The State We’re In: Messing with success in the Meadowlands

Warren Reporter
on March 01, 2015

By Michele S. Byers
Executive Director
New Jersey Conservation Foundation

The transformation of the Hackensack Meadowlands over the past 45 years – from a polluted dumping ground and butt of countless jokes to a birdwatcher’s paradise, eco-tourism destination and top-flight sports complex – is a Jersey miracle.

It didn’t happen by chance. It was planned. A regional planning commission was established in 1969 to oversee land use in the 30-square-mile Meadowlands area of Hudson and Bergen counties.

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