Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

Development and Redevelopment

Forum Plenary: A Tale of Three Cities

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Three cities offer three approaches to urban downtown revitalization.

Forum Feature: Is Demolition Always the Best Option for Vacant Properties?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Finding the most appropriate solution for a vacant property will almost always have multiple positive effects. Often the best solution is not demolition.

New County Population Estimates: Older Places Continue Their Revival

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The new Census estimates show a continuation of county population trends: Older, already-built places see growth, and exurban counties see population losses.

Communities Need To Understand, Plan Effectively for Climate Risks

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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.

Forum Feature: Eyes Wide Open … or Shut

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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.

2014 Smart Growth Awards Announced

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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.

Forum Keynote: Target Investments at Assets, not Companies

Friday, March 21st, 2014

New Jersey, and the entire region, can learn from New York’s success how best to invest in economic growth.

Forum Feature: Giving Office Parks a New Lease on Life

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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.

Forum Feature: What’s Plan B? Energy Resiliency in Redevelopment

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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.

Forum Feature: Does Green Infrastructure Create Real Estate Value?

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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.

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