Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

Community Design

Community design focuses on the building blocks of the built environment — the buildings, roads, sidewalks, parking lots and public spaces – and relates them to each other and the natural environment: the streams, wetlands, lakes and hills.

There are many different ways of arranging these building blocks, and the quality of the design affects both how communities look and how they function.  Community design also determines the scale and character of communities and, perhaps most important, how the scale and character are experienced by the public.  At a time of heightened public sensitivity over issues affecting land development, such as density, good community design plays an increasingly important role in shaping places that are embraced as welcome additions to towns.

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The Transportation-Emissions Reduction Strategy No One’s Talking About

We can reduce transportation-related greenhouse-gas emissions by switching our vehicles to cleaner fuels. But unless we also reduce the miles they travel, we’re only addressing half the problem.

Stormwater Camp: A Summer Week To Remember

A stormwater-themed summer camp in Sussex County, funded for the last two summers by New Jersey Future, teaches green infrastructure to its school-age campers.

DOT’s Municipal Aid: Look Beneath the (Re)Surface for Innovative Uses

The NJDOT Municipal Aid program can be used for much more than road resurfacing. Municipalities interested in a variety of roadway upgrades should get their applications in by the Oct. 8 deadline.

Are the Suburbs Back? Depends On How You Define ‘Suburb’

Are recent reports highlighting a resurgence in population growth in the suburbs accurate? It depends on how you define “suburb.” But maybe we should focus more on characteristics than location.

DOT Offers Help in Applying for Federal Transportation Grants

The NJDOT is offering expert help in preparing applications for Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside grants.

Articles and Stories
New Jersey’s Urban Water Systems: A Challenge, and an Opportunity for Collaboration, Engagement, Innovation, Vision

How can New Jersey turn this urban water infrastructure crisis into an opportunity for long-term prosperity. August 2014.

Experts Agree on Action Agenda To Address State’s Water Infrastructure Problems

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

Strong Towns Presentation

Strong Towns’ Chuck Marohn will visit Hackensack April 13, 2016, to deliver a presentation on ways to invest for community resiliency and prosperity.

New Report Highlights New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure Crisis

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

Creating Places To Age: Housing Affordability and Aging-Friendly Communities

In this report, New Jersey Future analyzed housing affordability in each New Jersey municipality, to see where households headed by someone 65 or older have high housing costs. The places where housing cost burden is greatest fall into two groups: towns that are expensive for everyone, and towns that are dominated by larger, single-family housing stock. December 2015.

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