A Catalyst for Growth
April 4, 2003
Trenton, New Jersey
by: NJ DEP, HPO and Preservation New Jersey
The 2003 Historic
Preservation Conference engaged, informed, and entertained over 300 attendees
at the day long event in Trenton. Keynote speaker Anthony M. Tung, author
of "Preserving the World's Great Cities: The Destruction and Renewal
of the Historic Metropolis," provided an international perspective
on urban preservation and offered examples of how some cities have reversed
the"20th century... culture of destruction." (See news article
from The Times, Trenton)
Following Mr. Tung's
presentation, Preservation New Jersey moderated a panel session of
top level cabinet officials highlighting the role of historic preservation
in New Jersey's future. Participants included Assemblyman Reed Gusciora,
Commissioner Brad Campbell, NJ DEP, Commissioner Susan Bass Levin, NJ DCA,
and Deputy Commissioner Jim Snyder, NJ DOT.
explored a variety of strategies for integrating preservation and community
revitalization, including a bus tour of Trenton's revitalization successes.
Preservation New Jersey's reception in the Masonic Temple was a fitting
close to an eventful day, where Susan West Montgomery, executive director
of Preservation Action,
stressed the need for all preservationists to work towards full restoration
of cuts to the federal Historic Preservation Fund.
State Museum Auditorium, West State Street, Trenton
Address: Anthony M. Tung
Author of Preserving the World's Great Cities: The Destruction
and Renewal of the Historic Metropolis
& Book Signing
Historic Preservation: A Catalyst for Growth
officials from Governor McGreevey’s administration have been invited
to participate in a panel session exploring New Jersey’s new Smart Growth
Initiative and its impact on historic preservation. The Department of
Environmental Protection, the Department of Community Affairs and the
Department of Transportation incorporate historic preservation into
many aspects of their agency goals. Learn from the state’s top officials
how preserving our historic and archaeological resources is a key concern
for New Jersey’s future. Session moderated by Preservation New Jersey.
Tour: Trenton's Revitalization Successes & Opportunities (Optional
- Space Limited)
This unique bus tour of historic Trenton will focus on the revitalization
success experienced in Mill HIll, Warren Street and Sovereign Arena areas.
The guided Tour will discuss and illustrate future investment opportunities
and initiatives currently underway to enhance the economic vitality of
the Capital City, while preserving the vestigs of its prominent past.
Seating is limited - please register in advance.
Coordinated by Preservation New
Creating a National Heritage Area…. The Crossroads of the American Revolution
New Jersey has embarked upon a truly innovative initiative that will
revolutionize the way we preserve and interpret our past. Throughout the
country, National Heritage Areas have enhanced the protection and promotion
of historic and natural resources and spearheaded economic development.
New Jersey is on the cusp of securing its federal designation. Noted scholar,
Mark Lender of Kean University, will moderate a panel session on creating
a heritage area beginning with the broad intent of the federal program
and moving to the specific opportunities before us in New Jersey. The
session will also highlight the opportunities and challenges that are
specific to incorporating urban and densely developed areas into heritage
tourism. Invited speakers include Brenda Barrett from the National Park
Service, Dennis Davidson, formerly of the Green Acres Program, and Michael
Creasey, Executive Director, John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National
Heritage Corridor Commission.
Coordinated by: The Crossroads
of the American Revolution Association.
Thomas Edison State
Focus: Challenges & Opportunites: New Jersey's urban
areas are experiencing serious challenges toward reaching economic stability
and quality of life. This track will focus on the demographic changes
confronting our state as well as to explore the economic issues and advantages
to rehabilitating our existing urban fabric. You will hear from experts
who share appreciation for older communities and commercial downtowns
and learn about specific strategies and techniques for revitalizing our
most significant and lively places.
of Our Communities
Preservation of our historic urban areas poses the greatest challenge
for New Jersey's re-development. As the state boasting the highest and
most diverse immigrant population, reaching out to non-English speaking
people and awakening pride of place requires strategies and techniques
that differ from traditional methods. Many of our urban areas lack even
minimal preservation protections and in fact, have not completed the basic
resource inventory necessary for implementing community preservation strategies.
Our panelists share their expertise and strategies on incorporating the
changing faces in our communities into planning and decision making. Moderator:
Maria E. Cerda-Morena, RA, National Trust Advisor. Panelists: Laura
Hanses, Co-Director for Place Matters, Michelle Doran McBean, President
and CEO of Future City, Inc., Penny Pollock-Barnes, Program Coordinator
for PNJ's new Urban Initiative.
