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
Housing near a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station in Jersey City. Photo courtesy of NJTPA.
New Study Shines a Light on Mixed-Income Housing Around New Jersey’s Transit Stations

A new analysis of income distribution in the neighborhoods around New Jersey’s transit stations shows that the benefits of access to transit are not always available across all income groups.

Rendering of the new Panasonic North America headquarters in downtown Newark.
New Report Highlights National Trend: Corporations Are Investing Downtown

A new report highlights corporations that have focused on downtown for relocation or expansion, and offers strategies for urban areas that want to attract corporate investment.

Downtown Bordentown. Photo courtesy of JGSC Group.
Millennials, ‘Alternative’ Economy Shape Downtown Redevelopment Trends

At Downtown New Jersey’s annual conference, the focus was on the way Millennials and alternative economies are transforming traditional downtowns.

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League of Municipalities Executive Director To Retire

New Jersey Future salutes the New Jersey State League of Municipalities’ executive director, Bill Dressel, who is retiring after 41 years with the organization.

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Forum Plenary: Impact Investing and Systems Thinking

A look at how new approaches to investing are reshaping New Jersey’s cities both above and below ground.

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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