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Vol. LXV, No. 46
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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FROM HOSPITAL TO HOUSING: The architect’s rendering by Perkins Eastman for Avalon Princeton, the all-rental development planned for the property that the University Medical Center will vacate in May, features a combined four- and five-story facade and interior courtyards. The current hospital building will be demolished to make way for the complex.

Front Page

Township Backs Arts and Entertainment Zone

Ellen Gilbert

At its Monday evening meeting, Township Committee unanimously passed an ordinance supporting the creation, led by Princeton University, of an Arts, Education, and Transit (AET) zone within the Township. Committeewoman Liz Lempert, whose husband is employed by the University, recused herself from the vote.

Planning Board Approves Rezoning Of Arts Neighborhood

Anne Levin

Following a review of the issue of new zoning for the $300 million arts neighborhood proposed by Princeton University, the Princeton Regional Planning Board adopted ordinances to rezone the area at its meeting on Thursday, November 10. Two separate ordinances were needed because the area in question is located in both the Borough and Township.

Avalon Bay Presents Plans for Rental Units That Will Occupy Current UMCP Property

Anne Levin

AvalonBay Communities, the developer under contract to purchase the property that University Medical Center at Princeton will vacate next spring, wants to build 324 rental units instead of 280, the number approved under current zoning. This increased density would impact market-rate units, while keeping the number of affordable units the same.

Other News

IAS Says that Preservation and History Are Key Components in Its Housing Plans

Ellen Gilbert

“We’re not a nine-to-five place at all,” said Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Director Peter Goddard in a recent interview. Emphasizing the importance of being able to offer housing to scholars from around the world, Mr. Goddard said that the Institute’s “residential aspect” was second only to its strong endowment in ensuring its status as one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry.

Municipalities’ Work to Consolidate Begins; Future Roles for Some Players not Clear

Ellen Gilbert

Not wasting a minute since both municipalities endorsed consolidation in last week’s election, the Consolidation/Shared Services Study Commission has scheduled a meeting on Monday, November 21, to review and plan consolidation. The announcement of the meeting noted that “action may be taken.” Consolidation is officially scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2013.


Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Debut of Henderson Era Proves Disappointing As Princeton Men’s Hoops Loses to Wagner

Bill Alden

It was a moment that former Princeton University men’s basketball star Mitch Henderson had been looking forward to for a while.

Rasheed Makes Happy Return From Knee Injury; Leading PU Women’s Hoops to Victory in Opener

Bill Alden

There is a large scar on her right knee but there was an even bigger grin on Niveen Rasheed’s face last Friday night.

Princeton Field Hockey Fights to Final Whistle; Falling to UConn in NCAAs to End Special Run

Bill Alden

There was no time left in regulation and the Princeton University field hockey team had no chance of winning as they trailed No. 4 Connecticut 3-1 last Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Sparked by Bechler’s Endurance, Throwing Skill, PHS Boys’ Soccer Wins Sectional, MCT Crowns

Bill Alden

On a Princeton High boys’ soccer team that features a number of players with dazzling ball skills, Scott Bechler brings something different to the table.

PHS Football Shows Toughness to the End; Battling Hard in Consolation Loss to Ocean

Bill Alden


When the Princeton High football team fell behind Ocean Township 14-0 last Saturday in an NJSIAA consolation contest, it would have been easy for PHS to go quietly into the off season.

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Art Review

A Matter of Life and Death: How We Talk When We Talk About Art

Stuart Mitchner

Readers of Raymond Carver may recognize the variation on the title story from one of his most famous collections, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Roberta Smith used a version of the same title for a discussion of “the fashionably obtuse language of the art world” four years ago (New York Times December 23, 2007).

Book Review

Greil Marcus on The Doors — Every Performance Tells a Story

Stuart Mitchner

Who isn’t fascinated with chaos?

— Jim Morrison (1943-1971)

Jim Morrison was speaking to Jerry Hopkins in a 1969 Rolling Stone interview. He had been saying that when you give people in the audience what they want, “they’ll let you do anything,” but “if you hold a mirror up and show them what they’re really like … and show them that they’re alone instead of all together, they’re revolted and confused.” Morrison then expands on what he means by chaos: “More than that, though, I’m interested in activity that has no meaning … free activity. Activity that has nothing in it but just what it is.”


Czech Politics, Romantic Passions — Public and Private Interweave In Tom Stoppard’s Tour De Force Tribute to Rock and Revolution

Donald Gilpin

From the Prague Spring of 1968 to the Velvet Revolution of 1989; from Cambridge University discussions of political philosophy to the most practical politics in the streets of Prague; from the most public history of events that ultimately led to fall of the Communist government and the ascendancy of Vaclav Havel to the most personal, domestic scenes of love and loss over two generations — Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll (2006), currently at Theatre Intime on the Princeton University campus, is jam-packed with plot, intellectual ideas, political dialogue, and rock music.

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