Road or Rail - Developing Community Centers: Hop on board as this
track takes you both on and off the rail to discover new routes to building
a better community through transportation. Listen to NJ Transit's ground
breaking programs to integrate railroad stations and transit infrastructure
into existing planning, explore methods to promote responsible and sensitive
growth around transit hubs, and hear success stories of past rehabilitations
and re-use of historic railroad station projects. Off rail, discover how
to make your streetscape design compatible with your community, hear about
NJDOT's Context Sensitive design program, and learn about NJDOT's new
visual preference survey program.
Building Better Communities with Transit
session will cover topics of particular interest to municipal planners,
developers, and urban historic preservation advocates who are faced
with embracing and utilizing public transit infrastructure in their
historic community. Vivian E. Baker will discuss the Transit-Friendly
Communities for New Jersey program; a pilot community planning assistance
program which assisted eleven competitively selected municipalities
through urban design, transportation planning, downtown revitalization,
community outreach and "smart growth" advocacy. Monica Etz will discuss
how the Transit Villages Initiative program brings together key state
agencies in support of local efforts to "grow smart" and reinforce the
principles of the State Development & Redevelopment Plan. Allen Kratz
will exhibit case studies that highlight how the rehabilitations and
re-uses of several historic railroad related buildings have brought
them back into the communities' lives. Moderator: Steven Jurow,
Senior Director, Environmental Services, NJ Transit. Panelists:
Vivian E. Baker, Principal Planner, NJ Transit Department of Project
Planning; Monica Etz, Project Manager, NJDOT Bureau of Statewide Planning;
Allen Kratz, Project Manager, Real Estate Department, NJ Transit.
Links in Historic Community Revitalization: The aesthetic as well
as the essence of many historic communities in New Jersey and across the
nation are experiencing dramatic changes. Inappropriate zoning, land use
regulation, economics, government policy, and cultural perceptions are
bringing on many of these changes. This track will explore the changes
that are taking place, the factors causing these changes, and the tactics
that can facilitate meaningful redevelopment while preserving our historic
The American Dream in the 21st Century: Preserving the Historic Character
of Our Communities
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has alerted the preservation
community and the general public to the relatively recent epidemic of
the demolition of homes in historic districts throughout the nation to
make room for "Super-sized" housing. In addition, the character of New
Jersey's Main Streets is being threatened by big box retail and incompatible
new development. This session will explore these issues with particular
focus on small towns and inner ring suburbs and discuss tools that can
be used to stop these dangerous trends. Moderator: Jef Bueller,
New Jersey Main Street Program. Panelists: Adrian Scott Fine, National
Trust for Historic Preservation; Kevin Tremble, Tenafly Historic Preservation
Commission; Margaret Ingersoll, Moorestown Historical Society.
Thomas Edison State College
Focus: Challenges & Opportunites
Session: Urban Revitalization: The Market for Preservation
This session will focus on economic issues, real estate and financial
incentives impacting historic rehabilitation and revitalization efforts
in urban New Jersey. It will cover historic preservation as it relates
to planning and economic development and financial tools such as the proposed
State rehabilitation tax credit and the potential benefits of this tool
as an added preservation incentive. Finally, this session will look at
several historic rehabilitation case studies in Paterson and the impact
that these projects will have on revitalization efforts. Moderator:
Kurt Leasure, NJHPO. Panelists: Ken Bowers, Phillips Preiss Shapiro
Associates, Inc.; Donald M. Scarry, New Jersey Economics; Elise Quasebarth
& Kate Lemos, Higgins & Quasebarth.
Road or Rail - Developing Community Centers
Session: Creating a Sense of Place through Road Projects
- Not an Oxymoron!
Three expert speakers will provide useful information on how to create
a better community through transportation. Jeff Grob will be addressing
building a better community through TEA-21 funded programs and how the
full potential of this program to truly enhance the community has rarely
been achieved. Miriam Crum will discuss Context Sensitive Design, and
NJDOT's commitment to construct projects that serve the community as a
whole. Michael King will illuminate NJDOT's visual preference survey program,
with particular attention paid to such issues in historic communities.
Moderator: Steve Hardegen, NJHPO. Panelists: Jeff Grob,
Vollmer & Associates; Miriam Crum, NJDOT Project Manager; Michael King,
Michael King Architect.
Links in Historic Community Revitalization
Session: From Main Street to Plain Street
This session will examine issues surrounding revitalization in urban communities.
These issues include the effects of the demolition of historic buildings
in urban areas, the effects of public policy on community revitalization,
grassroots efforts to preserve community character, and useful tools in
neighborhood preservation. Moderator: Peter Kasabach, New Jersey
HMFA and the Trenton Preservation Committee. Panelists: Chris Auth,
Heart of Camden; and Laura Swartz, Isles, Inc.
Reception & Exhibits
Masonic Temple, Barrack Street