Princeton’s ‘Poe Road Preservation Associaton’ Has Got It Wrong On Sidewalks

Poe Road in Princeton between Random Road and Route 27, where sidewalks are due to be added. (click to expand)

Poe Road in Princeton between Random Road and Route 27, where sidewalks are due to be added. (click to expand)

This weeks ‘Town Topics’ features a letter from a local resident claiming to represent the ‘Poe Road Preservation Associaton’, a group of neighbors who have organized to oppose a municipal engineering project that will complete a key section of Princeton’s sidewalk network. The letter makes several arguments against building the new sidewalks, but understates the importance of building them. Continue reading

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Princeton Assembly Member Proposes Regional School Boards

Littlebrook Elementary School in Princeton. (click to expand)

Littlebrook Elementary School in Princeton. (click to expand)

Donna Simon (R) who represents Princeton in the New Jersey Assembly, is proposing new legislation to set up a task force to study the possibility of regional school boards (via NJ.com). Her goal is to promote efficiency and save taxpayer dollars. Continue reading

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In Princeton’s Tree Streets Neighborhood- Is This Graffiti Or A Political Statement?

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“#WeAreN” – Linden Lane, Princeton, 2014. (click to expand)

One of the things that makes downtown Princeton so walkable is the mixture of houses old and new, gardens, parks and many different things to draw the eye of the walker. Walking is enjoyable, because there are many things to draw your interest. When walkability guru Jeff Bezos talks about the things that make walking appealing, he invariably talks about how walking must be ‘interesting’. (as well as ‘safe’, ‘comfortable’, and ‘useful’. A walk through Princeton’s Tree Streets neighborhood is invariably more interesting than a trek up Bunn Drive, because there is a constantly changing environment. One house in particular caught the eye on a recent stroll… Continue reading

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Howard Hughes Aims For Special Planning Process At West Windsor Cyanamid Site

The former American Cyanamid site, between Route 1 and Clarksville Road in West Windsor, NJ. (click to expand.)

The former American Cyanamid site, between Route 1 and Clarksville Road in West Windsor, NJ. From Howard Hughes Corporation presentation of 9.22.14 (click to expand.)

One of the most significant redevelopments in the Princeton area moved a step closer yesterday as the Howard Hughes Corporation announced plans to seek a special planning process for their land holdings at the former American Cyanamid site in West Windsor.  Continue reading

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I Saved A Gallon Of Gas On Princeton #Carfree Day. Here Are 5 Things I Learned…

Waiting for the bus on car-free day September 20, 2014. (click to expand.)

Waiting for the bus on car-free day September 20, 2014. (click to expand.)

Carf-ree Day 2014 has come and passed. Did you replace your car trip? I did, and by switching to a combination of bicycle/Dinky/NJ Transit train/bus/walking, I managed to save a full gallon of gas. Lifting a gallon of milk from the refrigerator for comparison, I was simultaneously proud of my achievement, and horrified that I really burn this much fossil fuel on my regular commute every single day. What makes me particularly glum is that, like many New Jerseyans, driving a car seems like the only practical way for me to get to work. Here are 5 things I learned on #carfree day: Continue reading

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Hightstown Eyes Form-Based Zoning Code To Revitalize Downtown

Historic Hightstown, NJ. (click to expand)

Historic Hightstown, NJ. (click to expand)

Hightstown, NJ has taken the first step toward a Masterplan amendment that aims to revitalize its historic downtown. The forward-thinking planning changes aim to preserve the character of the Borough while activating central commercial areas. Continue reading

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Princeton Valley Road Garage Demolished In A Single Day

The scene at the old Valley Road garage in Princeton this morning. (click to expand)

The scene at the old Valley Road garage in Princeton this morning. (click to expand)

The municipal garage at Valley Road and Route 206, which had stood since 1963, has been demolished. The structure, which was used for the storage and refueling of vehicles belonging to the town, disappeared in a single day, as part of ongoing efforts to construct a new base for Princeton First Aid and Rescue Service (PFARS). Continue reading

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