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Archive for January, 2011

College Students as a Leading Indicator of Diversity

Monday, January 31st, 2011

The Fall 2010 issue of Rutgers Magazine featured this very interesting half-page item listing the 10 most common surnames among the Rutgers student body in 2009 and in 1990, showing how the demographic composition of the student body has changed over nearly 20 years.

Nominate Your Favorite New Jersey Project for a Smart Growth Award

Monday, January 31st, 2011

A scene from the 2009 Smart Growth Awards at the Newark Club
Do you know of an innovative approved or built project, adopted plan or initiative that deserves to be honored for bringing smart growth ideals to light? Consider nominating a project for New Jersey Future’s Tenth Anniversary 2011 Smart Growth Award! The deadline for nominations is Friday, […]

DEP Decision Sets Positive Precedent for Compact Growth

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Plan calls for channeling future growth into walkable, mixed-use centers, through either redevelopment of existing cities and towns or creation of new communities, surrounded by protected open lands.

Ensuring Roads Fit for All Users

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The state Department of Transportation recently adopted a “Complete Streets” policy — ensuring that roadways are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, not just cars.

Planning Advocacy Head Offers Public Comments, but Few Hints About Future of State Planning

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Gerry Shargenberger. Source: Atlantic Heights Herald
The status of the Office of Planning Advocacy (formerly the Office of Smart Growth—and before that the Office of State Planning, for those keeping score), as well as the entire state planning apparatus, has been in doubt for years, stretching back to the Corzine administration. (See our Future Facts on the subject, State Planning: […]

BREAKING NEWS: Young People Don’t Want to Live Where Their Parents Did

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

The cast of CBS's How I Met Your Mother, TV's consummate young urban professionals. Source:
This is the message that came out of the National Homebuilders Association annual meeting in Orlando, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. According to the article, young people (born between 1980 and 2000, roughly) are eschewing the suburban cul-de-sacs where they were […]

Historic Preservation Tax Credit Awaits Governor’s Signature

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 128 / The Charms Building. Asbury Pary, NJ. One of the 10 most endangered historic buildings in 2009
The New Jersey Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the Historic Property Tax Credit Act (S-659), which now awaits the governor’s signature. (The Assembly has already passed an identical version of the […]

A Look Back at Governor Christie’s First Year

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

As a candidate for governor, Chris Christie expressed support for a strengthened state planning process, pledging to improve interagency coordination, discourage suburban sprawl and focus all existing incentive programs on urban revitalization.
Christie’s urban platform called for providing affordable, quality housing for those who need it most; making cities attractive to business and job growth; […]

Christie’s TTF Plan Panned in Print

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Source: Mel Evans/AP
Last Thursday, Governor Christie announced his long-awaited plan to address the state’s all-but-bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund. His plan would replenish the Trust Fund and maintain current funding levels through a combination of reapportioned toll revenue from the Turnpike Authority, contributions from the General Fund, continued borrowing (although at a slower pace), and reliance […]

New Jersey Future’s Statement on Governor’s TTF Plan

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Yesterday Governor Christie announced a plan to fund the state’s Transportation Trust Fund for the next five years. Comprehensive coverage of the plan, and reaction to it, can be found in Mark Magyar’s piece on the subject in NJ Spotlight. In response to the Governor’s announcement, New Jersey Future released a statement, which can be […]

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