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Old 01-25-2018, 08:41 AM
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Newark would actually be a good choice and I'm guessing you're unaware of the revitalization efforts underway in the city. Obviously it still has its challenges but I'd have no issue relocating there if the opportunity presented itself. The Ironbound has become one of my favorite neighborhoods anywhere.
By you saying that you'd have no issue relocating there, says a lot.

Gonna do more reading on Newark ...

 
Old 01-25-2018, 08:52 AM
 
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By you saying that you'd have no issue relocating there, says a lot.

Gonna do more reading on Newark ...
I got a chance to explore Newark a bit for the year I lived in Jersey (most of 2015) and already knew someone there who acted as a "tour guide" of sorts. The seeds of revitalization have already been planted downtown and now is a really good chance to get in on the ground floor of something great that's simmering there. You can tell it's just a matter of time before it fully turns the corner.
 
Old 01-25-2018, 11:01 AM
 
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I got a chance to explore Newark a bit for the year I lived in Jersey (most of 2015) and already knew someone there who acted as a "tour guide" of sorts. The seeds of revitalization have already been planted downtown and now is a really good chance to get in on the ground floor of something great that's simmering there. You can tell it's just a matter of time before it fully turns the corner.
Cory Booker did an incredible job as mayor of Newark, but it's still Newark. Fortunately, for Newark, there's still Camden. Everything is relative.

I think that the best possibility on the list is Schuylkill Yards. Philadelphia's problem is Pittsburgh's problem - the legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in Harrisburg. It's basically like Raleigh-north.
 
Old 01-25-2018, 11:59 AM
 
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Interesting you say all of that.

Last night I looked into some things...you're right; Newark is still Newark. The downtown district is growing; some new business and residential developments; a beautiful new riverfront park, etc.

But most of Newark - a city that covers a scant 26.11 square miles - is a dive. The towns that immediately surround Newark - Irvington and East Orange - suffer from serious issues as well.

Newark has great rail and light rail; a great airport, access to NYC, plus it benefits from the rich diversity of it's residents.

But whatever. And I am going to catch hell for saying it, but Atlanta is a finalist, and I don't see Atlanta as being significantly better, or different, from Charlotte.

Here's the latest:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/22/gbh-...ns-new-hq.html
It's a city you have to keep an eye over your shoulder. I've taken many walks in Newark where I couldnt help but envision an Ax swinging across the back of my head. The transit is good if you don't mind foul smells.

Atlanta is a strong finalist. But seeing how Charlotte didn't make the 20 makes me think Atlanta won't be chosen. Charlotte was a nicer option than Atlanta in many practical ways.
 
Old 01-25-2018, 11:59 AM
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I got a chance to explore Newark a bit for the year I lived in Jersey (most of 2015) and already knew someone there who acted as a "tour guide" of sorts. The seeds of revitalization have already been planted downtown and now is a really good chance to get in on the ground floor of something great that's simmering there. You can tell it's just a matter of time before it fully turns the corner.
Appreciate the reply. I have always had a special place in my heart for North Jersey (especially the architecture) .

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Cory Booker did an incredible job as mayor of Newark, but it's still Newark. Fortunately, for Newark, there's still Camden. Everything is relative.

I think that the best possibility on the list is Schuylkill Yards. Philadelphia's problem is Pittsburgh's problem - the legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in Harrisburg. It's basically like Raleigh-north.
Speaking of Raleigh, the City is on Amazon's list of finalists...wonder if Raleigh will ace Amazon.
 
Old 01-25-2018, 12:03 PM
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Apparently, Houston is confused as well:

"When the company released its list of 20 cities still in the running, Houston didn't make the cut. Among the metropolises still on the list are some obvious choices like New York and Los Angeles, as well as head-scratchers such as Raleigh, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio. Dallas and Austin are also on the short list. Houston has the dubious distinction as the largest city in the nation that Amazon shrugged aside."

Amazon shrugged, Houston lost - Houston Chronicle
 
Old 01-25-2018, 12:04 PM
 
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Newark would actually be a good choice and I'm guessing you're unaware of the revitalization efforts underway in the city. Obviously it still has its challenges but I'd have no issue relocating there if the opportunity presented itself. The Ironbound has become one of my favorite neighborhoods anywhere.
The revitalization has been going on for years. Many have lost money. I lived and worked there, went to school etc all dark days of my life. Ironbound is sort of cut off from the rest of Newark and a bit expensive considering you would live in a neighborhood of illegal families where English is a 2nd language.
 
Old 01-25-2018, 12:41 PM
 
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Atlanta is a strong finalist. But seeing how Charlotte didn't make the 20 makes me think Atlanta won't be chosen. Charlotte was a nicer option than Atlanta in many practical ways.
I don't know about that. ATL has a larger tech workforce, better airport, much better mass transit, more robust business community, etc.
 
Old 01-25-2018, 12:46 PM
 
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Appreciate the reply. I have always had a special place in my heart for North Jersey (especially the architecture) .



Speaking of Raleigh, the City is on Amazon's list of finalists...wonder if Raleigh will ace Amazon.
The legislature in Harrisburg has been at war with Philadelphia & Pittsburgh for decades. I think that the NC legislature has been patterning themselves after the batch of bozos in Harrisburg. I honestly think that Schuylkill Yards is the best site. If it doesn't win, it will be because of Harrisburg. Raleigh is at the mercy of our legislature. What's the chance of Berger playing ball with Amazon?
 
Old 01-25-2018, 12:48 PM
 
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Atlanta is a strong finalist. But seeing how Charlotte didn't make the 20 makes me think Atlanta won't be chosen. Charlotte was a nicer option than Atlanta in many practical ways.
This makes literally zero sense. Atlanta made the list but Charlotte didn't, but somehow you think they are on an even playing field or that Charlotte actually had an upper hand??? Amazon isn't looking for "nicer;" they have a set a criteria specifically mentioned in the RFP that Atlanta comes a lot closer to meeting than Charlotte. Atlanta has a ton more tech talent, great universities (lots of tech companies recruit Georgia Tech grads in particular), a more robust mass transit system, several suitable sites near MARTA stations, is in a state that is more generous with incentives, has more cachet with millenials/young professionals, can more easily absorb the growth that Amazon will bring, etc.

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The revitalization has been going on for years. Many have lost money. I lived and worked there, went to school etc all dark days of my life. Ironbound is sort of cut off from the rest of Newark and a bit expensive considering you would live in a neighborhood of illegal families where English is a 2nd language.
Ironbound is vibrant, diverse, has great food, and exposes you to different cultures. You may see that as a negative but I love it.

Sorry your days were so dark while in Newark. It's not a perfect city but I'd take a chance on it myself if the opportunity came along.
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