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Where Do New Jersey’s Property Tax Bills Hit the Hardest?

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Recently-released property tax data from the Department of Community Affairs have reminded us once again that New Jerseyans pay a lot in property taxes. Indeed, New Jersey residents pay the highest property tax bills in the country.

Older Homeowners in Car-Dependent Suburbs Face Difficulty Downsizing

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Older adults in New Jersey looking to sell their homes—most of which are single-family detached houses—as younger generations continue to prefer smaller homes in walkable communities.

Does School District Fragmentation Support Residential Segregation?

Monday, November 9th, 2020

If New Jersey wants to address its status as one of the most segregated states in the country, mitigating its exclusionary land-use incentives by organizing and funding public education at a higher level of government might be a good place to start. Read the latest installment in our Geography of Equity and Inclusion series.

To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, We Need to Drive Less—and Build Smarter

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

A new report from Transportation for America, Driving Down Emissions: Transportation, Land Use, and Climate Change, makes clear that the amount of carbon we pump into the atmosphere still depends on how much we drive, which in turn depends on where and how we build things.

The Black-White Homeownership Gap in New Jersey

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Where we build our housing, the type of housing we build, and for whom we build it affects our environment, our quality of life, and how segregated a state we will live in.

New Jersey’s population impacted by loss of immigrants

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

Recent changes in federal immigration policy have slowed the stream of immigrants to a trickle with implications for the New Jersey’s overall population growth.

A Shift to Working From Home Raises Many Questions About Potential Effects on Other Aspects of Daily Life

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

Read New Jersey Future’s perspective on some of the possible effects—both positive and negative—on the geographic patterns of residence, employment, shopping, and travel behavior if the stay-at-home advisories of the pandemic era translate into a permanent increase in the number of people working from home.

Redevelopment Is the New Normal

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Since the end of the decade of the 2000s, New Jersey Future has been documenting the return of population growth to the state’s cities, towns, and older, walkable suburbs, noting that redevelopment has become the “new normal.” Now, with recent new data from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Land Use/Land Cover mapping project, and a value-added analysis by researchers at Rowan and Rutgers universities, we can clearly see the degree to which redevelopment has been saving land.

Urban Comeback in New Jersey

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Where are New Jerseyans living? Where are they moving to and from? And what is driving these changes? Today, we add another variable for why people may choose to move: the consequences of a global pandemic on where people live and work.

NJ Stay-at-Home Order is Reducing GHG Emissions

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

According to the traffic data analysis consultant INRIX, New Jersey is #1 in staying at home, notching a 63 percent drop in statewide personal vehicle travel as of last week, when compared to the baseline week of February 22nd.

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