Jim Constantine Named Chair of Northern NJ Creative Placemaking Committee; Speaking at National Conference at Drew University
Jim Constantine, PP, Principal at Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK), a nationally-recognized full-service architectural, planning and interior design firm, has been named by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Northern New Jersey District Council as Chair of its new Creative Placemaking Committee. “This is an exciting opportunity to use arts and cultural activities to activate neighborhoods and districts. Creative placemaking can be part of the revitalization strategy for many municipalities in New Jersey,” said Constantine. “I’m particularly excited to serve as liaison to the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking which is partnering with ULI to conduct several national programs this year around the themes of arts and health, sports and the arts, gentrification and how to fund creative placemaking.”
For the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit to be held May 3-4 at Drew University in Madison (cplsummit.org/northeast), which will engage more than 700 community leaders, public officials and organizational decisionmakers, Constantine will speak on a panel on “Teaming Up to Support Sports and Arts in Local Budgets,” with Leonardo Vazquez of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking; and Constantine will lead a mobile workshop on “How Can Arts Help Revitalize Historic Hinchliffe Stadium.” The now-closed Paterson stadium was built during the Great Depression for the New York Black Yankees, is one of only three remaining ballparks from the Jim Crow era, and is undergoing the first phase of restoration with a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service. This mobile workshop will explore creative placemaking strategies, ranging from murals to markets, that can leverage the current facade restoration project to help synergize revitalization of the adjacent neighborhood. For the mobile workshop, Constantine will be joined by Juan Ayala, an architect/urban designer who is Assistant Professor of Practice at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
As Principal in LRK’s Princeton and Philadelphia offices and a longtime ULI member, Constantine has expertise in urban design, master planning, historic preservation, community relations, qualitative research and smart growth. He has worked as a licensed professional planner in more than 30 states, Canada and Latin America. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and a Princeton resident.