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Is your state a Talent Migration Loser?

January 25, 2012 by Jim Russell

If people vote with their feet, then Texas is a loser ... in the world of higher education. A journalist for the Washington Post crunched the numbers of the high school graduate college migration. The worst "brain drain" is in New Jersey. Texas is a distant second.There are a bunch of tasty data morsels in this blog post. There's a link...[read more]

Senate Approves Federal Funding for Commuter Rail Tunnel Between NY and NJ

Despite a previously canceled rail tunnel project, New Jersey commuters might receive an alternative mass transit route, after all. Photo by Tambako the Jaguar. Yesterday, the U.S. Senate approved a funding measure that includes a minimum of $15 million for Amtrak to begin design and engineering measures on a proposed railroad tunnel...[read more]

The Great NYC Heating Oil Changeover (Is Not Why You’re Sweating)

July 23, 2011 by Stephen Del Percio

As you might have noticed if you have been in or near the outdoors over the last few days, it is very hot. The negative consequences of this are all around us: sweltering, ill-willed subway stops, undershirts as overshirts, flip-flops rampant. Because you have probably been busy splitting your time between sweating, panting in front of...[read more]


Rethinking Redevelopment Law to Make Sure that Cities Actually Redevelop

July 6, 2011 by Brian Biglin

It is time to redevelop the law on urban redevelopment. The current scheme allowing the same bulldozing that occurred during the era of slum clearance undercuts the revitalization of cities in any fashion, let alone a sustainable and organic one.[read more]

New Jersey Scraps Rail Investment, Builds a Mall Instead

June 2, 2011 by This Big City

The mornings are getting hotter here on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and with the rising mercury subway and rail riders get shortened tempers. The frustration isn’t without cause though, with the recession affecting people’s wallets as well as government receipts. Subways and buses are facing fare increases paired with...[read more]

Giving up on environmental protections

March 13, 2011 by Rich Maltzman

When the going gets tough, the first target that gets shot at seems to be the environment.  Aren’t we really cutting it close, shaving away sustainability.    The new governor of Maine, my governor, Paul LePage, is a “Lightning Rod for Critics” as headlined recently by Jenna Russell in Boston Globe.   And...[read more]

Transfer of Development Rights

February 23, 2011 by Urban Direction

In states such as New Jersey, advocates of smart growth have established an interesting method of providing tools for communities to manage sprawl and growth. New Jersey's State Transfer of Development Rights Act allows municipalities to individually or jointly, create what are called "Sending" and "Receiving" zones.If a municipality (...[read more]

On Chris Christie's priorities

February 4, 2011 by Jason Tinkey

This post originally appeared at The Planner's Dream Gone Wrong. I would like to send a message to the nation's governors. Please stop with the whole "let's lure businesses from Illinois" trip. I just can't keep up. Latest on the bandwagon is Chris Christie, 55th Earl of New Jersey. On one hand, I don't mind this one as much. Jersey...[read more]

U.S. States Failing at Reducing Transportation Emissions

December 20, 2010 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

States should start thinking about leveraging federal transit dollars for infrastructure and policies that reduce GHG emissions. Photo by caribb. The Natural Resources Defense Council and Smart Growth America released a report, “Getting Back on Track: Aligning State Transportation Policy with Climate Change Goals,” analyzing state-level...[read more]

Transport Emissions in the fifty states

December 15, 2010 by Kaid Benfield

California, Maryland and New Jersey have the country’s best approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, according to a comprehensive report released yesterday by some of my colleagues at NRDC. But most of the country has a lot of catching up to do.[read more]

Tunnel Vision: Jersey Governor Christie Reconsidering Hudson Rail Tunnel Shutdown?

October 25, 2010 by Stephen Del Percio

Except when we don’t adhere to this policy, it’s generally our policy here at gbNYC to stick to writing about green building in New York City and its environs, with the periodic meandering commentary on green building trends and the like mixed in. It’s just easier that way — I have my own blog where I can write about my feelings and...[read more]

PSEG’s Ralph Izzo: Greening the garden state

June 20, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Before we discuss big issues like global warming, carbon pricing and renewable energy, I toss a couple of “lightning round” questions at Ralph Izzo, the chairman, president and CEO of  New Jersey-based PSEG, a $13.3-billion a year energy company with strong commitment to solar power and action to curb climate change. First, Yankees...[read more]