Gas station at East Nassau St with ‘soulful humanitarian’ Bruce Springsteen bust. (click to expand)
On Saturday, May 7, the Walkable Princeton team will be leading the first-ever Princeton ‘Jane Jacobs Walk! The even commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary urban advocate. It’s not so much a tour as a ‘walking conversation’, where we aim to celebrate and talk about the thing we like in Princeton and the things we’d like to improve upon. Jane Jacobs wrote books from the 1960s until her death in 2006. Her insights, drawn from years spent observing cities, are still considered essential today. Our walk will start at 9 a.m. outside the East Nassau branch of Small World coffee at 254 Nassau Street. All are welcome Look for the tour leader with the rainbow umbrella! . Click here for a full map of the route and more details!
Three new streetlights were recently installed on Edgerstoune Rd. But some residents are calling for a sidewalk. (click to expand)
How best to make Edgerstoune Road a safe street? That question has been concerning neighbors, who have held several meetings with Princeton municipal staff, and engaged in a vigorous online debate that has now involved Mayor Liz Lempert as well. After some discussion, the town has installed three new streetlights (see photo above). Some neighbors are calling for a sidewalk as well, but this is fiercely opposed by other residents who say ‘neighborhood character’ trumps any potential safety benefit.
Boston’s North End: much-appreciated by Jane Jacobs. Photo credit
May 7 will mark the first Princeton ‘Jane Jacobs Walk’. Starting at Small World East (244 Nassau Street), we will be exploring Princeton’s East Nassau neighborhood. The tradition of the Jane Jacobs Walk began in Toronto, Canada, where Jane moved in 1968 after being arrested for leading opposition to a freeway that was planned through her local park. Jane Jacobs Walks now happen in several countries, commemorating Jane as a community organizer and advocate for livable places. But who was Jane Jacobs? And what would she have made of Princeton? Continue reading
Sidewalks closed off with yellow tape on Nassau Street in Princeton. (click to expand)
Pedestrians on Nassau Street got a surprise this week. The sidewalks on both sides of the road were dug up, blocking access to walkers. The affected area was in and around the intersection with Scott Lane / Wilton Street. Pedestrians could still pass by walking in the road, although Nassau Street carries one of the heaviest volumes of traffic in Princeton. Continue reading
Affordable housing at Princeton Community Village, off Bunn Drive. (click to expand)
The question of affordable housing continues to rattle around local Council Halls, after last year’s decision to give courts the power to set municipal affordable housing obligations. Some estimates suggested that NJ towns would have to allow a lot more affordable housing under this process. In response, a number of New Jersey municipalities formed a consortium to hire experts to advise them on how much affordable housing they should be building. Princeton was part of this group, and tonight, Council will vote on whether to extend funding to the project. Continue reading
Princeton’s East Nassau Street neighborhood – where the first Princeton ‘Jane Jacobs Walk’ will take place! (click to expand)
On May 7 this year, mark your calendar for the first Princeton ‘Jane Jacobs Walk’! We are teaming up with the national ‘Jane Jacobs Walk’ organization to encourage local residents to come together to talk about what we love about Princeton, and what we want to see more of. We’ll be walking and talking around Princeton’s eclectic East Nassau Street neighborhood, checking out walkable developments from the last century to the present day. The walk is named after the legendary grassroots planning advocate, Jane Jacobs, whose 100th birthday would have been this year. Jane Jacobs was against top-down planning, and argued that the best way to learn what works in any place was by observing. We’ll be doing the same, in a “moving conversation” that will be organically based around the sites that we pass on our walk! Continue reading
Part of the historic Princeton Cemetery. (click to expand)
March 18 was Grover Cleveland’s birthday. One of the most successful politicians of the post-Civil War era, Grover Cleveland made Princeton his home, and is buried here, in the famous Princeton Cemetery. This cemetery was recognized over a century ago as one of the foremost historic sites of the local area, and is also the resting place of figures such as Aaron Burr, Paul Tulane, von Neumann, and John Witherspoon. Despite this history, a proposal to designate the local area as a historic district looks set to go ahead without including the Princeton Cemetery. But one Council member – Jo Butler – is looking to change that. Continue reading