SENATOR GORDON'S LETTER
Like many of you, we received a letter from State Senator Bob Gordon over this weekend concerning his proposed legislation that would restructure The Radburn Association.
We have obtained a copy of the proposed bill which we have posted here. Of course, we want to speak with Senator Gordon about this bill. (His staff says that he will not be able to meet with us until September.)
This legislation would fundamentally alter our community and we want to keep all residents informed. Please take the time to read through the provisions of this proposed legislation.
RADBURN - A PLANNED COMMUNITY
Radburn, a planned community, was started in 1929 by the City Housing Corporation from the plans developed by Clarence Stein and Henry Wright. The concept of the "new town" grew out of the older planned communities in Europe and the work of Ebenezer Howard and Patrick Geddes. The intent was to build a community which made provisions for the complexities of modern life, while still providing the amenities of open space, community service and economic viability.
The community was intended to be a self-sufficient entity, with residential, commercial and industrial areas each supplementing the needs of others. All property within the boundaries of the Radburn Association is governed by The Declaration of Restrictions which runs with the land.
In 1974, the Radburn Association site was included in the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey State Register. In 2005, Radburn was designated a National Historic Landmark.
The residential areas include every type of housing unit with a wide range of cost. The basic layout of the community introduced the "super-block" concept, cul-de-sac (cluster) grouping, interior parklands, and separation of vehicular and pedestrian traffic to promote safety. Every home was planned with access to park walks.
There are extensive recreation programs planned for the entire community. While the orientation is primarily toward children, there is also a full range of adult activities. Some of the programs are: Tot Lot, Radburn Pre-school, sports, aerobics, amateur dramatics, library, clubroom facilities.
Radburn - A Planned Comminity