I'm a stranger in a strange world. Moved to JC (Heights) last January. I've never lived in an area so uncared for by both residents and the local government. I'm guessing Christie doesn't give a shit about the ever-growing mountain of empty fast food containers piling up on my block.
Hi The Irish Cannot Cook -- I'm a transplant as of three years ago myself. I could not believe the amount of corruption that residents just EXPECT in this state. I KNOW Chris Christie doesn't care about the pile of empty pile of FF containers lol. I had that problem too when I lived near India Square off of Kennedy Blvd. The best thing I can say about Christie is that he's not a 'shut down the government' Tea Party member. He does think with his own mind but most times I don't like where his conservative mind leads him.The local government in Jersey City is slowly (and I mean slowly) for the better. 2013 will tell the tale.
As a 30-year resident of Brooklyn, I've seen my fair share of corruption in government--especially at the local level. I will give Brooklyn's corrupt leaders credit in that it took years (in most cases) to take them down. Sounds like a lot of the politicians in JC are sloppy and mired in scandal from the moment they step into office. On the subject of garbage, I did find this interesting quote on the Jersey City Incinerator Authority Web site:BROKEN WINDOW SYNDROME"A house or office building with all its glass intact tends to stay intact. But, if one of the windows is broken and it is not immediately repaired, pretty soon all of the other windows will be broken because people will think no one cares. It's the opening wedge to more serious decay in the quality of life. When people see graffiti unattended, they believe the quality of their life has been threatened in a personal way and they begin to wonder whether the good guys or the bad guys control the neighborhood."--by James WilsonSocial Scientist, UCLANothing like a strange quote on a (likely) seldom-visited Web site to spur the community into action
Excellent point on the incinerator page. So true
Hopefully I'm not being presumptuous or harboring elitist tendencies by saying this, but I highly doubt the people who think the sidewalk is a competent stand-in for a trash bin are going to be enlightened by Deep Thoughts by JCIA. Well, they do have an offer of help to those wishing to start cleanup projects in JC. I'll contact them and let you know what they say.
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