The death of N.J.’s suburbs might be a total myth. Even the experts are surprised

Hunterdon, Monmouth and Hudson saw their year-over-year population losses slow or halt between 2016 and 2017, while more urbanized counties like Hudson and Union experienced significant slowdowns in their recent breakneck growth. “It could be a blip in the data, but we were quite surprised,” said James Hughes, dean emeritus of Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School […]

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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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Bloustein Faculty Profile: Mike Smart, assistant professor of transportation planning

by Paul Hislip, Communications intern (Class of 2018) I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Bloustein School assistant professor Michael Smart, whose primary research has explored the ways in which social networks embedded in particular neighborhoods of affinity—such as immigrant neighborhoods and gay and lesbian neighborhoods—influence the activity patterns of those who live in those […]

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NJ cities being revitalized by population shift

In fact, Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon counties have all seen population decreases since the Great Recession, according to James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Policy at Rutgers University. Hughes said the the trend of more millennials moving away from the suburbs and into the cities could help revitalize many […]

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