Local Beat: The Real Life Negative Effects of Job Sprawl

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December 3, 2015


Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

THE REAL LIFE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF JOB SPRAWL
The movement of employment from historical city and population centers outward into low density suburbia – known as job sprawl – has been a factor in the development in America since the 1950s. The negative effects of job sprawl are painfully apparent at the Amazon fulfillment center mega-warehouse in Robinsville, where thousands of employees coming and going during rush hour creates massive traffic jams, among other issues. South Jerseyist says the solution is that this warehouse should never have been built in Robinsville in the first place.
THE FUTURE OF TRAINS AND FERRIES
The New York-New Jersey metropolitan area is complex, to say the least – but apparently it's not complex enough. Ron Miskoff of EWR Zone says a group of people from the Newark Regional Business Partnership gathered last week to discuss how to build up the region even more. They're calling for more innovative methods of travel to help the Northeast keep up with the rest of the nation, in order to maintain the area's edge as the largest transit hub in the United States.
MILLBURN COMMUNITY MEETS, OPPOSES NEW RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN SHORT HILLS
More than 150 people gathered at Millburn High School this week to discuss a proposal to build a new residential and hotel complex in Short Hills. Jonathan Sym of TAP into Millburn/Short Hills says residents are opposed to the plan, which calls for the establishment of a hotel, a four-story garage, and more than 200 residential units near the Mall at Short Hills. Residents are worried about the environmental impacts on the town's roads and thoroughfares, the potential increase in student population, and the increased costs of maintaining the town's high quality of education.
JUDGE FINDS PARSIPPANY'S COMPUTER EXPERT 'NOT CREDIBLE'
A federal court judge has rejected the credibility of the computer forensics firm that Township Attorney John Inglesino retained for nearly 1 million dollars – without council approval – to investigate the hard drive of a former Parsippany Police Captain. Frank Cahill of Parsippany Focus says the firm was found liable in federal court for fraudulent inducement and almost all of their testimony was thrown out.
DEADLINE LOOMS ON FUTURE OF OYSTER CREEK SITE
The Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant in Lacey Township is quickly become the top concern of officials in Ocean County. Daniel Nee of Micromedia Publications says the 650 jobs and more than 5,000 gigawatts of power the plant supplies to the surrounding neighborhoods are two of the biggest concerns, but residents also wonder what would replace the nuclear facility when it's shut down in 2019.

SAVE THE DATE: ProPublica and NJ Spark are hosting ProPublica Live: In Conversation with Jason Leopold at 6pm on Dec. 7 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Join us for a conversation with VICE News investigative reporter Jason Leopold about his use of Freedom of Information Act requests in his reporting on national security, civil liberties, and other issues. The discussion will include tips on how journalists, environmentalists, researchers and others can use FOIA to uncover public information. Tickets are free but limited. Click here to RSVP or learn more.

SAVE THE DATE: Come tell us your story about Atlantic City. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Free Press will be bringing together community members, journalists, media makers, activists, and others at the Noyes Arts Garage in Atlantic City to brainstorm about the future of local journalism and its role in the community. Click here for more information and click here to RSVP.    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: We've extended the deadline for submissions to our statewide undergraduate reporting contest, which boasts a grand price of $650. We will now be accepting submissions until April 1, 2016. The best submissions will be included and published as part of our Dirty Little Secrets project with the Center for Investigative Reporting.
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