Walkable Princeton: A Walk around The Yard at Rutgers-New Brunswick
Earlier this semester, Rutgers University opened a significant new addition. ‘The Yard‘ replaced a parking lot at Hamilton St and College Ave in New Brunswick. Imagined as a ‘front porch’ for the campus, the project features a mixture of stores and apartments arranged around a park. But how successful is it?
Approaching ‘The Yard’ from Easton Avenue, I was struck by how well the complex meets the street. Instead of random stretches of landscaped green space, there are stores and cafes lining the street with outdoor seating areas. This fits well with the location: ‘The Yard’ is just a block away from the historic Rutgers Voorhees Mall and Kirkpatrick Chapel in the heart of downtown New Brunswick.