If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you’ve read this on one of my posts.. so just fast forward to the + .. to read new stuff.
Lately I’ve been thinking about how a few years from now, when people say “I grew up in Jersey City” it will be so different from the city I grew up in. And let me tell ya, I have such conflicting emotions about it.
On one hand I am thankful for the positive things happening and I can’t deny that I love the out of towners I have met. But on the other hand, I can’t deny that all of the construction going on makes me nervous. Seems like every other day a new house is being knocked down.
Will I be able to afford living in the city I grew up in? Will I even want to? What is Jersey City becoming? In many ways, I feel like this city is losing its authenticity, and I think that’s what I have a hard time accepting. If you’re new here you probably won’t understand what I mean. I’ve heard it be described as a transient city, or my personal favorite.. a place people move to because they can’t afford New York… but to me it’s so much more than that.
+ Now I know I can’t knock people for wanting to move where there is affordable housing, but my issue is when outsiders start to see it as a way to make a profit. People are displaced, houses are knocked down to make room for residential buildings, it feels like there’s no room (parking sucks!!). That’s life I guess.
Anyway, in an effort to maintain a sense of the Jersey City I grew up in, I’ve set 3 goals for myself:
- Support more local-owned businesses + show up to events.
- Get out of my shell and make friends with people who care about their city.
- This one is an idea that has been in my mind for months, yet I have been such a wimp to execute.. I want to interview so many of the lovely people I know and am meeting and give them a space & voice on my blog.