Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

Transit

Smart Growth Award-Winner Wesmont Station Opens

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Ten years after winning a Smart Growth Award, and long after its associated residential development was completed, NJ Transit’s new Wesmont Station has finally opened.

Infrastructure Matters

Monday, May 16th, 2016

National Infrastructure Week is May 16 thru 23, and offers a good reminder of the importance of investing in infrastructure: It benefits the community, and the economy, and the costs of not investing can be far higher.

Demand for Transit Neighborhoods on the Rise

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Since the Great Recession, the growth rate in New Jersey’s transit-oriented areas has outstripped the growth rate in exurban areas and in the state overall, according to an analysis of new Census data.

Forum Feature: We Need To Do Transportation Planning for People, Not Cars. And We Need To Do It Fast.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Urban innovator, author and transportation expert Gabe Klein urged attendees at the Redevelopment Forum to re-think how they plan for people to move — and to stay in one place.

Forum Roundup: Gateway Tunnel Will Provide Much-Needed New Transit Capacity

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Panelists at a Redevelopment Forum session on the proposed Gateway Tunnel project highlighted the much-needed new transit capacity across the Hudson River it will bring, allowing New Jersey residents greater access to jobs and boosting the region’s economic growth.

New Zoning Codes: More Housing Options, More Mixed Use, Less Parking

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

A look at how several cities have updated their zoning codes reveals some common approaches to using their land more flexibly and smartly.

Smart Growth in the Somerset Hills

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Two Somerset County municipalities are considering taking smart-growth initiatives to revitalize their local economies.

Can New Jersey’s Older Residents Afford Their Housing?

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

A new report analyzes the question of housing affordability for New Jersey’s older residents, and finds barriers in two types of communities.

Surgeon General’s #StepItUp Campaign Highlights Land-Use Challenges to Regular Walking

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The surgeon general’s call for more walking, and acknowledgement that not all communities are designed to foster walking, is a welcome recognition of the importance of smart-growth design.

Can Somerset County Attract Millennials?

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

A report from a studio class at the Bloustein School examines Somerset County’s opportunities to attract Millennials.

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