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Why start from scratch when Mother Nature has already gone to work on Liberty State Park interior?

An opinion piece by Frank Gallagher, Claus Holzapfel and Jennifer Krumins published on

Posted in: Biology, In The Media, Research

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A Statue of Liberty mural by artist Mustart decorates a tank just outside the contaminated "interior" of Liberty State Park in Jersey City on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal)

Liberty State Park is a globally visible, prime example of how a post-industrial landscape can be converted to open space. After approximately 50 years of development all of the major elements will be in place with restoration of the park’s interior section. This restoration has the opportunity to articulate in a concrete way the importance of urban ecology while honoring the site’s historic legacy.

This unique site can accomplish both, if planned for accordingly. The people of Jersey City and their long struggle to protect the park deserve such a plan.

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