I have travelled to Morristown many times, it is a beautiful place to visit and there is always something to do. I will share photos from a few events I have attended and also try to illustrate the biggest problem for both commuters and residents of the bustling downtown area-parking.
Morristown has a walk score of 68. A walk score is a score from 0 to 100 that demonstrates the “walkability,” of any address. A score of 68 means the town is “somewhat walkable.” I personally would have given Morristown a higher rating, as I find it to be an accessible place and fairly easy to navigate on foot but I understand that with busy streets, and sometimes older sidewalks, 68 is a reasonably accommodating score. Pictured above is a typical residential street, just a few blocks from the shops in downtown. Houses often have porches with small front yards and on street parking. You can see at the end of the block a woman is standing with a black labrador in harness. This is a common site among the streets of Morristown, as The Seeing Eye has a campus located just five minutes from downtown and trainers often practice routes with their dogs in training here. Blind students use these same routes when they come to The Seeing Eye to learn how to work with their new dogs.
One of the most prominent locations in Morristown is “the Green.” This moderately sized historic park located at the center of Morristown is the center of many events including The Festival on the Green and an annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. This has also been the basis for several traffic studies, as the Green is surrounded by a round about traffic pattern that is accessible from four major highways: State Route 510, 124, and 202 and U.S. Route 287.
This is a picture I took at one of those events: The Festival on The Green, which is held every year around September or October. Vendors line the Green and take up prime parking spaces to set up tents, as pictured above. Roadways are often closed to accommodate new traffic patterns and cut off access to the event space from outside vehicles. These types of events are hard to commute to, as you will usually have to find on street parking farther away, or pay to use a parking deck, which often are filled anyway.
In this photo you can see the packed on street parking that lines the downtown area directly off of the Green. Driving through the round about can also be incredibly confusing if you’re not paying attention to your GPS. There are stop lights at the four busiest cut offs of the circle, as pictured above. Typical structures for businesses are as you see in this picture. Many buildings hold historic aesthetic value and are generally well kept. Mainly you’ll see two to three story buildings, although new development has seen buildings of three stories or more.
The town’s vision is: “to become the most welcoming, beautiful, healthy, resilient, and sustainable place to live, work, and play in New Jersey.” The Master Plan of Morristown, inspired by these core values, seeks to improve upon them by focusing on the issues stated in this post. The key areas of concern are: traffic and congestion patterns, public spaces, and pedestrian and bike safety. I am excited to see where new development will take this quaint little town, if you are ever in the area, I suggest you drive through and take a look.