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Ignite! Redevelopment Forum 2018

On March 9, 2018, New Jersey Future invited me to speak about artists, cities, and gentrification at their inaugural Ignite series as part of their annual Redevelopment Forum in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

New Jersey Future is a public policy organization promoting smart growth, sustainability, open space, and livable communities in the Garden State.

Inaugural Ignite class

A group shot of the inaugural Ignite speakers–including me (back-center)–at New Jersey Future‘s Redevelopment Forum 2018. New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 9, 2018.

My fellow Ignite speakers discussed a wide and fascinating range of development issues, including: park design, urban forestry, rehabbing religious spaces, and tactical urbanism. I learned so much about the innovative projects occurring throughout New Jersey.

Throughout the day, I listened to and talked with smart, talented people all working to build better neighborhoods and communities. The full-day of panels and lectures left me energized and surprisingly optimistic about life in New Jersey.  I can’t wait until next year’s Forum, if only as a guest.


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