Revitalization Strategies for the Downtown Fringe

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
January 1, 1970

Downtowns throughout the country have been seeing the beginnings of a new interest and popularity. In New Jersey examples like Montclair, South Orange and Hoboken, illustrate the potential of successful downtown revitalization. However for every success story there remain numerous fringe districts and neighborhoods that continue to defy these trends. Saddled with limited mobility and access to jobs, high levels of crime, or the perception of crime, legacy environmental contamination, and vulnerability to the effects of climate change, these largely inner city areas have yet to see the kinds of interest and reinvestment needed to bring them back from the brink. This panel will examine three such districts, Paterson’s Northside, Passaic’s Eastside and Jersey City’s McGinley Square, and the different strategies they are employing such as leveraging transit to improve access to jobs, CPTED and capitalizing on the potential of ethnic niche markets..

  • Simone Gore: Facilities Planner, NJ Transit
  • Brian Loughlin, AIA: Professor of Architecture, Columbia University
  • Annisia Cialone, AICP, LEED AP: Senior Associate, Perkins Eastman Architects
  • Jerry Flach: Chief Community Programs Officer, Paterson Habitat for Humanity
  • Ricardo Fernandez, NJPP, AICP: Business Administrator & Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency & Urban Enterprise Zone, City of Passaic
  • Larisa Ortiz: Larisa Ortiz Associates

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