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Amman (Arabic: عمان‎ /ɑːˈmɑːn/; ʿAmmān; Rabat Ammon) is the capital and largest city of Jordan. It is the country's political, cultural and commercial centre and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The Greater Amman area has a population of 2,842,629 as of 2010.[2] The population of Amman is expected to jump from 2.8 million to almost 6.5 million by 2025 due to constant and rapid immigration. The recent economic growth experienced in Amman is unmatched by any other Arab city except those located in the Gulf.[3] Amman is also the administrative seat of the homonymous governorate. Amman is also ranked a Gamma global city on the World city index.

Amman was named one of the MENA's best cities according to economic, labour, environmental, and socio-cultural factors. Amman is among the most popular locations for multinational corporations to set up their regional offices, alongside Doha and only behind Dubai. Furthermore, it is expected that in the next 10 years these three cities will capture the largest share of multinational corporation activity in the region.[4] It is a major tourist destination in the region and the capital is especially popular among Gulf tourists.[5] Amman is considered one of the richest and most Western-oriented cities in the Middle East.

    

History

 

During its long history, Amman has been inhabited by several civilizations. The first civilization on record is during the Neolithic period, around 10050 BC, when archaeological discoveries in 'Ain Ghazal, located in eastern Amman, showed evidence of not only a settled life but also the growth of artistic work, which suggests that a well-developed civilization inhabited the city at that time.[citation needed]

In the 13th century BC Amman was called Rabbath Ammon or Rabat Amon by the Ammonites. In the Hebrew Bible, it is referred to as Rabbat ʿAmmon (Tiberian Hebrew Rabbaṯ ʿAmmôn). It was later conquered by the Assyrians, followed by the Persians, and then the Macedonians. Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the Macedonian ruler of Egypt, renamed it Philadelphia. The city became part of the Nabataean kingdom until 106 AD when Philadelphia came under Roman control and joined the Decapolis.[citation needed]

Philadelphia became the seat of a bishopric during the beginning of the Byzantine era. One of the churches of this period can be seen on the city's Citadel. Philadelphia was renamed Amman during the Ghassanian era, and flourished under the Caliphates (with nearby capital) of the Umayyads (in Damascus) and the Abbasids (in Baghdad).[citation needed]

It was then destroyed by several earthquakes and natural disasters and remained a small village and a pile of ruins until the Circassians settlement in 1878.[7] The tide changed when the Ottoman Sultan decided to build the Hejaz railway, linking Damascus and Medina, facilitating both the annual hajj pilgrimage and permanent trade, putting Amman, a major station, back on the commercial map.

In 1921, Abdullah I chose Amman instead of As-Salt as seat of government for his newly created state, the Emirate of Transjordan, and later as the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. As there was no palatial building, he started his reign from the station, with his office in a train car. Amman remained a small city until 1949,and 1963, when the population expanded considerably due to an influx of Palestinian refugees from what is now Occupied Territories. Amman has experienced exceptionally rapid development since 2010 under the leadership of two Hashemite Kings, Hussein of Jordan and Abdullah II of Jordan.[citation needed]

In 1970, Amman was the site of major clashes between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Jordanian army. Everything around the Royal Palace sustained heavy damage from shelling. The city's population continues to expand at a rapid pace (fueled by refugees escaping the wartime events in the West Bank and Iraq). The city received refugees from these countries on a number of occasions. The first wave of Palestinian refugees arrived from Palestine in 1948.[citation needed]

A second wave arrived after the Six-Day War in 1967. A third wave of Palestinian and Jordanian and Southeast Asians, working as domestic workers, refugees arrived in Amman from Kuwait after the Gulf War of 1991. The first wave of Iraqi refugees settled in the city after the first Gulf War, with a second wave also arriving after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. During the last 10 years the number of new buildings within the city has increased dramatically with new districts of the city being founded at a very rapid pace (particularly so in West Amman), straining the very scarce water supplies of Jordan as a whole, and exposing Amman to the hazards of rapid expansion in the absence of careful municipal planning.[citation needed]

On November 9, 2005, coordinated explosions rocked three hotels in Amman, resulting in the death of 60 people and the injury of 115 others. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the act, which was carried out despite the fact that the birthplace of since-killed Al Qaeda terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is the town of Zarqa, less than 30 km (19 mi) from Amman. The sheer brutality of the attacks, which targeted, among other things, a wedding party being held at one of the hotels, caused widespread revulsion across the widest range of Jordanians. Large protests and vigils followed in the wake of the attacks.

