Seven Tips For A Successful Princeton Car-Free Day on Monday, September 22!

Go car-free.

Go car-free on Monday, September 22, 2014! (click to expand)

World Car-Free Day is happening this coming Monday, September 22. Many of us are very dependent on our cars to get to work and do our daily business. But it is possible to make this the one day when we leave the car at home. It will probably require a little bit of thinking and planning, so here are some things to consider this weekend… Continue reading

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Why No New Jersey Towns On ‘Top 100 Best Places To Live’ List?

White Plains

White Plains, NY, the nearest town to Princeton to rank in the livability.com ‘Top 100 Best Places To Live 2015′.

Livability, a website that “explores what makes small-to-medium sized cities great places to live” has published its annual ‘Top 100 Best Places To Live” list. The list examined places with populations of 20,000 – 350,000 residents. The top two places to live turned out to both be in Wisconsin: Madison and Rochester. After that, Arlington VA; Boulder, CO and Palo Alto, CA rounded out the top 5. Cambridge was there too, at #40. Noticeably absent from the ‘Top 100′ list was any town from New Jersey. What is going on? Continue reading

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Howard Hughes Launches Website About Redevelopment of American Cyanamid Site Near Princeton

Screenshot of Howard Hughes website about redevelopment of their American Cyanamid site property. (click to expand, via .com)

Screenshot of Howard Hughes website about redevelopment of their American Cyanamid site property. (click to expand, via hhcwestwindsor.com)

The Howard Hughes Corporation have launched a new website to inform local residents about their ongoing plans to redevelop the American Cyanamid site in West Windsor. Last year, Howard Hughes Corp made a presentation to the West Windsor Council, in which they argued that the existing zoning for the site, which is for light industrial and commercial uses, is not suitable for current needs. They are seeking to modify the zoning to allow construction of a mixed-use development including stores and new homes. Continue reading

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Princeton’s In-Town Living Scene Gets Profiled In ‘The New York Post’

View of Princeton Public LIbrary and Hinds Plaza from the 'Residences At Palmer Square', one of several downtown living developments highlighted by 'The New York Post' in a recent article about Princeton. (click to expand)

View of Princeton Public LIbrary and Hinds Plaza from the ‘Residences At Palmer Square’, one of several downtown living developments highlighted by ‘The New York Post’ in a recent article about Princeton. (click to expand)

From College Town To Boom Town” – that’s the description of Princeton that ran earlier this week in the ‘New York Post’. This venerable news organ  took the time to profile our town, highlighting how downtown living has become a major growth area. Several local realtors were quoted, describing how walkable living has become a major growth area.

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Princeton Forrestal Village Set To Welcome New Homes

Village Boulevard at Princeton Forrestal Village. (click to expand.)

Village Boulevard at Princeton Forrestal Village. (click to expand.)

People looking for a place to live in the Princeton area that is walkable to stores and restaurants will soon have a pretty great new option. The management company of Princeton Forrestal Village, located in Plainsboro just off Route 1, have announced that 394 new apartments will be added to the site. Continue reading

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Tiny Houses In Real Life.

Minim House, via Boneyard Studios (click to expand).

Minim House, via Boneyard Studios (click to expand).

Princeton resident Anne Neumann wrote an article in the “Princeton Packet” last week singing the praises of ‘Tiny Houses’. Long-time ‘Walkable Prineton’ readers will remember that we have written about micro-apartments and the Tiny House movement several times in the past, and it’s great to see the concept get more exposure. But are Tiny Houses a realistic solution to urban housing problems, like those faced in Princeton? Continue reading

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Why Do Some Students Reject Offers From Princeton University?

Despite its outstanding reputation, students are regularly turning down offers to study at Princeton U. in order to go to other schools. (click to expand.)

Despite its outstanding reputation, students are regularly turning down offers to study at Princeton U. in order to go to other schools. (click to expand.)

Princeton University has a #1 university rating from US News, a beautiful walkable campus, and offers amazing financial support to its students. But given the choice, students are choosing to attend Harvard, Yale, Stanford or even the University of Chicago instead. Why are students turning down Princeton U?

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