Monthly Archives: February 2014

Homes For Diversity And Inclusivity Part 4: Allow Microapartments

Princeton planning and zoning has had unintended exclusionary outcomes, making it hard for local middle-class workers to live in town, and incentivizing car-dependency and traffic. In this series, we explore options for adding more walkable housing in Princeton to enable diversity … Continue reading

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Walkable Housing Helps Local Princeton Businesses

Princeton is lucky to have a number of really great local businesses. Despite the combined onslaught of the big box chain stores and internet shopping, these businesses have survived and play a great part in making our town an interesting … Continue reading

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Beautiful Walkable Princeton: Boulders Of The Woodfield Reservation

The Woodfield Reservation is one of the largest tracts of preserved land in Princeton, but the trails are very lightly walked. The park is at the very edge of Princeton, between Great Road and Drakes Corner Road. Visitors often look … Continue reading

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Princeton Taxpayers Face The Burden Of Caring For Our Aging ‘Burbs

Many of us know what it’s like to care for an elderly relative. It takes a lot of time, commitment, and often a lot of money too. Princeton’s taxpayers are now facing another concern: the burden of caring for aging … Continue reading

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NJ Planners Told: More Apartments and Condos Needed

The New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association heard a plea at their recent annual conference to stop fix the housing market by phasing out dysfunctional planning and zoning practices. Real estate expert Jeffrey Otteau told the conference that … Continue reading

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Most Of Princeton Is Pretty Much Fine With The AvalonBay Redevelopment

Princeton municipal officials are poised to spin through the doors of the Mercer Superior Court in Trenton once again as a new set of local residents petitions against the decision to build apartments on the old Princeton Hospital site. Tens … Continue reading

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More Details About 255 Nassau Street ‘Plan B’ Mixed-Use Development

Last week, we published a rendering of the proposed new mixed-use development at 255 Nassau Street, Princeton. A bank will occupy the first floor, with residential housing at the back of the first floor, and on the second and third … Continue reading

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Princeton Environmental Film Festival To Screen ‘Tiny Houses’ This Friday

‘Dream Big, Live Small’ is the motto of a 62-min movie to play at the [excellent] Princeton Environmental Film Festival this Friday, Feb 5 at 4 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library. The film, ‘Tiny: A Story About Living Small’ focuses … Continue reading

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Has The D&R Canal Commission Made A Case For Regional Planning In Central Jersey?

The D&R Canal Commission issued an extraordinary planning decision last month, over-ruling the recommendation of their own staff and rejecting a plan by Princeton’s Institute of Advanced Study to develop part of their land as faculty housing. The case raises interesting questions … Continue reading

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New Princeton Alexander Street Roundabout Is Open!

A roundabout! Does that word fill you with fear? Well, it’s time to get over it, because Princeton has a new roundabout, at the intersection of Alexander Street and University Place, near the old Dinky Station. This road is one … Continue reading

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