This month U.S. 1 celebrates its 35th anniversary. A lot has changed in that time. Back in 1984, when the first issue of the paper was produced from a garage in downtown Princeton, computing power was minimal and websites, Twitter, and the 24-hour news cycle were still decades away.
And suburban office parks — like the one from which U.S. 1 is produced today — were just starting to crop up along Route 1, a developing community that inspired founding editor Richard K. Rein to start the paper in the first place.
Rein, who retired from the newspaper business this past May, has embarked on an encore career writing on urbanism, regional planning, and placemaking as he completes a biography of William H. Whyte. Past readers of his periodic columns in this paper can now keep up with his musings at his website: www.reinreports.com.
In previous years, on the occasion of a major anniversary for U.S. 1, Rein would create a compilation of lessons learned and mistakes made over his years at the paper’s helm. His latest for Rein Reports offers a new twist on that tradition: He examines how the “secret sauce” that makes public places successful can be applied to the workplace, including a newspaper office.
Meanwhile, the editorial team Rein left behind at U.S. 1 is maintaining much of his original vision for the paper: a community business and entertainment journal that covers both the places where people work and the places where they play. He also saw the paper as a manager of data, manifested nowhere more clearly than in its comprehensive day-by-day listings of upcoming events, in print every week but also updated daily online at www.princetoninfo.com/events.
We do this with Dan Aubrey leading the paper’s arts and entertainment coverage, Diccon Hyatt shepherding its business sections, and Christina Giannantonio managing its events database. But none of it would be possible without our loyal community of contributors and readers.