Preserving Communities: Live From New Jersey Future

Rooflines is reporting from the annual redevelopment forum held by New Jersey Future, a statewide research and advocacy organization today. The even highlights advancements and analyses on many of the policies and policy proposals addressing state and local needs, as well as the financing and strategies involved in redevelopment – commercial or residential, and more specifically, affordable housing. One of challenges here, and all over the country, is striking the right balance between redevelopment, and preserving a neighborhood’s resident base and history. In other words, avoiding the adverse effects of gentrification.

With that, the explicit theme today is how all this affects our communities, so we’re keeping an eye on several things today, including presentations on fostering local agriculture, which Shelterforce examined in Arionna Brasche’s Fall 2010 report, Greening Vacant Land, the survival of inner-ring suburbs (featuring a presentation by Alan Mallach, a senior fellow at National Housing Institute), inclusionary redevelopment, and transit-oriented development. Stay tuned and follow us Twitter @Shelterforce

Matthew Brian Hersh served as senior editor at Shelterforce from March 2008 to October 2012. He studied English at Rutgers University and has spent his professional career in journalism, policy, and politics.


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