My Wildflower Garden – Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ August 3, 2019/ placemaking/ 0 comments

In 2019, I sought to reclaim a plot of land beside our house, and make it friendly for pollinators and birds. A few store bought plants were placed. The remaining sections were planted with a mixture of wildflower seed and bird seed. In the weeks that followed the garden filled in – both in surprising and unexpected ways. May 29

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Downtown – Hammonton, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ July 29, 2019/ downtown/ 0 comments

We were invited to Hammonton, New Jersey, to participate in a press conference by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs on recently awarded Main Street New Jersey Transformation Grants. While there we discovered a downtown that was experiencing a resurgence driven by entertainment and the arts, with a cluster of complementary businesses. The Eagle Theatre was the catalyst for

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City Kitchen – New York City, New York

Isaac Kremer/ July 25, 2019/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

City Kitchen is just off Broadway on an upper floor and part of a growing Food Hall movement. Several businesses share a large space rather than the high cost of owning independent buildings or storefronts. The effect is with more offerings people will go out of their way to visit the Food Hall knowing greater choice is possible. Added synergies

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Aleworks – Williamsburg, Virginia

Isaac Kremer/ July 2, 2019/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

We found this brewery in what was formerly a storefront at an outlet center with over 100 stores. Changing patterns in retail and consumer tastes and preferences prefigured the location of a store like this here. We noted how many elements traditional to a beer garden or beer hall were incorporated to this indoor setting, giving it some unique character

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The Porch – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Isaac Kremer/ June 23, 2019/ placemaking, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

The 30th Street Station in Philadelphia became a place for some excitin innovation in November 2011. This is when a drive for vehicle pick-up and drop-off was converted to a people-friendly plaza. This was achieved through the addition of food trucks, a beer garden, plantings, and plenty of space for people to spread out.

Transformation Strategies Yield Results for Downtown Metuchen

Isaac Kremer/ June 15, 2019/ Main Street/ 0 comments

MDA Downtown Loves Dads, June 15, 2019. Photo Credit: Lauren Beischer Photography By Isaac D. Kremer, Executive Director, Metuchen Downtown Alliance Isaac Kremer serves as Executive Director of the Metuchen Downtown Alliance, which administers the local Main Street Program in Metuchen, NJ. He has worked with Main Street and historic preservation organizations in Michigan, New York, Texas, Kentucky, and New

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