Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

Cities and Towns

Smart growth means taking advantage of infrastructure that already exists, capitalizing on the streets and sidewalks, the water pipes and sewer systems, the central business districts, the residential neighborhoods, the parks and recreational facilities that give established cities and towns their distinct identities and attractions.

Directing future investment to these centers, both large and small, will ensure that we use our land most efficiently and effectively, preserve the surrounding open space and halt the spread of suburban sprawl. Revitalizing our urban areas through redevelopment, and enhancing our towns by preserving community character, design and historic features, and creating walkable spaces, a vibrant mix of uses and a range of housing options, will make New Jersey a truly sustainable state..

Future Facts
The New Jersey Turnpike as it passes over the Meadowlands. Photo source: flickr user illinigardner
New Jersey Future, Other Groups Urge Veto of ‘Meadowlands Bill’

A consortium of planning and environmental groups urged Gov. Christie to veto the so-called “Meadowlands bill.”

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CNU President Is 2015 Forum Keynote Speaker

Incoming CNU President Lynn Richards will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Redevelopment Forum.

Sandy-related flooding in Little Ferry. Photo credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Rebuild By Design Projects Must Ensure Equity, Resiliency, Public Involvement

Our comments on the proposed plan for the third round of federal Sandy recovery funds stress that implementation must ensure equity, public participation and resiliency.

Camden Mayor Dana Redd speaks to attendees at a workshop on addressing combined-sewer overflows.
Workshop Attendees Learn Innovative Approaches to Addressing Combined-Sewer Overflows

A one-day workshop co-hosted by New Jersey Future provided information to New Jersey cities on innovative ways to address their combined-sewer overflow problems.

A rendering of outdoor space at Thomas Edison State College, retrofitted with rain gardens to capture stormwater where it falls.
Study Highlights Opportunities for Green Infrastructure in Trenton

A new study highlights opportunities in Trenton where green infrastructure can be incorporated in order to reduce stormwater runoff.

Articles and Stories
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Sept. 15 Community Meeting Will Focus Reopening of Downtown Trenton’s Assunpink Creek

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Trenton are preparing to present their plans to restore the Assunpink Creek at a Sept. 15 meeting.

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New Jersey’s Urban Water Systems: A Challenge, and an Opportunity for Collaboration, Engagement, Innovation, Vision

How can New Jersey turn this urban water infrastructure crisis into an opportunity for long-term prosperity. August 2014.

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Experts Agree on Action Agenda To Address State’s Water Infrastructure Problems

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

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New Report Highlights New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure Crisis

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

2014 Cary Edwards Leadership Award Announced

April 29, 2014 – Respected environmental lawyer Joe Marazati receives 2014 Cary Edwards Leadership Award at the Smart Growth Awards with New Jersey Future.

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