06 October 2015

Rutgers LA Alumni

Hey all you Rutgers alum! 

Please let Gail (mckenzie@SEBS.Rutgers.edu) know if you are planning to attend the ASLA Annual Meeting in Chicago.  We are eager to celebrate the awards received by Kate John-Alder and her students, as well as Steven Handel and his team at Restoration Ecology.  To see their awards, visit our website: http://landarch.rutgers.edu/aslaawards.html.  If enough of us are going to Chicago, we will want to plan a special Rutgers event. 

And, as always, Rutgers faculty, students, and alumni will join together at the alumni reception/tailgate event.  Thank you!

Loal Government Links

Some relevant documents for this week's classes...

Middlesex County Open Space and Recreation Plan 2003

Middlesex County Master Plan 1966

Perth Amboy Master Plan Recreation Element 2013

Woodbridge Township Redevelopment Plans

Edison Township Master Plan 2003

A report on Carteret

Carteret Parks Guide and the photo for their splash page

Metuchen Master Plan

Middlesex Greenway (or theTrailLink version)

East Coast Greenway in NJ (not local govt)

A Middlesex County problem with some open space (news)

03 October 2015

The most photogenic spot in New Jersey?

According to Lifehacker, Island Beach State Park is the most photographed site in NJ (on Instagram). For some other states the site is more iconic -- Kentucky had Churchill Downs and Louisiana had Bourbon Street. But other states probably lack clear landmark -- Rhode Island had the Roger Williams Park Zoo and Kansas had Kansas State University. It shows how remarkably different these states really are.

01 October 2015

Shore flooding

You heard lots about Hurricane Joaquin, but did you realize that the Jersey Shore had flooding today? Down in Ocean County, some streets were filling with water.  Down in Cape May the coastal areas had some high water too.

DC Parks RX

“We don’t prescribe a park to every patient, but when they are ready we will.”

Do you really need me to say more to get you to read about the DC Parks RX program where doctors write scripts sending patients to parks?

BTW, this story is written by LSU MLA student Liz Camuti who has developed an impressive record of writing over the short time of her internship at ASLA. Geaux Tigers.

30 September 2015

Hurricane Joaquin

With Hurricane Joaquin targeting the Chesapeake and Washington DC, I highly recommend keeping an eye on a blog that I have long enjoyed, the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang. They often have a nice mix of forecasts (raw material and general public info) and science that makes it worth the trip, even if they are a few hours away.

28 September 2015

Noam Chomsky

THIS FRIDAY! 8:00 PM Friday October 2. Voorhees Chapel, Douglass Campus. Prof. Noam Chomsky of MIT­ Philosopher, linguist, social justice activist­ will be delivering a lecture entitled American Exceptionalism: Some Current Case Studies.