How do Complete Streets Policy-Holding Municipalities Differ From Other Municipalities?

It is no secret that communities across New Jersey are all unique in their own way. Some of them are much more walkable and bikeable while others rely heavily on the automobile. Each municipality faces their own challenges in order to accommodate all of its residents’ and visitors’ needs. Thus it comes as no surprise … Continue reading How do Complete Streets Policy-Holding Municipalities Differ From Other Municipalities?

Aging in Urban Centers

As baby boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 – continue to age, their influence on the development of the urban landscape will remain significant, due to both the size of the age cohort and the unique needs of an aging population. New Jersey, currently ranked 11th in the nation in overall adult population … Continue reading Aging in Urban Centers

Constructing Parks for Diversifying Communities

Throughout the history of the United States, the appropriate use of park space has been disputed. In the early 1900s, parks were designed for two primary reasons: to create natural spaces within polluted cities and to minimize social unrest. Diverse class populations used these spaces differently creating disputes over what constituted “appropriate park use and … Continue reading Constructing Parks for Diversifying Communities

Senior Walkability in NJ: Making Improvements One Step at a Time

Communities across the nation are recognizing the pressing need to provide safe walking opportunities for senior citizens. Compared to their predecessors, senior citizens today are living longer, more active lives; and, according to the US Census Bureau, the number of Americans over the age of 65 is expected to grow 39 percent by the year 2020, with the greatest increase expected in the 85 and older age cohort. One way for seniors to live healthier lives is to incorporate exercise into their regular routine, with walking frequently recommended as the best means to achieve that goal. Walking can also be a viable transportation mode that can enable seniors to remain independent, even if they opt to reduce the time they spend driving or eliminate it altogether, by choice or otherwise. Nevertheless, some 35 senior pedestrians on average are killed in vehicular crashes in New Jersey each year. In 2011 a total of 143 pedestrian crashes occurred that involved seniors aged 65 and over, 31 of them fatal.

The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design: What’s New and How Will the Changes Impact the Pedestrian Environment?

In 1991 the Department of Justice adopted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. These standards required newly constructed and renovated places of public accommodation and commercial use to be designed in ways that prohibited discrimination on the basis of disability. These principles also required consistency with design guidelines published by the … Continue reading The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design: What’s New and How Will the Changes Impact the Pedestrian Environment?