The ‘New York Times’ Doubles Down On Walkable Suburban Places

Apartments next to the Princeton Public Library. (click to expand.)

Apartments next to the Princeton Public Library. (click to expand.)

The ‘New York Times’ has picked up on the growing demand for walkable paces with a pair of articles in less than a week. The first, ‘Suburbs Try to Prevent an Exodus as Young Adults Move to Cities and Stay‘, discusses the growing trend for young adults to move out of suburban towns like Princeton to big cities to study or seek work opportunities. In many cases, they don’t come back. Continue reading

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Princeton’s 2014 Democratic Party Candidates Discuss Walkable Living

Princeton Democratic Party Candidates for Council 2014- left to right- Jo Butler, Bernie Miller, Sue Nemeth. (Click to expand.)

Princeton Democratic Party Candidates for Council- left to right- Jo Butler, Bernie Miller, Sue Nemeth. (Click to expand.)

Princeton is scheduled to elect two Council members this November. The Princeton Community Democratic Organization will meet Sunday March 30 to endorse candidates ahead of their Primary in June. We got in touch with the Democratic Party candidates ahead of this key meeting, to get their opinions on three questions relating to walkable living in Princeton. The candidates are incumbent Council Member Jo Butler, the current Council President, Bernie Miller, and Sue Nemeth,who was previously Deputy Mayor of the old Princeton Township. Their answers are below, and we hope that they will help voters in making their decision about who to endorse! The candidates clearly took some time to give thoughtful answers, and we thank them for being so forthcoming. (Note: ‘Walkable Princeton’ will not be making an endorsement.)

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Forty-One Residents In Six Downtown Princeton Apartments? We’re Not Surprised.

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A sign at Princeton’s ‘House of Cupcakes’ on Witherspoon Street shows that the store is closed after a recent fire. (click to expand.)

A recent fire at Princeton’s famous ‘House of Cupcakes’ on Witherspoon Street resulted in the evacuation of six nearby downtown apartments. Fortunately, there were no injuries to residents, although many commentators were surprised that the six apartments were home to no fewer than 41 residents. But why the surprise? Continue reading

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Report: New Jersey Road Maintenance Costs Are The Highest In The Nation

Drakes Corner Road in Princeton: New Jersey roads are the most costly in the nation to maintain. (click to expand.)

Drakes Corner Road in Princeton: New Jersey roads are the most costly in the nation to maintain. (click to expand.)

Princeton is facing a bill of around $1 million for emergency road repairs after snow plows cut up roads this winter, leaving drivers facing a course of potholes. Meanwhile, a resurfacing project getting underway on Route 206 in Princeton is going to cost another $1.1 million. That means that $2.2 million of taxpayer money will be spent on two road maintenance projects alone. If that seems like a lot, remember this: New Jersey roads are the most expensive in the nation to maintain. Continue reading

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Somerville, NJ Now Has A Thriving Downtown Pedestrian Street. Could It Work In Princeton too?

Pedestrians explore Division Street in Somerville free from motorized vehicles. (Click to expand.)

Pedestrians explore Division Street in Somerville, free from motorized vehicles. The ‘Guinness Tent’ used for St Patrick’s Day is in the background. (Click to expand.)

Somerville, NJ just celebrated their 23rd Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade with a street festival that included a party at a ‘Guinness Tent’ on Division Street. What makes Division Street such a perfect venue for a community gathering like this?? It’s a pedestrian-only street, a rarity in New Jersey. And its success shows that it is possible to give an entire street over to people in a New Jersey town, bringing vibrant street life and strengthening local businesses.

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Giant Rats Occupy Square In Front Of Princeton Town Hall To Protest Apartment Plan

Union men inspect their giant rat outside the 400 Witherspoon municipal building in Princeton on Monday night, March 10, 2014. (click to expand.)

Union men inspect their giant rat outside Princeton Town Hall on Monday night, March 10, 2014. (click to expand.)

Two giant rats have joined the protests against the redevelopment of Princeton’s old hospital as apartments. The 15ft-tall inflatable rodents were unveiled by demonstrators from a labor union. “Don’t ask me, I just blow up the rat,” was the response from one of the protestors when asked what it was all about. Another union man pointed out that they were objecting to the use of non-union labor for stripping the old hospital of asbestos. The rats came out to coincide with a Princeton Council meeting, which was expected to decide the exact terms by which the demolition and redevelopment could occur. Continue reading

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Could a ‘Village’ of ‘Tiny Houses’ Open The Door To Greater Affordability in Princeton?

A tiny house, as advertised at Neighborland. (Click to expand.)

A ‘tiny house’, as advertised at Neighborland. (Click to expand.)

During the recent Princeton Environmental Film Festival, a documentary shed light on the ‘Tiny House’ movement, an ongoing trend for people to live in houses that are much smaller than usual. These homes, which are typically in the rage of 35o sq ft to 800 sq ft, are often constructed by the occupants themselves. The demand is so great that materials for the little houses can now be ordered as a kit, such as this model from ‘Tumbleweed Homes’. The cost of construction can be as little as $30,000, assuming you’re good with a hammer and nail. Continue reading

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