Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren recently announced that the Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in New Brunswick has completed its “Orange Complete Streets” study of the city and its environs. Warren said the study, conducted by graduate students attending the university, was presented at City Hall on North Day Street on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the regularly scheduled Orange Planning Board meeting.
The old version was constantly blocked by delivery trucks, drivers dropping off passengers, or desperate coffee drinkers in Starbucks land. It was “death-defying,” in the words of John Pucher, a cycling researcher at Rutgers, who rode down Second Avenue about a year and half ago. “I almost got killed five or six times,” Pucher declared in a subsequent speech to Seattle cycling advocates.
Last year was the first year since 1997 that the private sector added more than 3 million jobs, said James Hughes, a Rutgers University economist. “If we maintain that pace, you get the wage increases that come when labor markets tighten,” Hughes said.
Michael Lahr, a Rutgers University professor who has studied the economic impact, said the big concern is Lakehurst, since many of its jobs are technical and highly paid. But losing any part of the joint base’s operation would fall into a troubling pattern. New Jersey gets back about 75 cents for every $1 in taxes it sends to Washington.