CNU XV: Camden board OKs razing of Sears Building, Lays $72 million on the table to develop area; state adds $22 millionSubmitted by Michael McAteer on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 10:57pm
In a marathon planning board meeting that ended after 1:30 a.m., New Urbanist Planning Board Member Kristine Seitz was thrown under the bus by fellow New Urbanists, who, as Yogi Berra would say, "failed to show up in droves." In the most important planning board meeting in over 100 years in Camden, NJ, planning board member Kristine Seitz met with incomprehensible stares and silence as she made case to Campbells architects and legal team to redesign massive single use office campus into mixed used and integrate it into city form and fabric. Campbells project, a sea of parking spaces between glass and steel boxes is to be "Gateway to City." ( Site is 15 minutes by subway from Loews, CNU XV. $94 million awaits New Urbanist developer who can influence Campbells before plan is put before Camden City Council for final approval.)
At one of the NextGen small group sessions, I heard a wonderful phrase describing what's going on in Philadelphia and some other cities: "BosTroit"- like Boston downtown (i.e.
Just finished seeing most of the morning presentations at CNU Nextgen (by Russell Preston and Faith Cable).
I walked from South Philly to the Lowes, and the one noise that really grabbed me was: the birds.
A few hours ago, I got off the plane and took the 37 bus to South Philadelphia (where I am visiting a friend for my first couple of days here).
The PSFS building is Loews Hotel. Bring your binoculars to the 33rd floor!
CNU Members: After an hour of visiting Camden's NU opportunities, refresh at the new Victors Pub in the luxury Victor Lofts on the waterfront.
The morning schedule for NextGen4 begins like so:
Become A New Urbanist Star in Camden, New Jersey