   

Geography

 

Amman is situated in a hilly area of north-western Jordan. The city was originally built on seven hills, but it now spans over an area of nineteen hills (each known as a Jabal, Tál, Mount or Mountain). The main areas of Amman gain their names from the hills and mountains on whose slopes they lie. The city's elevation changes from mountain to mountain. They range from 740 to 1400 m (2035–3610 feet).

 

Climate

Amman has a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk)[8] with long, hot and dry summers and wet and cool winters with a mediterranean (dry-summer) rainfall pattern. It also has an influence of the continental climate because of its inland location and highland climate because of its high elevation.[citation needed] Amman's location and altitude has a profound effect on its climate.[citation needed] Spring is brief, mild and lasts a little less than a month, from April to May, with rain during the morning and the afternoons. High temperatures are around 14 °C (57 °F) and lows are a little less than 7 °C (45 °F) and several times going near 0 °C (32 °F) causing several freezes.

Amman has moderate summers starting from mid June to mid September. Summer's high temperatures range from 25 °C (77 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F), usually with low humidity and frequent cool breezes. Most summers are rain-free with cloudless skies during the noon period and a brief shower or fog during the night-time. The summer's pleasant temperatures can be disturbed by heatwaves that suddenly raise the city's temperatures to around 35 °C (95 °F) and in some rare but recorded cases to as high as 41 °C (106 °F) such as during the summer of 1999.[citation needed] A much more common weather inconvenience is the sudden drop in temperatures, which occurs during many summer nights accompanied by moderate winds and in many cases fog.[citation needed]

Winter usually starts in late November or early December and continues to late April. Temperatures are usually near or below 0 °C (32 °F), with snow usually falling a few times each year. Due to its high altitude above sea level, winter in Amman is usually one of the coldest in any major city in the Levant or south-east of Europe and the surrounding countries; winters are usually foggy with at least 120 days of heavy fog per year. Sleet is very common, and dew in the dry winter mornings is usually found frozen until 10 am.[citation needed] Snowy winter storms occur several times around the city. Due to the difference in elevation, snow may accumulate in the western parts of Amman (an average altitude of 1200 m above sea level) when at the same time it would be raining in the city centre (776 metre elevation). On average at least one severe snow storm every couple of years will accumulate up to 15 or 20 inches of snow (40 to 50 centimetres) in any given place.

   

Transportation

 

The city's largest airport, Queen Alia International Airport, situated about 30 km (18.64 mi) south of Amman, is the major international airport in Jordan and the hub for Royal Jordanian, the flag carrier. The airport has three terminals, two passenger and one cargo, and in 2010 handled between 5.8 million passengers despite the airport's capacity to only handle 3.5 million visitors. The airport is undergoing expansion, including a new terminal costing $700M, that will allow the airport to handle over 12 million passengers. Amman Civil Airport is a one-terminal airport that serves primarily domestic and nearby international routes and the military.[10]

The recently constructed Abdoun Bridge spans Wadi Abdoun, and connects the 4th Circle to Âbdoun Circle. It is considered one of Amman's many landmarks. It is the first curved suspended bridge to be built.

Currently under construction are dedicated lanes for bus services which will operate as part of the new urban rapid transit network. The Bus Rapid Transit project is expected to be completed by 2012. The BRT service entails premium, high-capacity buses running on exclusive and completely segregated lanes that can carry more than 120 passengers and run on a three-minute frequency during peak hours along Amman’s busiest corridors.[11] The system includes high-quality stations and stops; express buses that can carry more than 120 passengers and will run on a three-minute frequency during peak hours along Amman’s busiest corridors; terminals and park-n-ride facilities, and an integrated fare collection system allowing passengers to pay the fare at stations before embarking on the bus.[12] The BRT is planned to run along three major corridors. The first corridor connects Sweileh with Mahatta via Sport City with major service to the University of Jordan. The second corridor connects Sport City with downtown at Ras El-Ain. The third corridor connects Customs Square with Mahatta.[13]

There are also plans to construct a three-line metro system in Amman. The first phase consists of two lines, the red and green lines, connecting East, Central, and West Amman with an interchange station (linking the two lines) at Amman Plaza with connections to the Northern and Southern suburbs. The second phase consists of the yellow line, connecting North and South Amman with an interchange to the red and green lines at the Abdali and City Hall stations. The project would cost more than half a billion dollars.

There are eight circles, or roundabouts, that span and connect West Amman. However, the city lacks an operable rail or metro system which causes severe congestion, especially in old Amman. To add to the congestion, all the Kingdom's highways pass through Amman, further increasing traffic in the capital.

