The June 2018 issue is available now


Focus: Streets & Communities

Emilio Panasci of Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (l) with Chef Sean Hassan

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Creative Placemaking

Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District becomes a destination for residents and visitors


On the heels of the City of Newark’s 350th Anniversary Celebration, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District celebrated its 15th year as a non-profit organization. This milestone served as capstone on what I call “Lincoln Park 1.0” which was established to lead the development of the historic Lincoln Park neighborhood, along the southern end of Broad Street in downtown Newark.

What made our mission and vision distinct from other Community Development Corporations was creative-placemaking. We understood that brick and mortar without arts, culture, access to fresh food, educational institutions, places to worship, and play does not constitute a community. You need all of these things in addition to a local economy so that residents can work, buy, and circulate the dollar in their community.

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Renewing DCA’s Commitment to Community Revitalization


When I was Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly, I visited all 40 state legislative districts to meet with local officials and people from all walks of life. By taking this tour, I gained an understanding of the unique needs, issues, and mindsets found in New Jersey. This experience, which helped me immensely in the state legislature, is continuing to pay dividends in my role as Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). It also taught me that all communities in the state have at least one thing in common–they want economic development that makes sense for them. DCA is in a position to help with this goal.

Expanding local economies One way DCA is leveraging its assets to expand local economies is through the Main Street New Jersey (MSNJ) Program, which provides communities with technical assistance and training to improve their downtown business districts. Another way is with the Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP), which aims to revitalize declining neighborhoods through efforts such as job creation, housing rehabilitation, and creative use of abandoned properties.


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Conference Preview

A preview of the NJLM Annual Conference this November, including a listing of important dates and a current listing of exhibitors.

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