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Burlington Abuzz: A South Jersey Town’s Renaissance

What is different this time? Most people in town say it’s Jim Kennedy, a well-connected redevelopment expert the city hired two years ago. “He has the political know-how and charm and honesty to bring it all together and present it in a way that the city understands... >> READ ARTICLE

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Municipal Spotlight: The Resurgence of Rahway.

Once the site of a thriving retail corridor centered around the train station, the working class downtown area of Rahway, New Jersey had deteriorated since the 1970s due to increased suburban competition in Union County. In recent years...>> READ ARTICLE

State of the arts

PBS video clip on the Rahway revival story.

Rahway, NJ, just 12 miles from Manhattan, was a post-industrial town on the decline 20 years ago. See how the arts have helped spur redevelopment and turned the city into a cool place to live and visit.

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Rahway, a place for artists to call home, Suburban News, May 16, 2013.

Growing number of artists and arts-based businesses relocate to Rahway Arts District. The availability of studios for visual artists is on the rise in Rahway Arts District. As building owners and organizations renovate spaces to accommodate. Rahway’s downtown scene is an easy... >> READ ARTICLE

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National Arts Endowment chairman to take part in Rahway event, Star Ledger, Sept. 19, 2012.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman is scheduled to visit Rahway on Oct. 10 for a series of public events hosted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Rahway recently won a prestigious NEA... >> READ ARTICLE

Hamilton Stage

Rahway Adds to Its Resume as Hub for the Arts, NJ Monthly, July 16, 2012

The arts have been central to Rahway's revitalization plans, and the new Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts is the newest addition to the city's performing arts scene. In its heyday, the city of Rahway manufactured everything from carriages to chemicals. But after World... >> READ ARTICLE

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After big investment into arts, Rahway finally poised to see it pay off, Star Ledger, May 6, 2012.

Finally, the artists are coming to the Rahway Arts District. The gritty former manufacturing town has placed a hefty bet on the arts, and that gamble may be about to pay off. After a 10-year effort that includes upgrades... >> READ ARTICLE

Bound Brook

Bound Brook looks to revitalize downtown with 240-unit luxury apartment complex.

For those who have dismissed Bound Brook as a flood-prone municipality with limited economic potential, Mayor Carey Pilato says they just don’t know his town. Now he doesn’t need to say anything. Pilato can just direct their attention to the changing view along Main Street... >> READ ARTICLE

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Haiti Water Report by James J. Kennedy.

My interest in water began when the City of Rahway entered a Public/Private Partnership [PPP] with United Water. Over the 20 years that I have served as mayor, certainly one of the most important issues that I had to deal with was the PPP contract with United Water and the city's water utility. Our partnership saved the city millions of dollars as it.... >> READ ARTICLE

Mayor Jim Kennedy

Transit-Friendly Development: Q & A with Rahway’s Mayor James Kennedy.

At the occasion of Mayor James Kennedy’s final term of office, we had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about Rahway’s efforts to redevelop through transit-oriented development... >> READ ARTICLE