By land, the city has frequent bus connections to other cities in Jordan, as well as to major cities in neighboring countries; the latter are also served by service taxis. Internal transport is served by a number of bus routes and taxis. Service taxis, which most often operate on fixed routes, are readily available and inexpensive. The two main bus and taxi stations are Abdali (near the King Abdullah Mosque, the Parliament and Palace of Justice) and the newly built Rağadan Central Bus Station (near the Roman Amphitheatre in downtown). The city can suffer from considerable traffic congestion at peak hours, especially during the summer months when affluent holidaymakers from the Persian Gulf region spend the summer in Amman to take advantage of its comparatively mild weather.

    

Economy

 

Amman is aggressively positioning itself as a hub for business, and new projects are continually transforming the city's skyline. Following the 2003 Iraq War, all business dealings with Iraq flow through Amman in some way. Its airport, Queen Alia International Airport, is the hub of the national carrier, Royal Jordanian, which is a major airline in the region.[14] The airline is headquartered in central Amman.[15]

Amman is considered to be a regional leader in the following areas:

-Healthcare: Amman, and Jordan as a whole for that matter, is the Middle East's hub for medical tourism as the kingdom receives the most medical tourists in the region and the 5th highest in the world. Amman receives 250,000 foreign patients a year and receives over $1 billion annually. [16]

-Information Technology: Amman is one of the top 10 cities in the world to launch a tech start-up in 2012 according to a California-based venture capital firm, surpassing traditional regional tech hot-spots like Dubai and Tel Aviv. It is also considered the region's "Silicon Valley".[17] 75% of all Arabic content on the internet originates from Jordan. Rubicon Group Holding and Maktoob, two major regional tech companies, are based in Amman. [18]

-Foreign Investment and Business: In a report by Dunia Frontier Consultants, Amman along with Doha and Dubai are the favored hubs for multinational corporations operating in the Middle East and North Africa region.[4] In FDI magazine, Amman was chosen as the Middle Eastern city with the most potential to be a leader in foreign direct investment in the region, beating Dubai.[19] One of the Middle East's largest banks, Arab Bank, is headquartered in Amman. Also based in Amman is Aramex, the Middle East's largest logistics and transportation company. [20] [21] It is also one of the world's largest logistics and transportation companies in the world alongside DHL, FedEx, and UPS. [22]

-Tourism: Amman is the 8th most visited city by tourists and business travelers in the Middle East and Africa as well as the 9th highest recipient of international visitor spending. 1.8 million tourists visited the Jordanian capital in 2011 and spent over $1.3 billion in the city.[23] If the entire kingdom is taken into account, there were 8 million tourists in 2010 and $ 4.4 billion in visitor expenditure, including medical tourists. [24]

The Greater Amman Municipality's heavy investment in its infrastructure, such as the expansion of Queen Alia International Airport, the construction of a state of the art public transportation system, a national railway, and expansion of road works, will ease the arrival of millions of new visitors and tonnes of cargo through this soon to be regional hub.

West Amman, however, is less densely populated and more scenic. It is also the more prosperous part of Amman, with much of the city's economic activity being centered in West Amman. Most of the city's 5-star and 4-star hotels are located in West Amman. Important districts include Shmeisani and Abdali, the main economic centres of Amman, Abdoun, the up-scale residential district, and Jabal Amman, one of Amman's historic districts.

 

New developments

New projects and proposals in and around the city include:

•The Abdali Downtown project: this new development in the heart of Amman is among the largest projects under construction in the kingdom, and is a mixed-use development consisting of retail, outdoor shopping and restaurants, residential and office buildings. The master plan includes a large public green park, along with an outdoor pedestrian strip. The $5 billion project will contain some of Jordan's tallest buildings and most prominent real estate. Jordan's largest skyscraper Capital Tower, Rotana Hotel-Amman, W Hotel-Amman, Business Heights, and the Abdali Central Market Place, Jordan's soon to be largest mall and shopping center, are located in this mammoth redevelopment.[25] The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2011 or early 2012. The entire project should be completed by 2015.

•The construction of the Jordan Gate Towers near the 6th Circle, which is nearly completed, is being funded by Bahraini and Kuwaiti entrepreneurs. The two identical skyscrapers will house office buildings and a five star hotel.

•Betina City consists of 3 central skyscrapers, a mega-mall, a suspended river, and 3 additional towers.

•Sanaya Amman, two identical 65 floor buildings connected by a pedestrian walkway that will house the world's highest swimming pool. This residential twin tower project is being built in Abdoun by Limitless.

•The Abdoun suspended bridge, which spans Wadi Abdoun. This recently completed project reduces congestion in Wadi Abdoun and creates a new highway link between West and South Amman..

•The St. Regis Amman in the Abdoun area worth about $300 million which will be completed in 2014.[26]

•Multi-billion dollar Wadi Amman Regeneration Project. This project will completely revamp the old downtown and restore it to its previous prominence. It will also revitalise the entire area by attracting affluent Ammanis to settle and shop here.

•Al Andalucia, being constructed near Amman. This project will include over 600 villas, and consists of many facilities such as spas, fitness and health centres, swimming pools, and a recreation area.

•Ähl Al Âzm, a $1 billion city near Queen Alia International Airport, will be built in several phases with a total of about 16,000 residential units and 800 offices. The city will be connected by rail to Amman. The residential city will mostly be inhabited by low and middle income families.

•A massive new Royal Jordanian headquarters.

 

East Amman is the historic city centre. Eastern Amman is more traditional and older than the newer West. Small shops and single family houses are dominant in East Amman's landscape. East Amman is the hub for the capital's historic sites and cultural activities.

West Amman is the current economic city centre, and is the modern, stylish extension of Amman. Malls, shopping centres, expensive hotels, bars and international restaurants are part of West Amman's development.

   

Education

 

In 2010, there were as many as 14 universities in Amman. University of Jordan is the largest university in Amman,[27] Philadelphia University was ranked as the largest private university.

 

•Balqa Applied University – Polytechnic Faculty of Engineering Technology

•Balqa Applied University – Amman University College for Economic and Banking Sciences

•Amman Arab University

•Applied Science Private University

•Middle East University

•Arab Open University

•Arab Academy for Banking & Financial Sciences

•Al-Isra University

•Columbia University: Amman Center

•DePaul University: Amman Center

See Also: List of universities in Jordan

•German-Jordanian University

•Jordan Academy of Music

•New York Institute of Technology, Jordan

•Institute of Banking Studies: Amman Branch

•Princess Sumaya University for Technology

•Petra University

•Queen Noor Civil Aviation Technical College

•Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan

•Al Quds College

•Jordan Academy for Maritime Studies

     

Culture

 

Cuisine

The New York Times praised the cuisine of Amman. “You’ll find the bright vegetables from Lebanon, crunchy falafels from Syria, juicy kebabs from Egypt and, most recently, spicy meat dishes from Jordan’s neighbor, Iraq. It’s known as the food of the Levant — an ancient word for the area bounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian peninsula. But the food here isn’t just the sum of its calories. In this politically, religiously and ethnically fraught corner of the world, it is a symbol of bloodlines and identity.”

  

Sports

 

Amman-based football clubs Al-Wahdat and Al-Faisaly have won the national league championship several times.

The 2007 Asian Championships in Athletics and 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships were held in the city.

Amman hosts the Jordan Rally, which form part of the FIA World Rally Championship, becoming the biggest sporting event ever held in Jordan. Amman also hosts the Sama Tournament which is a part of the Trillium Championship.

   

Media

Most Jordanian newspapers and news stations are situated in Amman. Most Jordanian daily newspapers are published in Amman such as Alghad,[30] Alrai,[31] Ad-Dustour,[32] and the The Jordan Times.[30] In 2010, Alghad newspaper was ranked as 10th most popular newspaper in the Arab World by Forbes Middle-East magazine.[33] Al-Arab Al-Yawm is the only daily pan-Arab newspaper in Jordan.

   

Main sights

 

Much of Amman's tourism is focused in the older downtown area, which is centered around the old souk (a colorful traditional market) and the King Hussein Mosque. The main touristic sites in the city are:

 

•The downtown area (known locally as al-Balad) has been completely dwarfed by the sprawling urban area that surrounds it. Despite the changes, much remains of its old character. Jabal Amman is a known touristic attraction in old Amman, the capital's greatest souks, fine museums, ancient constructions, monuments, and cultural sites are found in Jabal Amman.

•The Citadel hill of Amman, known as Jabal al-Qal'a, is home to the Temple of Hercules which is said to have been constructed under the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius who reigned from 161 to 180 AD, is similar to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. It has been inhabited for centuries, important as a military and religious site. It dates back to Roman and Byzantine times, and later work was carried out in the early Islamic era. Remains unearthed at the northern and eastern ends of the Citadel, possibly date back to the Bronze Age.

•The Roman forum and the Roman theatre — the largest theatre in Jordan — with room for 6,000 spectators. Thought to have been built between 138 and 161 AD by the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, it is constructed into the side of the mountain and is still used for sports displays and cultural events.

The Jordan Archaeological Museum is home to ancient findings from the whole country.

Amman is also home to some of the grandest mosques in the Middle East, although they compare less favorably to the ones to be found in Istanbul, Turkey. The newest of these is the enormous King Abdullah I Mosque, built between 1982 and 1989. It is capped by a magnificent blue mosaic dome beneath which 3,000 Muslims may offer prayer. The most unusual mosque in Amman is the Abu Darweesh Mosque atop Jabal Ashrafieh (the highest point in the city). It is covered with black and white checkered pattern and is unique to Jordan. It is visible from quite some distance. In contrast, the interior is totally free of the black and white scheme. Instead, there are light colored walls and Persian carpets. This religious building was erected by one of Amman's Circassians minority.

   

Tourism and lifestyle

 

Amman is considered to be one of the most "westernized" and cosmopolitan cities in the Arab World. Amman has become one of the most popular destinations for "Western" expats and college students who seek to live, study, or work in the Middle East or the Arab World in general.[34][35] The city's culinary scene has expanded from its shwarma stands and falafel joints to embrace many popular American restaurants and fast-food outlets like McDonald's and T.G.I. Friday's, swank Asian fusion restaurants, French bistros such as La Maison Verte and Italian trattorias. The city has become famous for its sophisticated fine dining scene among Western expats and Persian Gulf tourists.[36]

There are numerous nightclubs and bars across the city especially in West Amman. Modesty in dress for men and women is greatly relaxed and low-cut shirts, tank tops and short skirts are becoming commonplace.[37] Abdoun Circle (not one of the eight) is a major center of the city’s night life where the chicest clubs maintain a strict “couples only” policy, meaning no unescorted men. Sweifieh is considered to be the unofficial red-light district of Amman as it holds most of the city's nightclubs, bars, strip-clubs, massage parlors, and other adult entertainment venues. The night-life scene is known to evolve so quickly that hot spots open and close almost before they can be published in magazines and tourist guide books.[36]

Discothèques, music bars and shisha lounges have sprouted across Amman, changing the city's old image as the conservative capital of the kingdom. Jordan's young population is helping shape this new burgeoning nightlife scene.[38] As well as the wide range of drinking and dancing venues on the social circuit of the city's affluent crowd, Amman has much cultural entertainment to indulge in like the annual Amman Summer Festival and Souk Jara.[39]

Valued at more than US $5 Billion, the Abdali project is planned to create a new visible center for Amman and act as the major business district. The project includes Jordan's new high street and mall, luxury hotels and apartments as well as start-of-the-art offices. The entire project is expected to be finished by 2015.[40]

Amman is a hub for Persian Gulf vacationers who come to take advantage of the mild weather and liberal atmosphere during the summer. The summer of 2009 brought 2.5 million Arab tourists to the Jordanian capital.

 

Large malls were built during the 2000s in Amman, including the Mecca Mall, Abdoun Mall, Amman Mall, City Mall, Plaza Mall, Al Baraka Mall, Istikal Mall, Zara Shopping Center, Sweifieh Avenue Mall, and Mukhtar Mall. Furthermore, two new malls are currently under development: Taj Mall in the affluent neighbourhood Abdoun, and Abdali Mall in Al Abdali. The Wakalat Street (English: "Agencies Street") is Amman's first pedestrian-only street and carries a lot of label name clothes. The Sweifieh area in general is considered to be the main shopping district of Amman.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amman

   

Amman (Arabic: عمان‎ /ɑːˈmɑːn/; ʿAmmān; Rabat Ammon) is the capital and largest city of Jordan. It is the country's political, cultural and commercial centre and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The Greater Amman area has a population of 2,842,629 as of 2010.[2] The population of Amman is expected to jump from 2.8 million to almost 6.5 million by 2025 due to constant and rapid immigration. The recent economic growth experienced in Amman is unmatched by any other Arab city except those located in the Gulf.[3] Amman is also the administrative seat of the homonymous governorate. Amman is also ranked a Gamma global city on the World city index.

Amman was named one of the MENA's best cities according to economic, labour, environmental, and socio-cultural factors. Amman is among the most popular locations for multinational corporations to set up their regional offices, alongside Doha and only behind Dubai. Furthermore, it is expected that in the next 10 years these three cities will capture the largest share of multinational corporation activity in the region.[4] It is a major tourist destination in the region and the capital is especially popular among Gulf tourists.[5] Amman is considered one of the richest and most Western-oriented cities in the Middle East.

    

History

 

During its long history, Amman has been inhabited by several civilizations. The first civilization on record is during the Neolithic period, around 10050 BC, when archaeological discoveries in 'Ain Ghazal, located in eastern Amman, showed evidence of not only a settled life but also the growth of artistic work, which suggests that a well-developed civilization inhabited the city at that time.[citation needed]

In the 13th century BC Amman was called Rabbath Ammon or Rabat Amon by the Ammonites. In the Hebrew Bible, it is referred to as Rabbat ʿAmmon (Tiberian Hebrew Rabbaṯ ʿAmmôn). It was later conquered by the Assyrians, followed by the Persians, and then the Macedonians. Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the Macedonian ruler of Egypt, renamed it Philadelphia. The city became part of the Nabataean kingdom until 106 AD when Philadelphia came under Roman control and joined the Decapolis.[citation needed]

Philadelphia became the seat of a bishopric during the beginning of the Byzantine era. One of the churches of this period can be seen on the city's Citadel. Philadelphia was renamed Amman during the Ghassanian era, and flourished under the Caliphates (with nearby capital) of the Umayyads (in Damascus) and the Abbasids (in Baghdad).[citation needed]

It was then destroyed by several earthquakes and natural disasters and remained a small village and a pile of ruins until the Circassians settlement in 1878.[7] The tide changed when the Ottoman Sultan decided to build the Hejaz railway, linking Damascus and Medina, facilitating both the annual hajj pilgrimage and permanent trade, putting Amman, a major station, back on the commercial map.

In 1921, Abdullah I chose Amman instead of As-Salt as seat of government for his newly created state, the Emirate of Transjordan, and later as the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. As there was no palatial building, he started his reign from the station, with his office in a train car. Amman remained a small city until 1949,and 1963, when the population expanded considerably due to an influx of Palestinian refugees from what is now Occupied Territories. Amman has experienced exceptionally rapid development since 2010 under the leadership of two Hashemite Kings, Hussein of Jordan and Abdullah II of Jordan.[citation needed]

In 1970, Amman was the site of major clashes between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Jordanian army. Everything around the Royal Palace sustained heavy damage from shelling. The city's population continues to expand at a rapid pace (fueled by refugees escaping the wartime events in the West Bank and Iraq). The city received refugees from these countries on a number of occasions. The first wave of Palestinian refugees arrived from Palestine in 1948.[citation needed]

A second wave arrived after the Six-Day War in 1967. A third wave of Palestinian and Jordanian and Southeast Asians, working as domestic workers, refugees arrived in Amman from Kuwait after the Gulf War of 1991. The first wave of Iraqi refugees settled in the city after the first Gulf War, with a second wave also arriving after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. During the last 10 years the number of new buildings within the city has increased dramatically with new districts of the city being founded at a very rapid pace (particularly so in West Amman), straining the very scarce water supplies of Jordan as a whole, and exposing Amman to the hazards of rapid expansion in the absence of careful municipal planning.[citation needed]

On November 9, 2005, coordinated explosions rocked three hotels in Amman, resulting in the death of 60 people and the injury of 115 others. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the act, which was carried out despite the fact that the birthplace of since-killed Al Qaeda terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is the town of Zarqa, less than 30 km (19 mi) from Amman. The sheer brutality of the attacks, which targeted, among other things, a wedding party being held at one of the hotels, caused widespread revulsion across the widest range of Jordanians. Large protests and vigils followed in the wake of the attacks.

   

Geography

 

Amman is situated in a hilly area of north-western Jordan. The city was originally built on seven hills, but it now spans over an area of nineteen hills (each known as a Jabal, Tál, Mount or Mountain). The main areas of Amman gain their names from the hills and mountains on whose slopes they lie. The city's elevation changes from mountain to mountain. They range from 740 to 1400 m (2035–3610 feet).

 

Climate

Amman has a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk)[8] with long, hot and dry summers and wet and cool winters with a mediterranean (dry-summer) rainfall pattern. It also has an influence of the continental climate because of its inland location and highland climate because of its high elevation.[citation needed] Amman's location and altitude has a profound effect on its climate.[citation needed] Spring is brief, mild and lasts a little less than a month, from April to May, with rain during the morning and the afternoons. High temperatures are around 14 °C (57 °F) and lows are a little less than 7 °C (45 °F) and several times going near 0 °C (32 °F) causing several freezes.

