitzer Prize another vast liberal conspiracy? Like all papers, they print editorials. Don't like the liberal slant of the editorials? Read only the news sections. It's still a better source for facts than any pro-trump " news source" ive ever seen. But maybe this particular open minded liberal hasn't yet been exposed to a decent conservative news source that prints only valid news? Post a link to one you can vouch for and I will read it with an open mind. But here is what I've found wheneve I make an offer like the one above: conservatives CANT provide a link to valid news sources that support their views.

Posted on: 2017/6/29 8:27
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Re: Where to buy leather products such as dyes, leather glue, etc?
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Kaufman Leather. Used to be on Lafayette st in Manhattan,now in Brooklyn. If you work with leather you should at least visit this place: http://www.kaufmanshoe.com/

Posted on: 2017/5/7 8:41
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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.

Posted on: 2016/12/12 8:25
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Re: What Kind of Plane is This?
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Many military and historic restored aircraft like to get photographed with the Statue of Liberty in the background and this is a much more likely explanation of why you see military aircraft in our skies. Its not anything sinister. If you were in the military and you had a choice of where to fly around, wouldn't you want to fly over NYC?

Posted on: 2016/11/22 21:02
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Re: Light bulbs in a rental unit
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How many J.C. List serial posters does it take to screw in a light bulb? Quite a few it would appear.

Posted on: 2016/11/21 13:58
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Re: STARBUCKS: HOMELESS SHELTER (Grove)
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First World Problem.

Posted on: 2016/11/20 10:03
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Re: Ballot 1 - Casino's in No. NJ
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I CAN'T WAIT to vote no on this thing, I'm going to be smiling all the way to my polling place anticipating the satisfaction I'm going to get when I vote no, so hard, for this.

Posted on: 2016/11/7 16:28
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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.

Posted on: 2016/10/27 6:23
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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What exactly comprises an "art district" and what are its characteristics that give it substance beyond the "selling the sizzle" aspect of a real estate developers initial pitch? Developers should be asked to define EXACTLY what those words mean and then when the project is complete there needs to be a mechanism in place that judges weather or not a viable "arts district" has been created. After all this is the valuable trade off the developers are offering the city in exchange for the go ahead to build whatever they want. If they are claiming they can bring an "arts district" to an area where before there was none, and they are claiming it is a contribution so valuable that the city should overlook zoning, then they should have no trouble defining it exactly and guaranteeing it will happen upon the projects completion. Are there people at city hall that can weigh in on this issue and point to examples int he recent past where developers created an Arts District as they promised?

Posted on: 2016/10/26 6:44
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Re: Jersey City envisions arts district near historic Loew's
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Has the prospect of offering "cultural enrichment" in the form of promises from developers to include space in exchange for permission to go ahead and build whatever they want EVER yielded any "cultural enrichment"? Do any of you guys know of actual artists working living or exhibiting in newly built condo buildings? Have any of you ever went to an art show in a newly built condo? Are any of you guys Jersey City artists who were able to get lower rent in a new building simply because of your art background and the building had set aside some units for artist housing in exchange for relaxed rules about development?
I ask since I have in the past heard of such "cultural enrichment" incentives being offered at the outset of proposed condo development but I can not recall EVER hearing of their implementation once the buildings were done. I would feel better about the development of this property and the proposed alteration to the alley behind Loews, which I use EVERY DAY, if someone could point to an example of a "cultural enrichment" payoff that was brought about by real estate developers building tall condo buildings in Jersey City. I could be wrong but it seams to me that in the past it has always been a case of Bait and Switch.

Posted on: 2016/10/26 6:28
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Re: FULOP, DEAL WITH PEDESTRIAN & BIKE SAFETY!!
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I only heard about the march on JFK on the day of. I feel there must be many others who would have joined in on the march had they had more of a heads-up. I would suggest a follow up march in which more lead time is built in and with more promotion. If your turnout was as strong as it was ( and it WAS I saw pix on facebook, Congratulations!) you will certainly get even more concerned citizens to march. I feel a huge number of people would want to show support for this issue had they known about the march, and would be willing to march in the future.

Posted on: 2016/10/17 11:43
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Re: 3 armed robberies in Jersey City early this morning; one near PATH
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I had to be up early for work this same morning, I was out th door at 5:30 so just a couple of hours after the robbery, and on Broadway and Romaine (near Tonnale) was a car UP ON BLOCKS! Passenger side window busted, the lug nuts lying on the street. Its dead at 3:00 AM on Broadway but still, this is a rather brazen crime on a well lit street. And its just a couple blocks over from the alleyway where the guys got robbed. I would say this is a LOT of crime for this area, all in the same night. I have only seen one other car on block in the last ten years, and that was in Hoboken.

