New Jersey

Red brick historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, Liberty State Park, New Jersey with glass high-rise building in background.

How Transit Villages Are Reshaping New Jersey’s Urban Landscape

Will the Garden State become Manhattan 2.0 in the next 50 years? Probably not. Will it look different from today? Probably yes.

August 16, 2023 - Marcelo Remond

COVID-19 Test

CDC Director Expresses a Feeling of 'Impending Doom'

Dr. Rochelle Walensky sounded the alarm during the White House COVID-19 Response Team's press briefing on Monday, warning Americans that the pandemic trajectory in the United States is the same as in Europe. The latter is experiencing a third wave.

March 30, 2021 - CIDRAP News

Route 495 New Jersey

When Traffic Solutions Cause Travel Delays

The poles on Route 495 separate out a bus lane, but riders often find themselves traveling slower than vehicles in the car lanes.

March 25, 2019 -

AirTrain Newark Airport

New Jersey Governor Says Airport Monorail Needs Replacement

Governor Phil Murphy says $2.1 billion is needed to replace the AirTrain monorail.

January 27, 2019 - Crain's New York Business


Affordable Housing Cap-and-Trade Idea Resurfaces

In New Jersey, a cap-and-trade system existed for two decades and appeared to just perpetuate housing and social inequities. But now legislators and researchers are considering it again.

January 4, 2019 - CityLab

Los Angeles

CDBG Funds Not Useful Focus for Zoning Reform

Linking zoning reform mandates to CDBG funding is not an effective way to change exclusionary zoning.

November 8, 2018 - Brookings

New Jersey Transit

Audit of New Jersey Transit Highlights Problems to Address

The agency is facing a multitude of funding, management, and organizational challenges.

October 12, 2018 - The New York Times


Flooded With Navigation App Users, a Town Closes Its Streets

Navigation apps like Waze often reroute drivers onto residential streets that would be quiet otherwise. With some residents unable to leave their driveways, the New Jersey borough of Leonia has taken an extreme measure against the problem.

January 5, 2018 - The New York Times

Penn Station Interior

Cuomo Has a Unique Opportunity with Penn Station

The disastrous state of the country's most busy transit station presents an opportunity to make big improvements.

May 4, 2017 - The New York Times

LaGuardia Airport

$32 Billion for Port Authority Capital Plan

A plan that includes improvements for LaGuardia, new rail transit and more automotive infrastructure to be completed over the next ten years.

March 7, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper

Hudson River

Gov. Cuomo's Ethics Reform Proposal Has Many Critics

Governor Andrew Cuomo, continuing a spree of infrastructure related initiatives, has proposed legislation that would expand his oversight of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

January 30, 2017 - Politico New York

$1.2 Billion 'Energy Strong' Project Construction Making Life Difficult in New Jersey

A complex infrastructure investment project to build resilience into the energy grid is snarling traffic in North and Central New Jersey.

August 14, 2015 - The Record

Harnessing Social Resilience in the Rust Belt

Paterson, New Jersey's diverse immigrant population holds the potential to revive the city's declining economy. Writer Jeff Byles documents key resources the city has and how similar postindustrial cities have harnessed community-driven planning.

August 3, 2015 - Doggerel

The Passaic River: A Postindustrial River Reimagined

Writer Jeff Byles chronicles the Passaic River's relationship to Paterson, New Jersey and how its revival can prove beneficial for the city in this second installment of the Paterson series.

July 8, 2015 - Doggerel

Paterson: A Postindustrial Portrait

Once a major industrial hub, Paterson, NJ has experienced urban decline since the end of World War II. But the city is rich with history and opportunities for revival. The article chronicles how the city can avail these opportunities through design.

June 18, 2015 - Doggerel


American Dream for Sale: $1,000 for an Empty Lot in Newark

In a bid for revenue and rejuvenation, Newark is selling vacant lots for $1,000. Buyers promise to build a home and stay for at least five years.

March 14, 2015 - New York Times

At Least One Group Welcomes Sandy’s Healing Power

The construction industry is licking its chops as plans for Sandy’s recovery take shape. After years of idleness due to the housing bust, builders and contractors find themselves ready to roll up their sleeves, and in need of a new workforce.

November 4, 2012 - The New York Times

Complete Streets Gaining Speed

A new report details the growing adoption of Complete Streets policies in locales across the United States, despite the removal of a Complete Streets provision from the recent federal transportation bill.

August 27, 2012 - Better! Cities & Towns

The Dangers of Walking While Poor

Low income people are more likely to get hit by cars. Kate Hinds reports on the social and infrastructural factors responsible for the disparity.

May 16, 2012 - Transportation Nation

Is Jersey City a Suburb? Joel Kotkin Thinks So.

Joel Kotkin recently argued that America is becoming more suburban. Tim Evans says that it's easy to draw that conclusion "when you define 'suburb' so loosely that it includes just about everything."

March 3, 2011 - Garden State Smart Growth

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