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The Urban Essex Coalition for Smart Growth

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
January 1, 1970

The panel will present the experience of the Urban Essex Coalition, which was formed in 2013 to bring together the many organizations and individuals that have an interest in seeing great communities created around the five commuter rail stations in Inner Essex County. Seeking mixed-use development, vital commercial districts and vibrant public spaces, and improved pedestrian and bicycle access between the station and the surrounding neighborhoods, the Coalition allows the members to pool resources and influence. This approach provides lessons for resolving issues across municipal boundaries through cooperative planning and programming.

  • Eric C. Y. Fang, AICP, AIA, LEED: EE&K / Perkins Eastman
  • Vivian E. Baker: Assistant Director, NJ Transit
  • Don Meisel, NJPP: Principal Planner, City of Orange
  • Richard Bryant: Executive Director, ValleyArts
  • Perris Straughter: Supervisory Planner, Department of Economic & Housing Development, City of Newark

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