Posted on: 2016/7/13 18:40
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Re: Boggiano 2017 Signs
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I too find it odd that we are being addressed by his son, rather than the man himself. Reading his sons list of things "you don't get with Boggiano" I was instantly struck by this line: "4. No higher ambition. I have no idea what office, if any, he'll run for in 2017. He only cares about Jersey City and has zero aspirations for any higher office.".. which flies in the face of this thread- You know the title of this thread is "Boggiano 2017 signs" - and it is concerned with campaign signs which have been appearing for a year or so now?
Boggiano represents me and I was very disappointed when he came out so strongly against the red light cameras in my city. As a pedestrian beleaguered by the bad driving of overprivileged JC drivers I was saddened to see my elected representative work so hard to remove the red light cameras, which I had seen as the only visible indicator that the city cared at all about pedestrian safety. Their removal sent a clear message that the driving members of the public were the only ones who mattered, and Boggiano made a point he was strongly in favor of their removal, at no point did he acknowledge that they had made the streets safer for pedestrians, he was concerned only with the cares of the motorists. In subsequent statements I have seen Boggiano make disparaging remarks about cyclists and this only serves to reinforce in my mind the view that he is only interested in the auto driving members of his constituency. I will not vote for any JC candidate that does not express a clear intention to always put pedestrians and cyclists safety above automobile convenience. If its possible that I am wrong about Boggiano's views on pedestrians and bikes in the city I am sure I would not be alone in hoping to hear the man himself clearly express his stand on pedestrian safety issues in his own words.

Posted on: 2016/6/29 8:13
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Re: Shutting Down Downtown on a Saturday
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Regardless of how you feel about automobile ownership in JC and the entitlement that is expected to go along with it/ or not go along with it, you should all agree that the best time to shut down streets for NEEDED REPAIR is on a weekend. Further, in my view its much better to take your medicine all at once rather than take it a little bit at a time in terms of street closures. Plus its more efficient for the road crews to have all the materials and equipment in play all at once in a bigger effort than it would be if they were digging one hole at a time on one street at a time.

Posted on: 2016/6/21 8:29
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Re: No pedestrian signals in Hoboken
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Hoboken has always made due with minimal road signs or traffic signals. When I moved to Hoboken in 1990, there were only about six stop signs in the entire city. Drivers had an understanding that at any intersection the driver to the right of whichever two cars met had the right of way. Washington street is a mess lately but my understanding is there is a planned comprehensive reengineering of the entire street with a lot of new configurations of intersections. SO maybe there will be pedestrian signals when the have the re-do. One thing they will not have, astonishingly, is bike lanes.

Posted on: 2016/5/1 6:30
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Hoboken's Antique Bakery, bakers of the worlds best bread, has moved to Jersey City!
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Antique Bakery has moved from Willow Ave in Hoboken to 279 Newark here in Jersey City. In my opinion they make the best bread ever. Anywhere. I stopped in today and the price of the regular bread is the same as it was in Hoboken but they are using the existing brick oven the 279 Newark property already had in place. If you doubt my assertion about the bread, go try some. But be warned that once you try Antique Bakery bread you will be destined to be forever disappointed with all the other bread. For the rest of your life you will find all other bread to be either bland, boring or somewhat disappointing, depending on where you are.

Posted on: 2016/4/28 18:26
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Re: Commercial Barges to be Placed Near LSP/Ellis Island - Petition
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More barge thoughts and observations: Cargo on barges can be nearly anything, you see all kinds of things on barges as tugs move them across the harbor and up and down the river as quickly as possible. Time is money and there is no time to leave a barge sitting around unless it is loading or unloading. But off to the lower third of the upper harbor one sees dozens of moored barges, mostly located on either side of the Staten island Ferry route well South of the Statue of Liberty and North of the Verranzano bridge. These barges are all fuel oil barges. You can tell since they are required to fly a red flag to denote their cargo. These are the barges that would be located off Liberty State park. My understanding is that these barges movements (or lack of movement) is driven by the oil industry and the fluctuating price of the commodity. They sit and wait for marketplace forces to cause them to move on to discharge the cargo somewhere else. As I said in another post, the available mooring buoys are never all in use at the same time. This leads me to speculate that there is no need for the new mooring buoy location, unless its a competitor trying to gain more resources in the harbor. And here I will editorialize and say that the proposed location is a part of the harbor that should NOT be available to private concerns for a commercial venture. Not this close to a State Park nor so close to Liberty and Ellis Islands.

Posted on: 2016/4/20 8:20
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Re: Commercial Barges to be Placed Near LSP/Ellis Island - Petition
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Some NYC Harbor barge facts for the landlubbers: Barges don't have their own anchors like ships do, tugboats move them from place to place and when they need to keep them out of the way for a while they attache them to a mooring buoy. These buoys are large floats that are chained to their own giant anchor on the riverbottom, barges hitch to them and then they stay put in this location but they will swing in a circle around the mooring buoy like a dog on a leash. In the PDF of the proposal the Army Core is saying the barges will be 35' wide and 195' long and as many as six barges tied together in a bundle all using the same mooring buoy. This would represent a floating object 105' wide and 390' long and likely 10' ( no, not 2' high as a landlubber has suggested). Further the Army Core is saying that this collection of barges will rotate around the buoy on a 582' circle represented by the buoy's chain. There are a LOT of these mooring buoys out in the Upper Harbor and there are always a lot of barges moored to them. I spend a decent amount of time sailing all over the harbor and I have NEVER seen all the existing buoys in use, they are never at maximum capacity. Also I must note (and I could be proven wrong here but I am pretty sure I am not) that none of the existing mooring buoys are as close to land as this one will be, certainly NONE of the existing buoys is located directly off a public park.

