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John Majeski is the editor for New Tampa Patch. He spent 8 years in journalism before moving to Florida last summer. As a reporter in New Jersey, he handled everything from murder-suicides and investigative pieces to light features. He also shot and produced online news videos.
World Trade Center site redevelopment and the hottest penthouses hitting the market were both regular topics John covered when he later went on to work as a section editor and writer for a real estate trade publication in New York City.
Currently, John heads the Patch site for New Tampa, the community that has served as his home since Summer 2010.
At Patch, we promise always to report the facts as objectively as possible and otherwise adhere to the principles of good journalism. However, we also acknowledge that true impartiality is impossible because human beings have beliefs. So in the spirit of simple honesty, our policy is to encourage our editors to reveal their beliefs to the extent they feel comfortable. This disclosure is not a license for you to inject your beliefs into stories or to dictate coverage according to them. In fact, the intent is the opposite: we hope that the knowledge that your beliefs are on the record will cause you to be ever mindful to write, report and edit in a fair, balanced way. And if you ever see evidence that we failed in this mission, please let us know.
How would you describe your political beliefs?
Just left of center.
Are you registered with a certain party?
How religious would you consider yourself?
I have recently started attending Sunday services again after a decade-long absence.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community? Where do you stand on each of these issues?
The biggest issues facing the region are the availability of well-paying jobs, real estate values, rising costs of living and the lack of mass-transit options. Specifically, New Tampa has been experiencing its share of growing pains as infrastructure fails to keep pace with the number of people who move here.
While I know it takes a long time to break old habits, it is very disappointing to me that mass transit improvements are not better supported by the public. I don't think Tampa will reach anywhere near its potential as a city without a modern transit system. Relying solely on roads is simply an old way of thinking.
With improved mass transit, Tampa will be positioned to better attract world-class employers who can provide the well-paying jobs that we all need.
When it comes to real estate values, I am grateful to live in an area of town that has seen less distressed sales than others.