Planning/Design

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)2019-09-10T22:12:02+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00