Today, whenever people speak about renaissance they refer to
Jersey City. Of course, this is not an exaggeration. However, this was not the
case a few years ago. The waterfront rail yards of Central Railroad of New
Jersey were abandoned. Colgate-Palmolive, once the city's economic foundation,
left Exchange Place, leaving thousands jobless and working-class families
uncertain about their future. Dilapidated neighborhoods and crumbling historic
landmarks were a common eyesore.
Now, the state's only financial district stemmed up from the
former rail yards and deserted warehouses on the waterfront. We now have an
impressive slew of art deco, modern and neoclassical towers in and around
Exchange Place. In fact, in the next four years, Jersey City's class A office
space will reach about 15 million square feet, which is more than what exists
now in downtown Atlanta.
Urban renewal is prevalent throughout the city. The housing
boom fueled the revitalization of our neighborhoods. From Hamilton Park to
Paulus Hook, from West Side to the city line, and from the Heights to Journal
Square and toward MLK Drive, properties are valued once again. Project after
project is being proposed. Block after block will be refurbished.
Our educational institutions are among the best in New Jersey
and the New York metropolitan region. McNair Academic is ranked as the number
one high school in the state. New Jersey City University, the former Jersey City
State College, has the number one cooperative education program among the
state's colleges. The culinary arts program from Hudson County Community College
is touted as one of the best in the area.
culture are thriving in our city. Liberty State Park is visited by more than
four million tourists each year. From Cirque Du Soleil, a renowned circus, to
musical icons like Ricky Martin and Andrea Boccelli, the park has served as a
world-class venue for entertainment. The Jersey City museum just opened its
state-of-the-art facility downtown. The annual arts tour at WALDO, an artist
district, is drawing 10,000 guests annually. Some of our neighborhood assets are
pristine cinematic backdrops, so from time to time you will come across "The
In addition, our communities are ethnic crossroads to the
world. We are a proud city of more than 50 languages. And with more than 240,000
residents to date, we are the fastest growing multicultural mosaic in New
Did I mention to you that we are just minutes from Manhattan,
and we have one of the best mass transit infrastructures in the country?
So visit us and see for yourself. Experience the renaissance.
Discover Jersey City.
Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham