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The Future of Art & Artists in Jersey City

17th July 2017

With input from Fordham Press author David J. Goodwin, Jersey Digs discusses the future of art and artists in Jersey City. 

“David Goodwin, an urbanist and writer, recently contributed an article to Strong Towns about the scary state of the arts in Jersey City, sparked by an open letter from Jersey City artists and arts professionals to Jersey City officials published in The Jersey Journal on May 17th.”

Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street, by David J. Goodwin, published by Fordham University Press

“Without some serious city support, without securing “both physical spaces and a seat at the political table, another opportunity might not present itself,” wrote Mr. Goodwin. Jersey City’s pace of development, growing population, and rising prices put the once thriving arts scene at a tipping point. “Jersey City might develop into another repository of capital and wealth utterly devoid of living art and culture.” And how did we get here? The article pointed to comments on the letter which elaborated on two significant events in the city’s arts timeline.”

Read the full article here.


Educated at St. Bonaventure, Drexel, and Fordham universities, David J. Goodwin works by day as a librarian at Fordham University School of Law. He is a past commissioner and chairman of the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Jersey City Landmarks.

Goodwin’s book, Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street is forthcoming from Fordham Press, and will be available in October 2017.