To-morrow in America. In 1898, the English town planner, Ebenezer Howard, published an illustrated book whose vision would shape suburban land use patterns in the West for generations. This paper briefly examines the impact of To-morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform, and its influence on American land use. Topics include Radburn, limited-equity co-ops, and FDR’s Greenbelt towns.
Efficient Land Use for Metropolitan Housing. Traditional town planning principles influenced the development of New York City apartment buildings in the late Victorian period. This paper considers that history, and also how architectural devices like courtyards and alleys were used to bring higher densities to traditionally-scaled neighborhoods in the city, on a lot-by-lot basis.
Halsey Street Commons Redevelopment Plan. This is a draft redevelopment plan for vacant properties at the western edge of downtown Newark, N.J. It was written pursuant to the rules of New Jersey’s L.R.H.L. Conceptually, it seeks to recover qualities of the neighborhood’s historical urban fabric, and to incorporate these into a new stock of housing and commercial space.
Public Use Takings: a Comparison of U.S. and N.J. Approaches. This paper looks at the thorny topic of eminent domain, and examines what sorts of activities constitute legitimate public uses under federal and state law. Cases discussed include Berman, Midkiff, Kelo, and Gallenthin. The paper examines public use takings against the background riddle of federalism in American law.