For decades, Isles has worked to find innovative and creative ways to support and revitalize neighborhoods in and around Trenton. Even amidst COVID—in fact, in spite of it—we have created ways to partner with our neighbors and colleagues to create safe, healthy, and attractive environments with residents and stakeholders.
One small example, highlighted below, are "parklets," or temporary dining and social gathering areas in parking spots. Through the generous support of a private donor, and in partnership with Trenton Downtown Association and the City of Trenton, we built and installed eight parklets and sidewalk dining installations, providing COVID-safe gathering spots for patrons of local businesses. Parklets represent one way our COVID response continues to adapt to changing circumstances, while continuing to support Isles’ mission to create healthy communities.
Trenton offers historical and cultural riches, and we look for ways to highlight these assets in revitalization efforts. Over the summer, my colleague Chris Shimchick spearheaded a collaborative effort with the Trenton Free Public Library’s Trentoniana archive and five artists to tell the story of now gone buildings in downtown, helping to create a shared sense of place in our neighborhoods. Learn more about this project below.
Our neighborhood revitalization efforts continue in many other ways—a collaboratively-developed new neighborhood revitalization plan for downtown
, supporting a neighborhood revitalization plan in North Trenton/Battle Monument
, outreach and engagement for the City’s newly released Land Development Ordinance
, stabilizing and securing additional resources for the Carver Center and the Higbee School
, and updating a neighborhood conditions report. We look forward to keeping you updated on these projects as they progress.
Managing Director, Community Services