Amman has moderate summers starting from mid June to mid September. Summer's high temperatures range from 25 °C (77 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F), usually with low humidity and frequent cool breezes. Most summers are rain-free with cloudless skies during the noon period and a brief shower or fog during the night-time. The summer's pleasant temperatures can be disturbed by heatwaves that suddenly raise the city's temperatures to around 35 °C (95 °F) and in some rare but recorded cases to as high as 41 °C (106 °F) such as during the summer of 1999.[citation needed] A much more common weather inconvenience is the sudden drop in temperatures, which occurs during many summer nights accompanied by moderate winds and in many cases fog.[citation needed]

Winter usually starts in late November or early December and continues to late April. Temperatures are usually near or below 0 °C (32 °F), with snow usually falling a few times each year. Due to its high altitude above sea level, winter in Amman is usually one of the coldest in any major city in the Levant or south-east of Europe and the surrounding countries; winters are usually foggy with at least 120 days of heavy fog per year. Sleet is very common, and dew in the dry winter mornings is usually found frozen until 10 am.[citation needed] Snowy winter storms occur several times around the city. Due to the difference in elevation, snow may accumulate in the western parts of Amman (an average altitude of 1200 m above sea level) when at the same time it would be raining in the city centre (776 metre elevation). On average at least one severe snow storm every couple of years will accumulate up to 15 or 20 inches of snow (40 to 50 centimetres) in any given place.

   

Transportation

 

The city's largest airport, Queen Alia International Airport, situated about 30 km (18.64 mi) south of Amman, is the major international airport in Jordan and the hub for Royal Jordanian, the flag carrier. The airport has three terminals, two passenger and one cargo, and in 2010 handled between 5.8 million passengers despite the airport's capacity to only handle 3.5 million visitors. The airport is undergoing expansion, including a new terminal costing $700M, that will allow the airport to handle over 12 million passengers. Amman Civil Airport is a one-terminal airport that serves primarily domestic and nearby international routes and the military.[10]

The recently constructed Abdoun Bridge spans Wadi Abdoun, and connects the 4th Circle to Âbdoun Circle. It is considered one of Amman's many landmarks. It is the first curved suspended bridge to be built.

Currently under construction are dedicated lanes for bus services which will operate as part of the new urban rapid transit network. The Bus Rapid Transit project is expected to be completed by 2012. The BRT service entails premium, high-capacity buses running on exclusive and completely segregated lanes that can carry more than 120 passengers and run on a three-minute frequency during peak hours along Amman’s busiest corridors.[11] The system includes high-quality stations and stops; express buses that can carry more than 120 passengers and will run on a three-minute frequency during peak hours along Amman’s busiest corridors; terminals and park-n-ride facilities, and an integrated fare collection system allowing passengers to pay the fare at stations before embarking on the bus.[12] The BRT is planned to run along three major corridors. The first corridor connects Sweileh with Mahatta via Sport City with major service to the University of Jordan. The second corridor connects Sport City with downtown at Ras El-Ain. The third corridor connects Customs Square with Mahatta.[13]

There are also plans to construct a three-line metro system in Amman. The first phase consists of two lines, the red and green lines, connecting East, Central, and West Amman with an interchange station (linking the two lines) at Amman Plaza with connections to the Northern and Southern suburbs. The second phase consists of the yellow line, connecting North and South Amman with an interchange to the red and green lines at the Abdali and City Hall stations. The project would cost more than half a billion dollars.

There are eight circles, or roundabouts, that span and connect West Amman. However, the city lacks an operable rail or metro system which causes severe congestion, especially in old Amman. To add to the congestion, all the Kingdom's highways pass through Amman, further increasing traffic in the capital.

By land, the city has frequent bus connections to other cities in Jordan, as well as to major cities in neighboring countries; the latter are also served by service taxis. Internal transport is served by a number of bus routes and taxis. Service taxis, which most often operate on fixed routes, are readily available and inexpensive. The two main bus and taxi stations are Abdali (near the King Abdullah Mosque, the Parliament and Palace of Justice) and the newly built Rağadan Central Bus Station (near the Roman Amphitheatre in downtown). The city can suffer from considerable traffic congestion at peak hours, especially during the summer months when affluent holidaymakers from the Persian Gulf region spend the summer in Amman to take advantage of its comparatively mild weather.

    

Economy

 

Amman is aggressively positioning itself as a hub for business, and new projects are continually transforming the city's skyline. Following the 2003 Iraq War, all business dealings with Iraq flow through Amman in some way. Its airport, Queen Alia International Airport, is the hub of the national carrier, Royal Jordanian, which is a major airline in the region.[14] The airline is headquartered in central Amman.[15]

Amman is considered to be a regional leader in the following areas:

-Healthcare: Amman, and Jordan as a whole for that matter, is the Middle East's hub for medical tourism as the kingdom receives the most medical tourists in the region and the 5th highest in the world. Amman receives 250,000 foreign patients a year and receives over $1 billion annually. [16]

-Information Technology: Amman is one of the top 10 cities in the world to launch a tech start-up in 2012 according to a California-based venture capital firm, surpassing traditional regional tech hot-spots like Dubai and Tel Aviv. It is also considered the region's "Silicon Valley".[17] 75% of all Arabic content on the internet originates from Jordan. Rubicon Group Holding and Maktoob, two major regional tech companies, are based in Amman. [18]

