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Panel votes to save Sears Building from Campbell's Soup Plans

Friday, June 22, 2007

By ALAN GUENTHER
Courier-Post Staff

TRENTON
Historic Sites Council member Marilou Ehrler pleaded with Campbell's executives..."Please don't move out of Camden."

By a 5-1 vote, the state Historic Sites Council on Thursday recommended that Campbell be denied permission to take down the Sears Building.The council's vote was only advisory and can be overturned by Lisa Jackson, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection. Jackson is a member of Gov. Jon S. Corzine's Cabinet. Corzine is a strong supporter of Campbell's application to tear down the dilapidated Sears Building to make way for a new world headquarters and office park.

Norquist in Toronto: Tear Down the Gardiner

John Norquist promotes a bolder vision for Toronto through a reexamination of their waterfront freeway.

'Tear down the Gardiner'

By ROB GRANATSTEIN

The man who spearheaded tearing down Milwaukee's elevated waterfront expressway came to Toronto with his wrecking ball this week.

NY TIMES, SUNDAY, JUNE 17: We would urge Campbell's to think again before risking its reputation for good citizenship...

NY TIMES,N.Y./Region

Campbell Soup Company has been a mainstay in Camden, a southern New Jersey city that has long since fallen on hard times. We would urge Campbell to think again before risking its reputation for good citizenship and to explore other courses of action. One alternative would be to draw on the talent of noted architects and preservationists to work this historically significant building into its overall development plans. Read...

Congestion Charge for Downtown Chicago?

For those of us who want to promote public transportation and put more money into public transit I wouldn't have picked this headline but it did make the front page and seems to be sparking a great debate. The Sun Times front headline in huge letters proclaims

Driving is taking its toll in the Chicago region

Ironically at the start of Bike to Work Week here in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune leads it's front page with a story

"The pay's fine, but how's the drive?" showing how people are reconsidering their quality of life in favor of shorter commutes, and choosing less costly commutes close to home.

Campbell's Soup Project is Part of Larger "Gateway Neighborhood" Planned Redevelopment

Campbells Soup ignores two major commuter rail lines bordering its re-development zone, prefering to cater to cars instead. Excludes new residential near Campbell's campus.

http://www.ci.camden.nj.us/departments/GATEWAYRED%20PLAN.pdf

Paving history for parking. For nearly two centuries, the buildings stood until they were mistakenly torn down .

Phila. Inquirer By Inga Saffron
Inquirer Architecture Critic

Paving history for parking
For nearly two centuries, the buildings stood as sentinels at Front and Chestnuts streets until they were mistakenly torn down by bulldozers to make way for a parking lot. The matter is under investigation.

Ask CNU: What's the Transect?

Today in Ask CNU, Matt from Dayton asks: "I'm doing research on urban tier classifications for an upcoming regional plan. Where can I find out more about The Transect?"

The Urban-to-Rural Transect is a tool for understanding and planning urban development devised by Duany Plater-Zyberk (DPZ). Its marvelous simplicity and intuitiveness make it a good framework for devising plans and codes.

Trailer for "Sprawling from Grace, Driven to Madness"

Check out the trailer for a new feature-length documentary film from EMotion Pictures. The film explores the negative impact of sprawl on the nation’s largest cities and the promise of transit-oriented development as an alternative. It includes conversations with Peter Calthorpe, Shelley Poticha, and Dena Belzer among others.

June 5, NY Times, Camden, N.J. Campbell Soup Co. Says It May Go if Sears Building Stays

By KAREEM FAHIM NY Times
Published: June 5, 2007
Now, amid an effort to revive a city mired in a crippling cycle of crime and unemployment, the Campbell Soup Company, Camden’s longtime and most prominent corporate resident, has proposed expanding its presence and transforming the area where the empty store sits into an office park.