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Archive for March, 2011

State Reaffirms Commitment to Transit Village Program; Eliminates Funding

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

NJDOT Commissioner Jim Simpson insisted that the Department remained committed to the program.

A Bleak Recent Past, a Brighter Future Ahead

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Experts paint a picture of the Garden State in transition — from a manufacturing and construction-based economy to a services-based economy, from a state in deep recession to a state in slow recovery, from a Baby Boomer-induced growth pattern of suburban sprawl to a Generation Y-inspired comeback for compact, walkable communities.

NJ’s Transportation Capital Plan: Focus on Fix-It-First, Transit, Pedestrian Safety; Transit Villages Slashed

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Though there will always be disagreements over the specific list of projects funded, when it comes to larger policy direction, New Jersey’s 2012 Transportation Capital Plan is by and large one that advocates of sustainable transportation can feel good about. The plan places heavy emphasis on “fix-it-first,” particularly bridge repair and road resurfacing, over capacity expansion; […]

NJ Transit Delays Parking Privatization

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The Asbury Park Press ran a good article over the weekend updating the status of NJ Transit’s initiative to privatize parking at 81 of its busiest stations, a program creatively dubbed “SPACES”. Apparently, the process is more complicated than they first anticipated, thanks in part to the large number of properties and existing ownership and […]

2011 Redevelopment Forum SUCCESS!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The 2011 Redevelopment Forum was a huge success!
Thank you again to our generous title sponsors:

 
Special thanks to the luncheon & keynote speaker sponsor:

Our tote bags and audio visuals were generously provided by:

Beverages made possible by the generosity of:

More than 150 joined us for a great afternoon networking reception, thanks to sponsors:

More than 80 speakers spoke […]

Pittsburgh Offers Bold Model for Redevelopment

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

As cities and towns in New Jersey grapple with the economic and social challenges of the 21st Century, Murphy said, they can draw some lessons from the example set by Pittsburgh where regional tax-base sharing initiated 40 years ago has led to land-use decisions that preserve open space and maintain vibrant downtowns.

State Launches “Strategic State Planning Process”

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

On March 4, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Wayne Hasenbalg outlined the Christie administration’s State Strategic Planning Process Project.”

Bloomfield Adopts Complete Streets Policy

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Following the lead of their neighbor Montclair, Bloomfield Township in Essex County became the seventh municipality in New Jersey to embrace complete streets after their town council voted unanimously last night in support of the policy. Bloomfield was awarded a Smart Growth Award from NJ Future in 2008 for their Town Center Redevelopment Plan, which, among other […]

Is Jersey City a Suburb? Joel Kotkin Thinks So.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

For much of the past decade, there has been a constant media drumbeat about the “return to the cities.” Urban real estate interests, environmentalists and planners have widely promoted this idea.

More than 500 registered – join us Friday!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Today we received the registration of our 500th attendee for Friday’s Redevelopment Forum, which will be held at the Hyatt Hotel & Conference Center in New Brunswick. The guest list includes reputable planners, architects, developers, municipal leaders and elected officials.
The entire staff has been working hard, putting the finishing touches on New […]

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