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Victims Share Lessons Learned Five Years After Sandy, but Is State Listening?

John Reitmeyer | October 20, 2017 | Planning

Many whose lives were upended by superstorm don't think New Jersey is any better prepared now than before storm hit

Rethinking NJ’s Housing Market to Meets Needs of Suburbanites, City Dwellers

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2017 | Planning
Housing is more than shelter: It’s a vital component in the health, growth, and economic wellbeing of the Garden State
Exploring the History of Property Taxes in New Jersey
WNYC News | October 11, 2017 | Planning
From the mid-1970s to yesterday’s gubernatorial debate, property taxes have bedeviled New Jersey pols and their constituents
What’s in Store When New Brunswick PAC Opens Its Doors?
Colleen O'Dea | October 6, 2017 | Planning
In the works for the $172M arts center: two theaters, rehearsal spaces, two floors of office space, 207 residential units …
Will Affordable-Housing Decision Be Derailed by Judge’s Ties to Developer?
Colleen O'Dea | August 10, 2017 | Planning
Judge ruled South Brunswick must build 3,000 units of affordable housing, but township wants decision set aside due to ‘appearance of impropriety’
New Planning Chief’s Vision of Jersey City’s Future
NJTV News Online | August 3, 2017 | Planning
Newly appointed planning director envisages development of all kinds, not one-size-fits-all
Newark’s Plan for Ironbound District Worries Some Residents
NJTV News Online | August 2, 2017 | Planning
Locals wonder who’s going to benefit from the surge of new development — developers or the community?
American Dream Wakes Up: Financing in Place, Megamall Gets Busy Building
John Reitmeyer | July 11, 2017 | Planning
With almost $3 billion in place, backers and critics alike hope the long-stalled entertainment complex will start to deliver on some of the 23,000 expected construction jobs
Activists Want 30% Affordable Housing, Local Jobs in Jersey City
NJTV News Online | June 13, 2017 | Planning
The 100-acre Bayfront site, once contaminated with chromium, is now valuable real estate in whose future locals want a say
American Dream Megamall: Investors Must Measure the Risk
WNYC News | June 6, 2017 | Planning
Preliminary bond offerings catalog an array of risks, including transportation and America’s dwindling romance with malls
Governor Announces 500 Abandoned Buildings in Trenton Will Be Demolished
NJTV News Online | May 31, 2017 | Planning
Christie says ‘unacceptable’ to leave office without having started effort to ‘turn around’ the capital city
Developer Secures Key Financing for Long-Stalled American Dream Mall
John Reitmeyer | May 23, 2017 | Planning
Is this a major turning point or another false start? Megamall’s builder is confident, says going to ‘aggressively move forward with the construction’
$375M Makeover for Taj Mahal as Hard Rock Comes to AC
NJTV News Online | April 6, 2017 | Planning
Developers — ‘Jersey boys’ — promise thousands of jobs and a renaissance for the troubled resort
New Farmland Assessment Reveals ‘Fake Farmers’ Still Getting Tax Breaks
Colleen O'Dea | February 28, 2017 | Planning
Faux farmers and hobby farms are still helping celebrities, politicians, and companies qualify for lowball property-tax assessments
American Dream Mall Still Troubling Developer’s Sleep
WNYC News | February 3, 2017 | Planning
Funding expected to be available in December has yet to show, raising questions about whether this dream will ever be realized
Tight Funding Deadline Looms for Developer of American Dream Mall
John Reitmeyer | January 23, 2017 | Planning
A $1.15 billion bond sale to fund completion of the megamall in the Meadowlands is supposed to happen this month, but time’s running out
The American Dream Megamall on the Small Screen
NJTV News Online | December 21, 2016 | Planning
The trio of reporters behind “Mall Madness,” the five-part series on the American Dream, talk to NJTV’s Mary Alice Williams
Who Benefits from the American Dream?
John Reitmeyer, Ilya Marritz, and Susan Berfield | December 16, 2016 | Planning
Since Triple Five took over the megamall project, it has made generous contributions to Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign coffers, as well as to his political allies
Putting a Price Tag on the American Dream
John Reitmeyer, Ilya Marritz, and Susan Berfield | December 15, 2016 | Planning
Getting to the requisite $5 billion will require a labyrinthine arrangement of private loans, bond sales, tax incentives — and a public finance agency in Wisconsin
All in the Family: The Canadian Clan Behind the American Dream Mall
John Reitmeyer, Ilya Marritz, and Susan Berfield | December 14, 2016 | Planning
The Ghermezian family has two hugely popular megamall/entertainment complexes to its credit, and some troubling flops
Bricks or Clicks? The American Dream Megamall Versus Online Shopping
John Reitmeyer, Ilya Marritz, and Susan Berfield | December 13, 2016 | Planning
American Dream's developers argue that they’re not just building a mall, they’re creating a global destination
American Dream: Is There a Future for Stalled Mall on the NJ Meadowlands?
John Reitmeyer, Ilya Marritz, Susan Berfield | December 12, 2016 | Planning
Canadian developers say they're building more than a mall, it’s also an international tourist destination — one that would be partially funded by $1 billion in tax incentives
Affordable Housing: A Key Component if NJ’s Cities Are to Thrive
Lee Keough | November 2, 2016 | Planning, Podcasts
Gentrification is one of the factors transforming today’s cities, but to achieve true community, long-term local residents must have a place in the mix
Creating an Urban Agenda for NJ's Small and Midsized Cities
Lee Keough | November 1, 2016 | Planning, Podcasts
If you couldn’t attend the second annual NJ Spotlight on Cities, you can still keep up with the discussions on an agenda for our urban centers
The ‘New’ Gentrification Explored at NJ Spotlight on Cities Conference
Tara Nurin | October 21, 2016 | Planning
Developers and advocates discuss ways to breathe new life into neighborhoods without displacing long-time residents
Democratic Lawmakers Hope to Compromise with Christie On Urban Enterprise Zones
John Reitmeyer | October 18, 2016 | Planning
Proposal would give a two-year extension to five cities while state studies whether another program would be more effective for hard-pressed cities
Imagining a Marshall Plan for Our 'Ignored' Cities
Lee Keough | October 18, 2016 | Planning
At the NJ Spotlight on Cities conference, leading politicians agreed ‘we’ve ignored our cities’ and it’s time to make them a priority
NJ Spotlight on Cities: A Quick Recap
Amanda Brown | October 18, 2016 | Planning
A few digital glimpses of the second annual conference, judged a success by participants and attendees — or so they told us. See you next year.
At Day-Long Conference, NJ Spotlight Shines Spotlight on State’s Cities
NJTV News Online | October 17, 2016 | Planning
The second annual NJ Spotlight on Cities conference brought together politicians, policymakers, urban architects and advocates
Catch the Live Stream from the 2nd Annual NJ Spotlight on Cities
John Mooney | October 14, 2016 | Planning
Can’t make the conference? Watch a live stream of the keynote conversation and the session on the 2017 gubernatorial race
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