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Vol. LXII, No. 24
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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A forum for Princeton residents to express opinions about local and national issues

Question of the Week:

“What are the most pressing issues for development in Princeton?” (Asked at a public meeting hosted by Princeton Future at the Princeton Public Library on Saturday June 7.)


“The need for the development of economic opportunities for families, affordable housing, and access to transportation, that connects the town and region. We must be pro-active, not reactive, responding to developers’ plans, as it pertains to our future. This process — Princeton Future — is a very important element in achieving these goals, as is the Witherspoon-Jackson community project.”

Hendricks Davis, John Street

“Housing and housing — for seniors and/or affordable! This means high-density housing, making use of sites that are coming up like Merwick and the hospital, and one would hope the Princeton Shopping Center site. My hope is for the trans-Carnegie site, the so-called mirror campus. Good planning should serve our housing and transportation needs.”

Bill Moran, Wiggins Street

“I think that the most important issue is transportation, and the most popular item is the moving of the Dinky station. Proposed light rail and trolley systems are a return to the past, but we may be forced to these solutions because of the energy crisis. One question: Is planning all geometry, or are there other, equally important, aspects, most prominently competing interests and governmental issues — the need for revenues for the provision of services?”

Louis Slee, Spruce Street


“I think that affordable housing is among the most important issues. The new rules have been promulgated, and, personally, I am very upset that the university has gotten out of its obligations. And I am very sorry that a number of the towns in our area are saying, “Let’s just go with the ‘bare bones’ and let them sue us.” There are too many people in the Princetons that cannot afford decent housing, and there needs to be affordable housing rental as well as ownership. We just can’t ignore our lower income population.”

Mary Ellen Marino, Hornor Lane

“I think that the most important development issue for Princeton is that the community needs a plan along the same lines that the University has for its growth.”

Kevin Wilkes, Councilman, Princeton Borough


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