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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 […]

Developers Worry Parking Privatization Will Impede TOD…In Boston

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

It seems NJ Transit isn’t the only transit agency seeking to wring more revenue from the acres of parking it controls near its stations. At the same time NJ Transit is vetting bidders for the right to lease and operate 81 of the most profitable parking facilities in its system — in exchange for an […]

Cliff Lee Swayed by Philly’s Public Transit?

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Fans headed to the 2008 Championship Parade on the Broad Street Line. Source:
Not exactly New Jersey related (though plenty of Phillies fans reside in the Garden State), but close enough that I figured i’d pass it on for all you Phillies fans out there (myself included). Apparently Cliff Lee’s wife, Kristen Lee, preferred the […]

National Pundits Weigh in Against NJ Transit Parking Privatization

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Princeton Junction Station. Source: Michael Mancuso/Times of Trenton
Since our Future Facts on the issue in November, a number of media outlets in New Jersey have run stories on NJ Transit’s plan to privatize parking facilities at 81 of its stations. Now, several prominent national pundits have weighed in to oppose the plan, particularly for its […]

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