I’d first like to take a look at one of the walking paths in Edgewater, NJ. This is an open public walking space along the Hudson River, a popular location for views of Manhattan. This is an ideal urban space where those in the community can gather because of the open green space, docks, and benches for folks to hang out on. There are also brand new shops along the path, as well as restaurants and bars. Common residential buildings in this area are condos, apartments, and townhouses which creates a tight knit community with less urban sprawl than most suburbs.
Moving forward, another Northern NJ location that provides communities a central shopping place with restaurants, shops, and other community gathering locations: Montclair, NJ. The main strip in Montclair hosts regular festivals, has constant foot traffic, and places for people to sit. The buildings are mixed use and there is large amounts of street parking and parking lots on the outskirts of the strip.
Finally, I’d like to point out a large open park area in bergen county: Saddle River park. The park circumvents several towns in the area and is connected by winding bike/walking paths through various natural scenes. There are several bodies of water throughout the park and it connects to very different communities. This type of space allows for communities to be active and connected through this community space.