A few snippets as I clear my head from mind fog (and a crushing defeat).
I've decided to finally recoup myself and get hard to work on that searchable Plainfield Zoning Map. That will be my next project as I continue to dabble with the Greenhouse Farms project and focus on launching Downtown Plainfield Alliance and Plainfield Permits. The searchable zoning map will be the first of its kind in Plainfield and will take the guess work out of finding the zone a property is in. I'm excited that this can be further developed as Google develops their MapMaker tools.
Greenhouse Farms is a continuation of an unfinished project from years ago at the tail end of college that I worked on with two friends. I decided to retrofit what we came up with back then onto this platform in hopes that it can mobilize and move minds (and investors :D) in order to raise awareness.
Newark is simply...well, on fire. No not literally, but it is moving. If you haven't been to Downtown Newark in the past 6 months then you're seriously behind the times. They're where Jersey City was about 10-15 years ago in the Downtown area, University area and the Ironbound (basically anywhere near a train). Now, unsurprisingly, they want to turn things up a notch with their newest redevelopment project: Mulberry Commons.
Think of it like Newark's miniature version of the High Line in New York, complete with residential, commercial, a 3-acre park and a pedestrian foot bridge connecting the Ironbound (and Penn Station) with the Prudential Center. The park, to be bordered by Mulberry Street and Edison Place, is the first phase of the project and is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2018.
Even more-so, Newark surprised us last month with a commercial aimed at seeking Chinese investors to help in turning the city around. Two words: Smart. Move. It's about time we see out-of-the-box solutions to solve longstanding issues. If old revenue sources (including tax ratables and collections) have reduced and dried up, then find new revenue sources. But what's more interesting, is what will happen once a new investor enters the room. The relationship and monopoly on power that the State has on Newark will be changed as less fiscal control (read: less covering Newark's losses) will be going on.
I'm very honored to be a part of the City of Plainfield's Mural Arts Committee and be a part of the city's plans to beautify the Downtown with murals. Locals may have seen the completed boxes around town. A total of 9 boxes have been completed. I've received so much positive feedback on the boxes so far and wish to expand this program and compliment it in any way I can. Check out some of my favorites:
Three of the four artists that we worked with are from Plainfield, so it's particularly fulfilling to support the local art community. Many do not know Plainfield has a local art community at all, but it's there --it just needs encouragement. Glad we're all able to come together to do something cool (and FUN!) for the community.