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Lincoln, Waverly Honored as a Top NJ Public Space

The New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association has released its first list of 'Great Places' in the state, and downtown Madison is on it.

The New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association has released its first list of "Great Places in New Jersey," and downtown Madison is on it.

Waverly and Lincoln Place of downtown Madison is on the list of three top public spaces, along with Grove Street Plaza in Jersey City and the Historic Perth Amboy Waterfront.

One of the judges, Linda E. Willis, said in a news release, “Waverly and Lincoln Places are designed to balance the competing needs of motor vehicle drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, all drawn by the bustling stores, restaurants, and entertainment."

APA-NJ President Charles Latini Jr. said, “The success of Waverly and Lincoln Places offers valuable insights for local officials and residents looking to revitalize their communities. Since 1980, the Borough of Madison has consistently applied the planning standards and tools necessary to create a vibrant downtown economy.”

Mayor Bob Conley credited the Downtown Development Commission with taking the lead in marketing and maintaining Madison's downtown.

“The DDC’s public/private partnership guarantees a hearty debate of the issues and channels the spirit of the community into this flourishing hub of bustling commercial storefronts, entertainment venues, and restaurants with upper level residences," he said.

The 2012 Great Places in New Jersey designees, listed below, are not ranked:

2012 Great Neighborhoods

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

2012 Great Streets

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

2012 Great Public Spaces

  • Grove Street Plaza in Jersey City, Hudson County
  • Waverly & Lincoln Places in Madison Borough, Morris County
  • Historic Perth Amboy Waterfront in Perth Amboy City, Middlesex County
Maureen McLaughlin Byrne September 26, 2012 at 02:58 PM
It took a long time, and a lot of work from a lot of people, but Madison has a "Gateway" it can be proud of. It's nice to be recognized, but there is still work to be done to continue to attract consumers and businesses to the downtown Madison area. We need to spend some time looking at the other gateways - Park Avenue and the East End - to continue updating and improving Madison's image.
DidUReallyJustSayThat September 26, 2012 at 03:35 PM
It would have also been nice if the mayor had acknowledged Dr. Esposito's strong advocacy for the work done two years ago to upgrade Lincoln Pl. over the objections of the typical naysayers. As the Gateway to Madison for many arriving by train, and one of the key downtown streetscapes, it was great that a Republican mayor & council under Doc's leadership, finally "promoted" Lincoln Pl. to the same level as Waverly and Main. Some talk about the importance of promoting or maintaining a "vibrant" downtown, but others actually make it happen.
jerry stevenson September 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Doc Esposito was indeed a key driver on updating Lincoln Place as was Jim Burnet who cobbled together the resources to bring the project in well below estimated cost. Project for Public Spaces put together the original plans for Waverly Place and Main Street back in 1980 and were brought back in for the Lincoln Place rejevenation. In 1980 Madison was one of PPS's first accounts and the results were so successful in updating an aging downdown that hundreds of towns visited over the last 25 years to view the results. Underground utilitities,pavers, lighting, trees and street furniture were all part of the mix.
madddogg September 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Are we talking about the same "DR". Espostio who was charged with selling pills by the DEA??
madddogg September 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Is this the same "DOC" Esposito who was charged with seling drugs by the DEA?

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