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Archive for February, 2010

Market Forces Portend Shift From Sprawl to Redevelopment

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The percent of New Jersey households containing children under age 18 has been falling steadily, to the point that two-thirds of New Jersey households are now child-free.

Stimulus Investment in Transit Creates Twice as Many Jobs as Roads

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

This according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), which analyzed data from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on state spending of federal stimulus dollars in 2009. The analysis found that “every billion dollars spent on public transportation produced 19,299 job-months, compared to 10,493 job-months for every billion spent on highway infrastructure.” This analysis […]

Budget Ax Falls on Transit, Spares Roads

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Newark Penn Station. Source: John O'Boyle/The Star-Ledger
In his address to the Legislature last Thursday, Governor Chris Christie proposed a number of cost-cutting measures designed to balance the state budget. Among those cuts was a $32 million reduction in the state’s payment to NJ TRANSIT. “The state cannot continue to subsidize New Jersey Transit to the […]

This Week in Land Use

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Each Friday Garden State Smart Growth will post a collection of links to news articles pertaining to land use in New Jersey. We try our best to capture all relevant stories, but we’re not perfect. Let us know in the comments if we’ve missed anything.

Sunday, 2/7/10- Middlesex County begins effort to preserve 144 acres (Star-Ledger) […]

Groups to Governor Christie: No Cuts to Transit!

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Today New Jersey Future, along with 10 other planning, labor and environmental groups, released the following statement calling on Governor Christie to not cut funding for NJ Transit:
NJ Transit's Riverline in Trenton. Source: NJ.com
A broad coalition of labor, environmental, and planning groups called on Governor Christie to reconsider his proposal to drastically cut NJTransit funding, […]

Governor’s Housing Opportunity Task Force to Assess State Planning Act

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Governor Christie signing Executive Order 12 (Governor Photos/Tim Larsen)
Earlier this week Governor Christie issued Executive Order No. 12 , which creates a “Housing Opportunity Task Force” to recommend how the state should address a variety of questions related to providing affordable housing.
The task force is charged with reviewing not only the Fair Housing Act and COAH […]

Taxes Chasing People Out of New Jersey – But Which Tax? And Which People?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Last week, the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College released Migration of Wealth in New Jersey and the Impact on Wealth and Philanthropy, a study indicating that New Jersey has experienced a net loss of wealth since 2004 as a result of  high-wealth households moving out of the state and not being replaced […]

This Week in Land Use

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Each Friday Garden State Smart Growth will post a collection of links to news articles pertaining to land use in New Jersey. We try our best to capture all relevant stories, but we’re not perfect. Let us know in the comments if we’ve missed anything.

Sunday, 1/31/10- Millburn says it has solution to dispute over protected […]

Are Transit Cuts in Salem a Sign of Things to Come for NJ?

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Downtown Salem, NJ
An article in the Sunbeam (Salem) describes how a transit program operated by Salem County was shut down recently after their grant funding ran out. The program transported workers from Salem County to jobs in local industrial parks, and was canceled when the County left their half of $400,000  matching grant from NJ […]

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