Five-star luxury hotel, conference center eyes former Hoffmann-La Roche site

Throughout the region, millennials and the employers seeking to attract them want office environments with an urban feel, even if that means creating a mini-downtownwithin a suburban office park by adding walkways, restaurants and housing. In their evolution from the 1980s, the office buildings that “can create that exciting type of environment in the suburbs will be the winners,” noted Rutgers Professor James […]

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Editorial: No, we’re not losing all the good people

The project was conducted by Rutgers University graduate students under the supervision of Cliff Zukin, a professor of public policy and political science at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy and Eagleton Institute of Politics. “There is no crisis here, it’s not that people are fleeing the state. There’s always a […]

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Study finds population shift to suburbs: Is it a trend?

Remember when suburbia was a four-letter word? City life is where it was at — access to transit, outdoor cafes, vibrant street life. Especially over the last decade, the trend was urbanization, led by millennials, in places like Jersey City and Hoboken, which saw steady increases in population. But a new report from the Rutgers Bloustein […]

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With Jobless Rate Low, Why Aren’t Wages Up?

The U.S. labor market works generally on the law of supply and demand. When the unemployment rate is low, and businesses are hiring, employers generally hike wages to attract the workers needed to fill their open jobs. Even with the jobless rate at 3.9 percent in July, and more than 6.6 million job openings, wages […]

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NJ suburbs bounce back as older millennials go for house and garden

A new report suggests suburban living in the metropolitan region may not be passé after all, although New Jersey’s urban counties are continuing to grow even faster than the suburbs. The new Rutgers Regional Report released yesterday indicates a possible resurgence of interest in suburban living in the New York-New Jersey metro area, as population […]

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People are moving out of New Jersey – But is that a good thing?

Several studies have shown that many New Jersey residents are moving out of the state at a high rate. New Jerseyans say that the high cost of living in the state is forcing them to move to Pennsylvania and elsewhere. But as a state with an already high population, and not much open land left, […]

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Why are some New Jersey malls struggling to stay open?

Twenty-eight so-called enclosed malls dot New Jersey, and except for high-end enclaves like The Mall at Short Hills, many struggle to stay profitable. “That’s the other dimension of retooling malldom in New Jersey, shifting activities to experience, health, wellness and a whole range of other functions that weren’t even anticipated 20 years ago,” said James […]

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