Is "Growth" Always Good?

Participants at the recent CivicStory forum. “Ecology & Economy: Resolving Our Climate Crisis,” question a basic assumption of economics that “growth” is good. Panelist Michael Taylor, environmental economist at Seton Hall University, explains that the environmental costs of an ever-expanding marketplace have been “externalized” and overlooked, and proposes ways to correct these omissions.

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How to Improve News? Audiences Have a Role.

News readers be wary, advises a panel of journalists at CivicStory’s Nov. 22 “News & Democracy” public forum in Summit.  “We all need to be vigilant about where we’re getting the news from," says Paula Saha, Director of Communications for the New Jersey State Bar Association, in the third of a series of excerpts from that forum. 

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News Leaders Call 'Climate' Top Issue

At the recent CivicStory forum on “News & Democracy”, the panel of multimedia journalists were in clear agreement on the single most important news story of the next five years, and that is: climate change. In the first of a series of three video excerpts from that forum, we hear the panelists’ recommendations on how to tackle that complex and nuanced story.

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EXPRESS NEWARK Blends Arts & University at Heart of City

One of the shining examples of renewal in Newark is “Express Newark”, the mixed-use cultural “incubator” and creative space that dominates one corner of the recently renovated historic Hahne building in the heart of downtown. Express Newark aims to promote positive transformation through arts and creative exploration. Co-director Victor Davson calls it a “collaboratory” between Rutgers University and the Newark community.

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Reviving the Newark Riverfront

New Jersey citizens are redefining their relationship to waterfronts. Rivers that once powered an industrial revolution are now seen as environmental and recreational assets - but must first be cleaned of the heavy industrial wastes that were the price of “progress”. Take, for example, the Passaic River that borders Newark’s Ironbound district.

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