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Archive for August, 2011

Moving Planet New Jersey Bike Ride and Rally

September 24, 2011
10:00 amto12:00 pm
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Join the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and our partners, Brick City Bike Collective, Bike Bloustein Walk Bloustein, Bike Jersey City, Bike & Walk Montclair, East Coast Greenway Alliance, Newark Bike Exchange, Trenton Cycling Revolution and others for a rally and ride in Newark.

We will gather in Washington Park in Newark, which is adjacent to the Washington Park Light Rail Station, and between Newark Penn Station and the Broad Street Station. We will ride along a public art route, generously provided by Brick City Bike Collective, taking in murals, statues, sculptures, fountains and fantastic architectural features, winding our way through several parks, universities and few hidden historic gems.

Participants are invited to bring any extra bicycles and donate them to the Boys and Girls Club Bike Exchange of Newark.

Washington Park, Newark, N.J.

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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?

Honoring Brendan Byrne

November 20, 2011
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

New Jersey Future will host a soirée to honor former New Jersey governor Brendan T. Byrne. We’ll be offering hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, and a chance for you to come and chat with a true New Jersey visionary.

It’s difficult to overstate the impact that the leadership of Gov. Brendan T. Byrne had on the state of New Jersey. His administration put into place measures that continue today to make New Jersey a more prosperous and livable place, including protection of the Pinelands; sweeping fiscal reform, especially in public education; establishment of the first statewide public transit agency in the nation; restoration of the Hudson River waterfront; development of the state’s first water supply management plan; and creation of the state Economic Development Authority to attract business investment and jobs. His legacy endures to this day, and into the future.

Location: Morven, Princeton, N.J.

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2011 Childhood Obesity Summit

October 14, 2011
8:30 amto3:30 pm

The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids is hosting a summit for leaders from across the state who are working to build and strengthen childhood obesity prevention activities in New Jersey .

  • Connect with a growing network of local and statewide leaders and advocates
  • Learn about the latest research that can help inform policies and practices in schools and communities
  • Share successes and strategies for preventing childhood obesity in underserved communities across the state
  • Inspire collaboration and strengthen partnerships

Interactive breakout sessions led by state and national leaders will focus on effective strategies for creating healthy communities that support and encourage healthy eating and active living. New Jersey Future’s Dan Fatton will lead a session on policy tools you can use.

Location: Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, N.J.

More information and registration.

New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids is a statewide program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with technical assistance and direction provided by the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance.


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Princeton Downtown Redevelopment Workshop

September 9, 2011
9:30 amto11:00 am

Downtown New Jersey is hosting a special complimentary program to provide an overview of the development experience in Downtown Princeton. Please plan to stay for a guided tour of this impressive redevelopment area and Princeton University.

Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton

More information and detailed agenda.


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Downtown NJ Excellence Awards-Deadline

September 16, 2011
6:00 pm

Downtown NJ is seeking submissions for its 2011 Excellence Awards. Deadline is Friday, September 16, 2011

More information and nomination form.


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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?

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