2012 Great Places in New Jersey Designees

Launched this year, Great Places in New Jersey recognizes unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces – three essential components of great communities. These places represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historic interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.

Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live. They are enjoyable, safe and desirable, places where people want to live, work and visit every day. New Jersey’s great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community activity.

In the News:

2012 Great Places in New Jersey

Great Neighborhoods

  • Downtown Bordentown, Bordentown City, Burlington County 
  • Downtown Frenchtown, Frenchtown Borough, Hunterdon County 
  • Pier Village, Long Branch City, Monmouth County 

Great Public Spaces

  • Grove Street Plaza, Jersey City, Hudson County 
  • Waverly & Lincoln Places, Madison Borough, Morris County 
  • Historic Perth Amboy Waterfront, Perth Amboy City, Middlesex County 

Great Streets

  • Broad Street, Hopewell Borough, Mercer County 
  • Church Street, Montclair City, Essex County 


A special thanks to the Great Places in New Jersey judges:

  • Jef Buehler, State Coordinator, Main Street New Jersey & Improvement District Programs 
  • Dan Kennedy, AICP/PP, Deputy Director, NJ Office for Planning Advocacy 
  • Charles Latini, Jr., AICP/PP, APA-NJ Chapter President and Principal, LGH Planning LLC
  • Debbie Lawlor, FAICP/PP, Region I Commissioner, American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Tony Nelessen, M. ArchUD, PP, CNU, Associate Professor, Rutgers 
  • Michael Sullivan, AICP/PP, APA-NJ Urban Design Committee 
  • Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Director, Arts Build Communities, Rutgers 
  • Linda Wills, AICP/PP, LEED Green Associate, Great Places Committee Chair

APA-NJ Great Places Committee:

  • Linda Wills, AICP/PP, Chair
  • Bonnie Flynn, AICP/PP, Chapter Secretary
  • Charles Latini, Jr., AICP/PP, Chapter President

Committee support: Sheena Collum, APA-NJ Executive Director & Grant Hall, Intern, Ramapo College