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CEO's Take on Suburban Downtowns

Thursday, June 11, 2015 3:33 PM | Beanne DeGuzman (Administrator)
I love it when trends come our way.  In October, Dr. Phil Dolce of the Bergen Community College Suburban Studies Group challenged the Bergen LEADS Class of 2015 to create a conversation on Revitalizing and Reimaging the Suburban Downtown.  The Class will present the results of their research, interviews, thoughts and debates at the Public Forum on June 9th. The Bergen LEADS Public Forum always challenges my thinking and inspires me to think in new ways about the role we can each play in creating a better Bergen County.  And it never fails that the Class is exploring some cutting edge issue that has both local and national implications.

So imagine my delight and curiosity when I saw that James Fallows of The Atlantic Magazine is writing about downtowns and whether or not they happen by accident.(http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/04/on-the-making-of-downtowns-from-fresno-to-seattle-to-shanghai/390873/

Brian Lehrer of WNYC picked up the thread with a call in on What Makes Your Downtown Great (no Manhattanites allowed).  http://www.wnyc.org/story/what-makes-your-downtown-great/

So Bergen County, what makes your downtown great? Do great downtowns happen by accident or are they planned? What is the future of Suburban Downtowns?

One thing we know, whatever the future of suburban downtowns it will be invented in Bergen County.

Check out the national discussion James Fallows is generating and then join us for the Bergen LEADS Class of 2015 Public Forum on Tuesday June 9th, 2:30-4:30 at the Ciccione Theater of Bergen Community College.

 Lynne Algrant, CEO, Volunteer Center of Bergen County

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