One of the 2013 GSD Community Service Fellows spent her summer with Damon Rich (LF 2007) at the Newark riverfront. Kate Anderson (MUP 2014) worked at the Department of Economic and Housing Development under Rich, who as the planning director and chief urban designer helped shape the creation of Newark’s new Riverfront Park. The opening of the park this summer represented a major victory in that city’s quest to reclaim the polluted Passaic River for the public realm.
Anderson developed educational materials on the park for local schools and visitors. She also performed public outreach for the August 3 opening celebration.
"It was great to see the successful completion of an initiative that had taken many years to complete, and to see the level of cooperation and persistent advocacy and patience that is necessary to move something forward,” said Anderson. She also appreciated living in Newark for the summer, and experiencing the conditions that her work sought to address.
Read more about the Community Service Fellowships.