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Old Posted Sep 17, 2019, 4:46 PM
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Gentrification Isn’t Just About Housing Affordability Anymore...

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Dear Editor:

I am writing to point out that many politicians advocate in favor of greater rent control and for additional affordable housing while casting votes that add to the gentrification of our city. Not the old-fashioned gentrification that you easily comes to mind but a more subtle form of gentrification being practiced where residents are driven to self-relocate due to the increasing cost of living here. Not their housing costs, but their parking costs.

If you blinked, you probably missed it. At the last meeting the City Council voted to continue its sad record of selling off municipal lots while increasing the financial burden on taxpayers. The Council voted to transfer the last municipal parking lot serving Downtown Jersey City to the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency. The JCRA will in turn sell the land to its developer of choice. The City is moving forward with the idea of shuttering the municipal parking lot just two years after eliminating dozens of street parking spaces on Newark Avenue to create a Pedestrian Plaza.

Where do you park your car while visiting Restaurant Row or if you’re a senior filling a prescription at the local pharmacy? Where do residents park overnight? “Who cares,” says the City....

Parking is the single most serious economic issue facing residents of Jersey City, and our government is oblivious to this. It isn’t the first time they’ve done this. First came for-fee parking at Newport Centre where we were promised a sizable discount for Jersey City residents, and that rate continues to inch up, over loud objections...

Parking is the single most serious economic issue facing residents of Jersey City, and our government is oblivious to this...

[City Councilor] Michael Yun
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Entitled much? It's kinda like NYCHA residents with surface parking in Manhattan complaining that the city is looking to redevelop property to pay for much needed repairs of the units. Why should we subsidize parking? I love how the author is all for city's subsidization of parking by providing far below market rates, but something that benefits all residents, like growing the tax base with buildings that generate more in property tax revenue than it consumes in city services, that's the thing that's wrong.

The high the car ownership rates, the worst traffic will be in an older city like Jersey City. Multi-modal transportation options is the way to go and private automobiles share of that needs to continue to decrease.
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Old Posted Sep 17, 2019, 4:48 PM
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Jersey City has one of the lowest car ownership rates in the U.S.

Obviously the municipal govt. should not be in the business of subsidizing car usage. The city seems to be on the right path.
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Old Posted Sep 17, 2019, 4:51 PM
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Old Posted Sep 17, 2019, 4:59 PM
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i really dig that mural that spills down onto the alley pavement.

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