2014 Great Places in New Jersey Designees

Congratulations to the 2014 Great Places in New Jersey Designees!

Great Downtowns

Truly the centerpieces in the lives of their communities, New Jersey’s Great Downtowns prosper in spite of strong regional and e-commerce competition.

Downtown Atlantic Highlands

Downtown Atlantic Highlands

Honoring its seafaring heritage, Atlantic Highlands has proven that even a small community (2010 pop. = 4,385) can create a great downtown with a distinctive local flavor. Good connections to walking and hiking trails are a bonus.


Downtown Haddonfield
Downtown Haddonfield

An effective model for municipalities looking to attract and retain businesses, Haddonfield’s creative use of its Business Improvement District has enabled its downtown to become a high quality shopping and dining destination.


Downtown Hammonton
Downtown Hammonton

Hammonton’s influx of new businesses during the economic downturn underscores the necessary roles that meaningful partnerships and tenacity play in any downtown revitalization. An arts district draws out-of-town visitors.


Downtown Summit
Downtown Summit

The City’s Special Improvement District has effectively organized businesses and property owners through Summit Downtown Management, Inc. and positioned the downtown as an attractive retail destination.


Great Public Spaces 

These Great Public Spaces reside in communities that understood the opportunity presented by an underutilized place and reimagined it into something wonderful.

Camden Waterfront

Camden Waterfront, Camden City

A former industrial center, the Camden Waterfront has become a fantastic waterfront destination that abounds with opportunities to enjoy open space, music, art, history, theater, dining, shopping and events.


Hawk Rise Sanctuary, Linden City

The greater part of Hawk Rise Sanctuary sits on the site of a former landfill, remediated so that it now provides environmental benefits while addressing human needs for open space.


Millitary Park
Military Park, Newark City

Military Park was a worn out, wasted space in Newark’s downtown district that now functions as its “outdoor living room.” Non-governmental sources are expected to cover ongoing costs.


A special thanks to the 2014 Great Places in New Jersey judges:

Jef Buehler
State Coordinator, Main Street New Jersey & Improvement District Programs 

Ben Hitchings, AICP
President, APA-North Carolina Chapter
Planning Director, Town of Morrisville, NC

David Heller, AICP/PP
APA-NJ Southern Shore Representative
Team Leader, Regional & Systems Planning, South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization

James W. Hughes
Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Courtenay Mercer, AICP/PP
APA Board Director, Region I
Director, New Jersey, Regional Plan Association

Peter A. Primavera
Executive Director, Downtown New Jersey
Managing Partner, Peter Primavera Partners, LLC

Linda E. Wills, AICP/PP
Chair, Great Places in New Jersey
Community Planner and Public Policy Analyst