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Archive for August, 2011

State Officials Tout Transit Villages

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Two of New Jersey’s top transportation officials stress the importance of transit-oriented development and the state’s Transit Villages program.

Why Not Tier Solar Incentives to Encourage Advantageous Locations?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

New Jersey Future’s testimony at the Energy Master Plan hearing highlighted ways to encourage solar on rooftops, landfills and brownfields.

Density and Sprawl Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Low density is certainly one of the dysfunctions of the dominant development pattern since 1950, but it is not the only one. Two other factors — segregation of destination types and a lack of connectivity in the local street network — also contrive to force people into their cars for most daily activities, even in neighborhoods with high housing density.

What makes a great place to live?

Friday, August 19th, 2011

CNNMoney’s list of great places to live is a good start, but how about some more smart-growth indicators included in the criteria they used?

How about an E-ZPass for transit?

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Transit farecard inter-operability isn’t all it could be. But the technology exists, so why can’t a traveler use one farecard on every North American city’s transit system?

Accommodating Growth in Mercer County

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Development pressures in Mercer County are likely to increase in the next 25 years, exacerbating traffic and loss of open space. Redevelopment is one way to address this problem, by accommodating new growth in areas with existing development and infrastructure. However, redevelopment efforts can face strong public resistance. New Jersey Future convened several groups of thought leaders in Mercer County to examine some of the reasons for this resistance, and to highlight steps that can be taken in the future to minimize it.

Blackouts and a Bright Spot in the Energy Master Plan

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

New Jersey Future released its comments on the Draft 2011 Energy Master Plan, with a mixed review on transportation, commitment to the green economy and solar siting.

Memo to HR: Want to Attract Top Young Talent in New Jersey? Move to the Cities

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Some employers in New Jersey are realizing that its hard to attract top young talent in the suburbs.

New Jersey Dominates List of Top Public Transportation Cities

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Of Forbes’ list of top 10 cities for public transportation, five are in New Jersey, including the top city, Hoboken.

Highlands Council Can Support Local Growth Plans

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Updated Aug. 5: Five municipalities had their center designation plans approved at the Highlands Council’s Aug. 3 meeting. New Jersey Future and the Regional Plan Association sent a letter to the Highlands Council supporting its favorable review of the plans.

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