I intended on wrapping up this blog however I am constantly impressed by my experiences in this town. I’ve written about how to better meet the needs of young people in town, and about the loss of business due to the 2008 recession, serious issues in Maplewood, NJ.
In 2011 and 2012 Springfield Avenue began visibly showing signs of a revitalization of businesses and housing. In addition, Maplewood Township has created a space for students at the Main library – turning a once contentious relationship between local libraries and students into a budding friendship.
It’s the simple sometimes little changes in government services that improves the quality of life in a community.
Communities run better when politicians have a vision as to how their community could develop for the better, and when politicians tailor that vision to meet the needs and concerns of residents – it is a great thing, and Maplewood Township government is doing that.
In a set of four posts I’ll cover completed re-development projects on Springfield Avenue including Walgreens and a 7-Eleven I wasn’t aware was part of local redevelopment efforts.
I’ll follow that post with pictures of desserts from a cafe on Springfield Avenue I truly enjoy visiting.
Next, I’ll touch on an event I visited last night, January 26th, about Complete Streets initiative by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). The NJDOT is making presentations to municipalities state wide about a new state policy – it encourages state municipalities to re-design streets to create safer, more livable communities for pedestrians, bikers and skaters.
And I’m saving the best for last. My fourth post will be about the new teen section in both libraries. Integrated into well used library spaces local teens are enjoying their new space.
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