NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers University will be honoring erstwhile governor of New Jersey, James Florio, who is also a member of the Rutgers faculty, on October 14 in downtown New Brunswick.

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy is naming a scholarship and one of its rooms after Florio at the special event.

The festivities kick off at 4 pm in the Civic Square Building at 33 Livingston Avenue.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Livingston Avenue is known for its many large and fancy mansions, many of which have been turned into professional offices, and for being a dangerous road for pedestrians.

For the most part, the avenue has four lanes of auto traffic, and two more lanes for parked cars.  Sidewalks on either side are wide, but crossing the street can be difficult because it's 60 feet from curb to curb.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–September 18 marked the return of "parklets" to New Brunswick, courtesy of PARK(ing) Day, a nationwide event celebrating green spaces in urban areas.

The concept, thought up by anti-automobile thinkers in San Francisco, is to turn metered parking spaces into parklets, also known as "PARK(ing) spaces," for a few hours.

This year, from 10 AM to 5 PM, three spaces in different locations, were turned into parklets.  Each pop-up parklet had a different theme.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An environmental investigation into contaminated groundwater is reportedly underway on "Lot 8," the former site of the city's famous grease trucks.

Presently an active construction site, the property was once home of the Johnson family mansion, before it became a fraternity house that was bulldozed and turned into a parking lot in the 1960's.

In 2016, Rutgers will be opening a 15-story privatized dormitory in conjunction with New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO).

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—While highway and transit funding in New Jersey has been granted a temporary reprieve, the clock is still ticking as the funds responsible for powering infrastructure construction dry up.

Both the federal and state "transportation trust funds" were designed to rely on gas taxes, but in recent years, increasing construction costs have combined with a flat tax on gas to cause a fiscal imbalance.

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