Planning/Design

Liberty Harbor North at Jersey City waterfront based on the tenets of new urbanism

More photos: Liberty Harbor North in Jersey City, New Jersey – July 2020 Photo 1: New urbanist development in Jersey City at Liberty Harbor North. Photo 2: The street layout for Liberty Harbor North. Photo 3: Additional townhouse development at Liberty Harbor North. FBW | July 28, 2020 Some of [...]

Liberty Harbor North at Jersey City waterfront based on the tenets of new urbanism2020-07-28T12:33:33-04:00

Liberty Harbor North in Jersey City, New Jersey – July 2020

Read the story: Liberty Harbor North at Jersey City waterfront based on the tenets of new urbanism Townhouse development at Liberty Harbor North is based on scale and character of surrounding historic Downtown Jersey City neighborhoods. Liberty Harbor North original street plan adopted by City of Jersey City in 2001 creating [...]

Liberty Harbor North in Jersey City, New Jersey – July 20202020-07-30T09:55:09-04:00

The Hudson River waterfront and the planning process:  public or private?

Photo 1: The newly built Ellipse, a luxury residential 44-story tower, on a pier at Jersey City's Newport waterfront. Photo 2: Bird-eye view of Hoboken's South Waterfront with a waterfront park clearly delineated from upland blocks of private development by last north-south street. Photo 3: Private gated community at North Bergen's [...]

The Hudson River waterfront and the planning process:  public or private?2020-07-03T14:38:01-04:00

With demise of Google’s plan, Toronto has opportunity to create a truly public lakefront

Sidewalk Labs' former plan for the Toronto lakefront, aimed to make Toronto the global hub for urban innovation but failed to delineate public space at the water's edge from upland private development. By Craig Whitaker | Craig Whitaker Architects | May 27, 2020 The recent announcement that Sidewalks Lab was abandoning its [...]

With demise of Google’s plan, Toronto has opportunity to create a truly public lakefront2020-05-27T14:10:17-04:00

A Nobel-Winning Economist Goes to Burning Man by Emily Badger (New York Times 9-5-2019)

Burning Man's Black Rock City in the Nevada desert Amid the desert orgies, Paul Romer investigates a provocative question: Is this bacchanal a model of urban planning? When FBW began its Plan for the Hoboken Waterfront in 1990, the first advice we got was to extend the public street grid to the [...]

A Nobel-Winning Economist Goes to Burning Man by Emily Badger (New York Times 9-5-2019)2020-02-05T18:00:44-05:00

The urban design principles that make for successful waterfronts

This article is an excerpt from Reclaiming the Waterfront, A Planning Guide for Waterfront Municipalities published by the Fund for a Better Waterfront in August 1996. The street. It is the river of life of the city, the place where we come together, the pathway to the center. It is the [...]

The urban design principles that make for successful waterfronts2018-10-20T15:57:23-04:00

Master Plans, Official Maps and “Paper Streets”

Detail from the Commissioner's Plan of 1811 for Manhattan. This plan was laid out over a hundred years before the last parcels were developed at the northern end of the island. This article is an excerpt from Reclaiming the Waterfront, A Planning Guide for Waterfront Municipalities published by the Fund for a Better Waterfront [...]

Master Plans, Official Maps and “Paper Streets”2018-10-24T15:40:20-04:00

Col. Stevens’ vision for Hoboken still valid 200 years later

FBW | July 18, 2014 In 1990, FBW began to develop its Plan for the Hoboken Waterfront. The first step in the planning process was to extend Hoboken’s traditional street grid to the waterfront. Designating where streets will be located is the fundamental first step of any rational city planning process. It determines the [...]

Col. Stevens’ vision for Hoboken still valid 200 years later2018-10-31T17:20:47-04:00

A prophetic vision for successful and failed waterfronts

 FBW | September 11, 2013 10/23/2014 Update: FBW honored Craig Whitaker at its Connect the Waterfront event, presenting him with the FBW Riparian Award, in recognition for his lasting impact on the Hudson River waterfront. Mr. Whitaker has guided the advocacy work of FBW through planning principles that have ensured a continuous, public waterfront [...]

A prophetic vision for successful and failed waterfronts2018-10-31T17:16:46-04:00

Privatizing the Planning Process

The Rouse Harborfront development at the Baltimore waterfront. Excerpt from Reclaiming the Waterfront - A Planning Guide for Waterfront Municipalities by the Fund for a Better Waterfront, Craig Whitaker contributing author, published August 1996. After the Second World War, many Americans left the city for the suburbs. For [...]

Privatizing the Planning Process2018-10-24T16:00:07-04:00

Jersey City waterfront critiqued in The New Yorker

FBW | August 2004 The new Goldman Sachs tower on the Jersey City waterfront designed by Cesar Pelli caught the attention of architecture critic Paul Goldberger. In a July 30, 2004 The New Yorker article, Goldberger writes that this building, "is New Jersey's tallest skyscraper, and, with its graceful profile and elegant glass facade, [...]

Jersey City waterfront critiqued in The New Yorker2019-08-27T18:11:12-04:00