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Lonely Last Days in the Suburban Office Park

“It was absolutely shocking to many people that you would take an office building and knock it down, like we used to knock down factories,” said James W. Hughes, a professor at Rutgers. “Now it’s routine.” But in many places, that idea is still settling in. It will...

COVID-19 is giving many New Jersey suburbs a big boost

Most sectors of the commercial real estate market in New Jersey have been badly hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s not the case with residential real estate. It turns out home sales in many parts of the Garden State are doing great. According to Rutgers...

Have Office Parks Become Obsolete?

The same demographic trends threatening New Jersey’s malls have left the state with dozens of abandoned office parks—sometimes referred to as “gray fields”—and countless vacancies in suburban office buildings. Lately, however, technology has changed the workplace...

Fleeing suburbia — How NJ towns are trying to attract millennials

Millennials are attracted to the live-work-play environment, explains James Hughes, Rutgers University professor and an expert in New Jersey economics and demographics. Some towns may never be able to provide the lifestyle this cohort needs, but others have unique...

Monmouth Mall's new look

The center included 14 buildings, 50 stores and 600,000-square feet of retail space and was anchored by Bamberger's, the center's biggest retailer when it opened. "Back then suburbanization was in full tilt and malls were automobile-centric with a retail format. If...

Jersey City unemployment rate hits 25-year low

The city says there are 7,000 units under construction now and another 19,000 approved. James W. Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, cited the city's booming residential construction sector as one of the...

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