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School district regionalization is an educational quality issue—and a cost-saving issue, and a land-use issue, and a segregation issue

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

New Jersey’s system for delivering public education is particularly fragmented—it averages 28 school districts per county, the most of any state, and averages just under 15,000 residents per district, well below the national average of 23,344. It has more school districts than it has municipalities. This fractionalized landscape contributes to and exacerbates several of the state’s most intractable problems in ways that are not immediately apparent.

New Jersey Future Releases Guide to Implementing Aging-Friendly Land Use Decisions

Friday, January 15th, 2021

New Jersey Future, with funding from The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, developed Creating Great Places to Age in New Jersey: A Community Guide to Implementing Aging-Friendly Land Use Decisions to provide local communities with a step-by-step process to design their towns for the needs of older adults.

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.

New Jersey’s Supply of Developable Land Is Shrinking – As a Result of Both Development and Preservation

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Recently-released 2015 land use/land cover data from the Department of Environmental Protection offer an opportunity to assess the state of land development in New Jersey.

Many Roads in New Jersey are “Dangerous by Design” for Pedestrians

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

There have been 1,514 pedestrian fatalities in New Jersey between 2000 and 2009. The majority of these deaths occurred on suburban arterial roads where wide lanes and high speeds, along with little or no provision for pedestrians and bikers, create an inherent danger for anyone looking to get around without a car.

Sweeney: Glassboro to Camden line “will be included” in the Transportation Trust Fund

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Gloucester County Freeholder Stephen Sweeney insisted that funding for the proposed Camden to Glassboro light rail line (GCL) will be included “in any Transportation Trust Fund that is developed by the Christie administration.”

NJ’s Gold Coast Ranks First in “Smart Transportation”

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Fresh on the heels of Streetsfilms’ video lauding Jersey City as a leader in transit-oriented development, New Jersey’s second city is again making headlines as a leader in smart growth.

DEP Decision Sets Positive Precedent for Compact Growth

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Plan calls for channeling future growth into walkable, mixed-use centers, through either redevelopment of existing cities and towns or creation of new communities, surrounded by protected open lands.

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: purzuit.com
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 […]

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