Thumbs Up To Sidewalk Detour On Witherspoon Street!

Sidewalk detour on Witherspoon Street. (click to expand.)

Sidewalk detour on Witherspoon Street. (click to expand.)

One of Princeton’s best restaurants, Elements, is moving into the old UPS space on Witherspoon Street opposite Princeton Public Library. The new restaurant complex will unite the existing small plates place, Mistral, with Elements under one roof, with a new bar that is probably going to be pretty fantastic. But as the fitting continues inside, we are admiring this sidewalk detour that has been set up around the construction zone.  Continue reading

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‘Cafe 44′ Closes At 44 Leigh Avenue, Will Re-open In Tortugas Space.

The old Cafe 44 location at 44 Leigh Ave in Princeton (click to expand).

The old Cafe 44 location at 44 Leigh Ave in Princeton (click to expand).

Cafe 44, which has become a local favorite in the Witherspoon-John neighborhood in Princeton, has closed its doors at the 44 Leigh Avenue location. The eatery will move across the road to share a space with ‘Tortugas Mexican Village‘ restaurant. Continue reading

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Princeton’s Proposed “7-11 Law” Might Be A Plus For Walkable Living

The Old West Coast Video Site at East Nassau Street in Princeton, which may become a 7-11. (click to expand.)

The Old West Coast Video Site at East Nassau Street in Princeton, which may become a 7-11. (click to expand.)

Faced with the possibility of a 24-hour 7-11 convenience store opening in the old West Coast Video Site at 259 Nassau Street, Princeton Council has rushed through a new municipal ordinance to ban 24-hour opening in town. The proposed ordinance, which includes a bunch of carve-outs for certain favored businesses, is likely to be approved at the Council meeting tonight. (Update 12/16/14 – the ordinance was indeed passed.) Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On Zoning Reform On Witherspoon Street

Witherspoon Street in Princeton in 2014. (click to expand.)

Witherspoon Street in Princeton in 2014. Nassau Hall of Princeton University can be seen in the distance. (click to expand.)

Princeton Council is considering amending the zoning along Witherspoon Street, one of Princeton’s major thoroughfares, which runs from Nassau Hall in the south to Valley Road in the north. Almost every form of activity in Princeton happens on Witherspoon Street, and right now, it has almost every form of zoning as well. It might make sense to harmonize the zoning, now that the Borough/Township line no longer cuts Witherspoon Street in two. But what would be the purpose of change? With so much history around it, there is a case for keeping things the way they are. But reform could also protect and enhance several features of Witherspoon Street.  Continue reading

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True Sustainability On Linden Lane In Princeton

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Construction at 89 Linden Lane in Princeton. (click to expand)

Earlier this week, local architect Kirsten Thoft was awarded LEED-Platinum designation for her new home on Linden Lane. Linden Lane looks set to become the LEED capital of Princeton, because just up the street, another home is set to achieve LEED-Platinum status. At a ‘Behind the Drywall’ tour this weekend, we saw how one local resident has planned a truly sustainable home.

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New NRG Headquarters In West Windsor: Would It Be Truly ‘Ultra-Green’ If It Was In Trenton?

West Windsor specializes in single-use land planning and office parks like this, which contribute to car dependence and global warming. The new NRG headquarters looks to be more of the same. (click to expand.)

A typical West Windsor office park. (click to expand.) For a rendering of the proposed NRG HQ, see here.

This week, NRG Energy, Inc announced plans to build a new headquarters in Princeton. Actually, it’s at the Carnegie Center in West Windsor. But the bigger question is whether the new headquarters will live up to its billing as an ‘ultra-green’ development. The development is described as ‘carbon-neutral’, but this label ignores the impact of transportation. Is a building really ‘carbon-neutral’ if hundreds of people drive cars to it every day?

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A Walk Around Princeton’s “Copperwood” Apartments

Copperwood Apartments in Princeton. (Click to expand)

Copperwood Apartments in Princeton. (Click to expand)

‘Copperwood’, a significant apartment development on Bunn Drive in Princeton, opened at the end of the summer. As of now, most of the 153 units are still unoccupied, giving a good chance to take a walk around and see the new buildings.

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