Posted on: 2016/4/20 7:53
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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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The clear message from city hall to philanthropists is "Don't donate any money to cultural institutions, we will just take it". By this action ALL not for profits in the city have their fundraising problems magnified since potential donors will now have to worry about political nonsense like this effecting where their money would go. Would YOU donate money to a cause if you knew the city could step in and redirect it away from your intended benefactor?

Posted on: 2016/4/17 20:55
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Re: New PATH cars alrady rusting
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Quote:

EasyGibson wrote:
7 years isn't a short amount of time for rust to start developing on something that lives outdoors and is powered by high voltage.

Cars always have to get fixed/repainted.


My point is that an important bit of hardware, like a commuter train should be made of materials that CAN NOT rust. Like for instance EVERY aircraft that you see. Materials should be selected on the basis of their durability, to assure the longest possible lifespan of the equipment with the lowest possible maintenance cost. I am very surprised to see the rust appear so soon on a surface that- in my opinion- should be that part of the train cars that lasts the longest. It makes me wonder what OTHER parts of the train are rapidly aging due to a poor choice of materials.

Posted on: 2016/4/15 9:18
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New PATH cars alrady rusting
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They started fazing in the new cars in 2009 I think and lately I have been noticing rust on the sides of the once shiny new PATH cars. I remember seeing dime sized dots of corrosion on the sides of some of the cars a while back but at the time I think I must have thought it was spattered with dirt, not actual corrosion. Two days ago I was walking on the JFK Blvd overpass on the West side of the street opposite the Journal Square station on that stretch of sidewalk where you can look down into the rail yard and it struck me that ALL the PATH cars I could see were brown with rust on top. I would have assumed that the unpainted bright metal exterior of the cars was stainless steel or aluminum and that the metal, whatever it was, had been chosen for its longevity and RESISTANCE to corrosion. But it looks to me like all the new cars are blooming with rust now, its not isolated to just a few cars, and its getting worse. Did the Port Authority buy cars they knew were going to rust right away? Or were they cheated by the contractor who chose a cheep alloy or coated steel with a too thin coating? What does this say about the service life of these cars?

Posted on: 2016/4/15 6:33
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Re: art museum to Journal Square?
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I work in the fine arts and feel that museums and opposable thumbs are what separates us from the animals. Also I live in Journal Square and feel the cultural vacuum. But I am not getting on board for an art museum until I see some frank discussion about what went wrong with the last Jersey City Art Museum. How and why that institution failed needs to be examined. I would like to hear an "official" accounting of how it failed, all I have ever heard were rumors and gossip about the mismanagement. Also one should ask what it was that the old museum got right, did it succeed at anything? And after it failed, was whatever it had been providing missed? A valid point I would also make is that the Loews Jersey Cinema and the Friends of the Loews have been doggedly filing Journal Square's cultural vacuum for a decade but the current administration has made a point of trying to scuttle their efforts and take the cinema away from them. If the city wants more culture in Journal Square (and they should) maybe they should start by not being antagonistic to the existing local cultural institution? A final note is that I am STILL waiting to see some plain old yellow traffic stripes painted down the center of 80% of the Journal Square area roads. Can we please have some very basic pedestrian and traffic safety infrastructure before we start planing museums? Could the city please just paint some stripes on the roads?

Posted on: 2016/4/12 18:59
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Re: Bike Share Flap Pits JC vs. Hoboken
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Slightly off topic: citibike NYC is doing an under-the-radar withdrawal from service of all of the newer model citibikes in what amounts to a product recall. No mention of it on their website. They sent me an email saying the front fork design is flawed and an independent contractor is inspecting every one of the "new" bikes and performing repairs as needed. I bring it up here since ALL of the Jersey City citibikes are of the "new" model. I doubt there is too much cause for concern I have NEVER seen a citibike with its front wheel broken off (its the FOrk that holds the front wheel on) But its news related to citibike and Jersey City.

Posted on: 2016/4/1 10:18
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Re: City Budget Suggestion Box - Cost Cutting and Revenue Generating Ideas
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Whenever this topic comes up I wonder why the most obvious course of action has net been pursued: Enforcement of the existing automobile related laws. Whenever I walk out my door I am assured of seeing dozens of Moving Violations and parking infractions of every kind. The laws are there on the books, enforcing them would generate revenue. SO why not act? Fear of voter backlash I suspect? The amount of leeway allowed motorists in this town is ridiculous and needs to be curbed. Yes it will anger motorists but the quality of life for the rest of us will improve and those of us who do not drive ALSO vote.

Posted on: 2016/3/18 9:48
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