In Praise of the Garden State

Wow, a lot of people grouse about New Jersey. Constantly. It's too congested. The taxes are too high. Everything is so expensive. All of these statements are true. But there is one distinct advantage to living in New Jersey: we are dead center in the Northeast megalopolis. That giant, connected city that runs from Boston to [...]

By |2018-02-16T10:12:48-05:00February 16th, 2018|Art, Business, Capital, Criticism, Economics, Education, Gratitude, History, Service, Social Networking, Success, Taxation, Wealth|Comments Off on In Praise of the Garden State

Where Is the Modern Coffeehouse Scene?

Where is the modern Algonquin Round Table where artists and thinkers from a variety of disciplines come together to discuss big ideas? Where are the coffeehouses of Vienna where the likes of Jung, Freud, Zweig, Klimt, Loos and Adler would get together and toss about some bon mots? Where are the non-fiction Central Perk, Cheers or [...]

By |2017-10-23T09:53:44-04:00October 23rd, 2017|Art, Books, Business, Change, Communication, Creativity, Future, History, Hotel, Humor, Marketing, Social Media, Technology, Travel, Trends|Comments Off on Where Is the Modern Coffeehouse Scene?

Path Dependence

Path Dependence is a fancy way of saying, "We have always done it this way." It is defined by the Business Dictionary as, "Tendency of a past or traditional practice or preference to continue even if better alternatives are available." Examples of Path Dependence include the QWERTY keyboard, Microsoft Word (if you are going to [...]

By |2017-08-30T09:44:45-04:00August 30th, 2017|Books, History, Jargon, Real Estate, The Human Condition|Comments Off on Path Dependence

The Appraiser Prosperity Coalition is seeking to level the playing field. I think they should just change fields.

I recently received an email request for a donation to the Appraiser Prosperity Coalition. I was not familiar with the organization, but I took some time to read up on who they are and what they are trying to accomplish. What I found was a group of well meaning residential mortgage appraisers fighting their latest [...]

By |2016-01-07T10:46:29-05:00January 7th, 2016|Bubbles, Business, Creativity, Economics, Financing, Freedom, History, Professional Development, Professional Growth, Profitability, Real Estate, Residential, Risk, Skills, Small Business, Success, Value|Comments Off on The Appraiser Prosperity Coalition is seeking to level the playing field. I think they should just change fields.

Reflections on Santa Claus

When we were kids in the 1970s our dad brought us out to lunch at the Rum Runner restaurant in Sea Bright on Christmas Eve Day. The Gagliano Family hosted the big Christmas Eve Dinner, so dad took us out to give mom a respite. We were a bit of a handful in those days. [...]

By |2014-12-18T09:11:40-05:00December 18th, 2014|Future, History, Humor, Real Estate, Redevelopment|Comments Off on Reflections on Santa Claus

History Schmistory

It is sometimes astonishing how often human beings fail to learn from history. For example: This Monday's Wall Street Journal featured an article entitled, Dodgy Home Appraisals Are Making a Comeback. The article by Annamaria Andriotis opens, "Home appraisers are inflating the value of some properties they assess, often at the behest of loan officers [...]

By |2014-12-04T09:06:41-05:00December 4th, 2014|Bubbles, Business, Economics, Financing, History, Humor, Residential, Risk|Comments Off on History Schmistory

Naming Names

Bradevelt. The name popped into my mind, unbidden, while I was shoveling snow. This is unusual, because I usually spend my time inventing new curse words while I am shoveling snow. In New Jersey in general, but certainly on the Jersey Shore, place names have some unique history. From what I understand, at one time [...]

By |2014-02-11T16:06:16-05:00February 11th, 2014|History, Real Estate|Comments Off on Naming Names

23.5 Degrees

We’re slightly off. 23.5 degrees off, actually. By some accounts, 4.5 billion years ago a Mars-sized object collided with earth, breaking off the moon and knocking the earth sideways. But were it not for this slight tilt, the equator would be an uninhabitable inferno, and the temperate zones that most people live in would not [...]

By |2014-02-04T16:16:37-05:00February 4th, 2014|History, Personal Development, The Human Condition|Comments Off on 23.5 Degrees

Looking for a Place to Live? Think Like a 17th Century Farmer.

The housing market is making a comeback. Hard to miss after seven straight years of grinding losses. Perhaps you have noticed a pattern. Certain areas come back first, and often don’t lose as much value as other areas. The answer is often in the land itself. The first settled and built areas were first settled [...]

By |2014-01-28T09:51:47-05:00January 28th, 2014|Future, History, Humor, Residential, Taxation, Value, Waterfront|Comments Off on Looking for a Place to Live? Think Like a 17th Century Farmer.


Gratitude makes everything better because gratitude, without fail, serves to improve our attitude. And isn't our attitude what really matters? How many apparently unhappy people do you see driving very expensive cars? Or complaining that their soup is too cold? Or too hot? How many times do we grumble about our lot in life just [...]

By |2013-11-25T14:32:45-05:00November 25th, 2013|History, Personal Development, Success, Uncategorized|1 Comment

A Fixer Upper, But Those Views!

It is always refreshing, that moment of clarity. The National Park Service, perennially starved of money, is looking for private partners to help restore some Jersey Shore architectural gems. Sandy Hook, a spit of land in extreme northeastern Monmouth County between the Atlantic Ocean and Sandy Hook Bay, was known as Fort Hancock and served [...]

By |2013-11-20T05:37:41-05:00November 20th, 2013|Creativity, History, Preservation, Public-Private Partnerships, Waterfront|Comments Off on A Fixer Upper, But Those Views!

What Exactly are We Trying to Preserve?

Apropos of my recent post, A Better Way to Preserve Historic Properties, it came to my attention that many historic properties are donated. And that's good, right? Maybe not. While I don't doubt the generosity of the donors, most of these deals are burdensome in the long run, and probably should not be pursued by [...]

By |2013-07-08T09:03:28-04:00July 8th, 2013|Creativity, History, Preservation, Real Estate|Comments Off on What Exactly are We Trying to Preserve?

A Better Way to Preserve Historic Properties

My hometown of Little Silver bought the Parker Homestead some years ago, just a few doors down from my house. The homestead consists of a house and several barns. Preserving the historic site, which dates back to the 17th Century, was a pet project of our late Mayor, Suzanne Castleman. She and her husband Don [...]

By |2013-06-17T09:39:34-04:00June 17th, 2013|History, Preservation, Real Estate|Comments Off on A Better Way to Preserve Historic Properties
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