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Archive for July, 2013

New Jersey Future Supports Economic Incentives that Don’t Subsidize Sprawl

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

New Jersey Future would like to support the most current version of the Economic Incentives Act, as long as it advances the intent of the original version.

New Jersey’s Inner Suburbs: Leading Indicator of Opportunity and Challenge

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

New Jersey’s “first suburbs” are becoming a leading indicator for the state’s increasing diversity, accompanied by all its opportunities and challenges. They are also often overlooked in favor of larger cities.

Post-Sandy Recovery: Balancing Regional Planning With Home Rule

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

The devastation wrought by Sandy is both local and regional. Strictly top-down or bottom-up solutions are not likely to serve the recovery well.

Somerset County Releases Study on Repurposing Under-Utilized Commercial Properties

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

A new report from Somerset County that examines seven prototypical suburban commercial sites, with recommendations for redevelopment, could serve as a model for other counties.

In Rush To Rebuild, Are We Failing To Plan for the Next Superstorm?

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Overdevelopment has long plagued the Jersey Shore, but rebuilding efforts tend to overlook that inconvenient truth.

Rethinking the Shore Forum Zeroes in on Better Planning, Leadership

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Our partner WHYY recaps the first of a series of community conversations about Rethinking the Shore.

Memo to Municipalities: Get Creative and Flexible if You Want Those Office Parks Redeveloped

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Re-imagining suburban office parks will be key to New Jersey’s economic vitality in the future. Municipalities can play a key role in making that easier.

Economic Opportunity Act’s “Log Cabin Loophole” Invites Sprawl Subsidies

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

A significant loophole in the Assembly’s current version of the Economic Opportunity Act would invite sprawl subsidies. There’s still time to fix it.

Groups Offer Early Lessons From Post-Sandy Recovery

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Recommendations to President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Task Force focused on long-term planning to reduce risk; on equitable access to rebuilding resources; and on transparency and public engagement in the process.

Addressing the Growing Issue of Obsolete Office Parks

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

An upcoming conference focuses on how best to repurpose the growing number of obsolete suburban office parks in New Jersey.

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