Those of you who frequent the online realm of U.S. 1 newspaper — found at www.princetoninfo.com — know by now that we are in the process of redesigning the site and adding some more bells and whistles.
While we have not rolled out the new site officially, lots of you have been using it and several of you have offered valuable feedback. And yes, we are aware that the site was opening very slowly during a period of a few days last week — we will make changes as needed.
And we are in the process of changing the display of stories in the archives. Now when you click on a story you get the first three or four paragraphs of the story and have to hit a “more” button to get the rest. Soon you will just get the whole story — as one of our readers suggested a few days ago.
We are also getting comments on our stories — the whole point of the comment feature. A recent column regarding our dependence on air conditioning by Richard K. Rein (June 11) drew the following response from Lynn Robbins:
“Add me to the list of folks who did not turn on the AC this past weekend. Last year, I vowed to keep the AC off until July. By the time July came, I found that I had adapted to the weather. All told, I used the AC once last summer in the middle of August.
“Amazing what we can do when we decide to.”
For the full text of that Rein column go the website, click to the archives, and follow the links to the June 11 issue, where you can add your own comment if you wish. And, for those of you who still don’t venture into the online realm, you can always send us a note and $4 in cash and we will mail the whole blessed June 11 issue to you. Either way it will still be air conditioning season by the time you read it.
To the Editor: Environment Counts at Transit Village
I am pleased to read that studies of a 350-acre redevelopment area around the train station are going forward, with consideration given to traffic circulation, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, parking, and mixed use development, as reported in area newspapers and in a June 20 West Windsor Township press release.
However, I am troubled by the paucity of reporting on environmental concerns.
West Windsor residents have consistently shown our concern with the imminent build-out of New Jersey by voting for open space tax assessments. The state Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation, in the 2004 Penns Neck Area Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), selected a preferred alternative with guidelines to assure preservation of crucial areas of open space:
Minimize potential wetland and floodplain impacts;
Minimize habitat fragmentation and avoid disturbance of potential habitat for the threatened long-eared owl, located adjacent to the Little Bear Brook on the Sarnoff property;
Minimize impacts to parks and natural areas, including the D&R Canal State Park, Little Bear Brook and the Millstone River corridor;
Avoid disturbance to National Register eligible archeological sites located adjacent to the Little Bear Brook and Millstone River;
Minimize disturbance to other National Register listed and eligible historic resources.
One of the Hillier alternatives for redevelopment suggested preserving the land northwest of the railroad tracks, between Route 571 (Washington Road) and the Millstone River. Many West Windsor residents have embraced this concept as an excellent space for walking and nature trails, a natural treasure amidst dense development. Connections from mixed use development (new and existing) around the train station could offer refuge and lead people to explore our natural resources.
I implore officials from West Windsor Township, the Department of Transportation, and NJ Transit to make preservation and improvement of the natural environment a priority as we move forward with what can be a model for local and regional redevelopment.
Wycombe Way, Princeton Junction