Three cities offer three approaches to urban downtown revitalization.
Development and Redevelopment
Finding the most appropriate solution for a vacant property will almost always have multiple positive effects. Often the best solution is not demolition.
The new Census estimates show a continuation of county population trends: Older, already-built places see growth, and exurban counties see population losses.
Executive Director Peter Kasabach made his debut April 2 on Al Jazeera America, joining a panel on Ray Suarez’s show Inside Story to talk about the importance of understanding the risks posed by a changing climate, and giving communities the leadership and resources they need to plan accordingly.
At a Redevelopment Forum session on climate change, speakers were clear: New Jersey is paying insufficient attention to the increasing risks of a changing climate, and both good leadership and good information are needed if that is to change.
Three housing developments; two downtown plans; a transformative open-space plan; an anchor of hope for its surrounding community; and a region-wide plan for smart economic growth are all winners of New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Former State Planning Commission Chairman Joe Maraziti will receive the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.
New Jersey, and the entire region, can learn from New York’s success how best to invest in economic growth.
There are opportunities to repurpose New Jersey’s increasingly obsolete suburban structures, such as malls and office parks, but it takes a lot of effort and cooperation.
A range of options, addressing both supply alternatives and asset isolation and protection, is available to municipalities that want to make themselves more energy-resilient during emergencies.
The use of green-infrastructure elements can add real estate value through both higher revenues and lower costs, but they must be incorporated early in the design process.