How Smart Has Smart Growth Been?

Smart Growth refers to urban design and transportation planning agendas which its adherents believe create vibrant, high density urban centers with an ever decreasing dependency on the automobile. Smart Growth is promoted as a panacea for an increasingly wide range of urban and social challenges, with its agenda now permeating many of the planning departments […]

Legal Review – New Jersey Supreme Court Decides No Statute of Limitations Applicable to Spill Act Contribution Claims

In 2013, a New Jersey appellate court temporarily ended the long standing debate of whether a statute of limitations applies to contribution claims brought under the State of New Jersey law which governs liability for the cleanup of environmental contamination, the New Jersey Spill Compensation & Control Act (the “Spill Act”). In Morristown Associates v. […]

Resource Review – Making a Living, Making a Life

Making a Living, Making a Life  By Daniel Rose, CRE (©2014, Half Moon Press, 366 pages) Daniel Rose, CRE, has had an extraordinary business career including developing Pentagon City in Washington, D.C., and One Financial Center in Boston. He developed Manhattan Plaza for the Performing Arts in New York City. He is not only an icon […]

Resource Review – Placemaking: Innovations in New Communities

Placemaking: Innovations in New Communities by Mahlon ‘Sandy’ Apgar IV, (ULI, 2014), 35pp, with Appendix Mahlon ‘Sandy’ Apgar IV, CRE, joins a continuing discussion on the effort to create healthier, sustainable living environments that enhance the social and economic well-being of those who reside within them. The literature has been fairly extensive, particularly over the […]

Resource Review – Capital in the 21st Century

by Thomas Piketty (© 2014, Harvard University Press, 696 pages) REVIEWED BY MAHLON APGAR IV, CRE, FRICS By the time readers have read this, Capital in the 21st Century will have become its publisher’s most popular title ever. Author Thomas Piketty already has emerged from relative obscurity in the French Academy to become an international […]

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