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Challenge for NJ Cities: Gentrify Without Driving Out Less-Affluent Residents

Colleen O'Dea | December 13, 2018 | Housing, Planning

Newly minted report advises local and state officials on how to attract new residents and businesses without decimating older communities

Newark Forms Commission to Fight Gentrification

WNYC News | December 7, 2018 | Planning
Mayor Ras Baraka wants to make sure that poor and working-class residents are not displaced as the city tries to attract a middle class
Plenty of Backers for Big Tax Credit to Rehabilitate Historic Properties in NJ
John Reitmeyer | October 19, 2018 | Housing, Planning
Homeowners and developers would be eligible for incentive, which could be worth up to 25 percent of the cost of a qualified project
Trying to Repurpose NJ’s Empty or Underused Strip Malls and Offices
Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2018 | Planning
There’s a new grant program for municipalities to redevelop ‘ghost malls’ and underutilized commercial properties
The Challenge Facing New Jersey’s Suburbs: ‘Adapt in Order to Survive’
Colleen O'Dea | September 24, 2018 | Planning
Could suburban communities really empty out if officials don’t plan better to meet the demand for vibrant, walkable neighborhoods?
Court Rules Jersey City Can Keep Some Funds from Failed Journal Square Project
Colleen O'Dea | August 10, 2018 | Planning
Appellate court decides municipality must return $2 million to developer but can hold onto $700,000 paid into affordable-housing trust fund
Redirect Remaining Sandy Aid to Victims Who Still Are Not Back in Homes, State Urged
Colleen O'Dea | August 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Planning
Six years after superstorm’s devastation, not all recovery money has been spent. Advocates want some to go to people who are trying to ‘cross the finish line’
Princeton Merger Pays Off in Property-Tax Slowdown, Better Services
John Reitmeyer | August 7, 2018 | Budget, Planning
Five years after borough and township consolidated, officials say homeowners and municipality have saved money, and services have improved
Top Court Sends Montclair State Back to Drawing Board Over New Campus Exit
Colleen O'Dea | August 7, 2018 | Planning
Because plans would affect public safety, state Supreme Court returns case to Superior Court to make sure legitimate county concerns are taken into consideration
A Critical Question for NJ Towns: What Do You Do with a Dying Mall?
NJTV News | July 27, 2018 | Planning
There are more than 30 enclosed malls dotted across the Garden State — many in trouble — but some experts insist they can be given a new lease on life
The Latest Move: New Jerseyans Return to the Cities
NJTV News | June 6, 2018 | Planning
Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight’s editor at large, discusses a shift in the state’s population on NJTV
Fort Monmouth Poised for Second Life as Tech Hub
NJTV News Online | April 25, 2018 | Planning
Sprawling, two-square-mile property could also be redeveloped as walkable community for millennials
‘Shaq Tower’ Marks a Milestone in Downtown Newark
NJTV News | April 13, 2018 | Planning
NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal visits former home to watch workers finish top floor of his high-rise apartment and retail building on Rector Street
Governor Tries to Calm the Waters Between Hoboken and Ferry Company
NJTV News | April 5, 2018 | Planning
Murphy intervenes in row over future of three-acre waterfront shipyard
NJ’s Tech Future Begins with New Brunswick ‘Hub’ — Murphy
John Reitmeyer | March 20, 2018 | Planning
Governor’s plan for economic development begins with creation of a center for innovation and technology to help small businesses and startups
New Lease on Life for Urban Enterprise Zones, but Is Murphy Onboard?
John Reitmeyer | January 30, 2018 | Budget, Planning
Legislation hopes to maintain UEZ benefits, like 50 percent sales-tax break, in dozens of communities where zones are scheduled to expire
Business Task Force Hopes to Transform New Jersey into Millennial Magnet
John Reitmeyer | January 26, 2018 | Budget, Social, Planning
The Garden State has the highest millennial outmigration in the country, but attention to education, tuition, and vocational training could go a long way to turning things around
Newark Makes it onto List of 20 Finalists for Amazon’s Second Headquarters
John Reitmeyer | January 19, 2018 | Planning
Online giant promises $5B investment and as many as 50,000 jobs. City and state have offered $7B in tax incentives to try to land the project
Lawmakers Approve Massive Incentive Package to Try to Win Amazon HQ for Newark
John Reitmeyer | January 9, 2018 | Planning
Almost unanimous bipartisan support for multi-billion-dollar goody bag aimed at enticing Amazon to build its new corporate headquarters in Garden State
Judge Won't Block $380M Sale of Controversial State Bonds for Building Projects
John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2018 | Planning
Opponents of Christie administration’s debt issuance for new government buildings are running out of options. Only a final court appeal — and a snowstorm — can obstruct bond sale now
Legal Bid to Stop $200M State Bonds for Controversial Trenton Construction
John Reitmeyer | December 19, 2017 | Planning
Opponents try to block Christie administration from issuing debt to finance new office buildings at same time as under-the-radar panel give thumbs-up to project
Throwing the Book at Coastal Flooding and Sea-Level Rise
Colleen O'Dea | December 14, 2017 | Planning
A comprehensive report from NJ Future gives the governor-elect a new challenge: devise a coordinated response to help residents deal with flooding along the whole coastline
EDA to Issue $400M in State Debt for Controversial Government Buildings
John Reitmeyer | December 13, 2017 | Planning
Christie administration uses obscure committees and commissions to push through contentious construction plan, keeping Assembly and Senate out of the loop
Pols Play Musical Chairs, Trenton’s $220M Building Project Gets Green Light
John Reitmeyer | December 8, 2017 | Planning
After making some deft changes to a lowkey — but powerful — panel, bipartisan lawmakers give go-ahead to contentious government construction plan for downtown Trenton
Regional Plan Association Offers Recommendations Big and Smaller for NJ
John Reitmeyer | December 4, 2017 | Planning
From T-REX, a massive mass-transit agency, and a Meadowlands National Park to tighter governance and finances for NJ Transit and Port Authority
Private Developers Pile in for Camden Reconstruction
NJTV News | November 30, 2017 | Planning
South Jersey city’s downtown and waterfront are being transformed as state’s $2B incentive program proves a big lure for builders
Christie Administration’s Push for New Government Offices in Trenton Stymied
John Reitmeyer | November 16, 2017 | Planning
Demolition of two state buildings and construction of two more fail to get go-ahead from State House Commission
Rezoning Near Train Stations Essential to Transit-Oriented Development
Colleen O'Dea | November 16, 2017 | Planning
Communities that block multifamily housing from being built near train stations are contributing to the host of problems New Jersey faces
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
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