-Foreign Investment and Business: In a report by Dunia Frontier Consultants, Amman along with Doha and Dubai are the favored hubs for multinational corporations operating in the Middle East and North Africa region.[4] In FDI magazine, Amman was chosen as the Middle Eastern city with the most potential to be a leader in foreign direct investment in the region, beating Dubai.[19] One of the Middle East's largest banks, Arab Bank, is headquartered in Amman. Also based in Amman is Aramex, the Middle East's largest logistics and transportation company. [20] [21] It is also one of the world's largest logistics and transportation companies in the world alongside DHL, FedEx, and UPS. [22]

-Tourism: Amman is the 8th most visited city by tourists and business travelers in the Middle East and Africa as well as the 9th highest recipient of international visitor spending. 1.8 million tourists visited the Jordanian capital in 2011 and spent over $1.3 billion in the city.[23] If the entire kingdom is taken into account, there were 8 million tourists in 2010 and $ 4.4 billion in visitor expenditure, including medical tourists. [24]

The Greater Amman Municipality's heavy investment in its infrastructure, such as the expansion of Queen Alia International Airport, the construction of a state of the art public transportation system, a national railway, and expansion of road works, will ease the arrival of millions of new visitors and tonnes of cargo through this soon to be regional hub.

West Amman, however, is less densely populated and more scenic. It is also the more prosperous part of Amman, with much of the city's economic activity being centered in West Amman. Most of the city's 5-star and 4-star hotels are located in West Amman. Important districts include Shmeisani and Abdali, the main economic centres of Amman, Abdoun, the up-scale residential district, and Jabal Amman, one of Amman's historic districts.

 

New developments

New projects and proposals in and around the city include:

•The Abdali Downtown project: this new development in the heart of Amman is among the largest projects under construction in the kingdom, and is a mixed-use development consisting of retail, outdoor shopping and restaurants, residential and office buildings. The master plan includes a large public green park, along with an outdoor pedestrian strip. The $5 billion project will contain some of Jordan's tallest buildings and most prominent real estate. Jordan's largest skyscraper Capital Tower, Rotana Hotel-Amman, W Hotel-Amman, Business Heights, and the Abdali Central Market Place, Jordan's soon to be largest mall and shopping center, are located in this mammoth redevelopment.[25] The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2011 or early 2012. The entire project should be completed by 2015.

•The construction of the Jordan Gate Towers near the 6th Circle, which is nearly completed, is being funded by Bahraini and Kuwaiti entrepreneurs. The two identical skyscrapers will house office buildings and a five star hotel.

•Betina City consists of 3 central skyscrapers, a mega-mall, a suspended river, and 3 additional towers.

•Sanaya Amman, two identical 65 floor buildings connected by a pedestrian walkway that will house the world's highest swimming pool. This residential twin tower project is being built in Abdoun by Limitless.

•The Abdoun suspended bridge, which spans Wadi Abdoun. This recently completed project reduces congestion in Wadi Abdoun and creates a new highway link between West and South Amman..

•The St. Regis Amman in the Abdoun area worth about $300 million which will be completed in 2014.[26]

•Multi-billion dollar Wadi Amman Regeneration Project. This project will completely revamp the old downtown and restore it to its previous prominence. It will also revitalise the entire area by attracting affluent Ammanis to settle and shop here.

•Al Andalucia, being constructed near Amman. This project will include over 600 villas, and consists of many facilities such as spas, fitness and health centres, swimming pools, and a recreation area.

•Ähl Al Âzm, a $1 billion city near Queen Alia International Airport, will be built in several phases with a total of about 16,000 residential units and 800 offices. The city will be connected by rail to Amman. The residential city will mostly be inhabited by low and middle income families.

•A massive new Royal Jordanian headquarters.

 

East Amman is the historic city centre. Eastern Amman is more traditional and older than the newer West. Small shops and single family houses are dominant in East Amman's landscape. East Amman is the hub for the capital's historic sites and cultural activities.

West Amman is the current economic city centre, and is the modern, stylish extension of Amman. Malls, shopping centres, expensive hotels, bars and international restaurants are part of West Amman's development.

   

Education

 

In 2010, there were as many as 14 universities in Amman. University of Jordan is the largest university in Amman,[27] Philadelphia University was ranked as the largest private university.

 

•Balqa Applied University – Polytechnic Faculty of Engineering Technology

•Balqa Applied University – Amman University College for Economic and Banking Sciences

•Amman Arab University

•Applied Science Private University

•Middle East University

•Arab Open University

•Arab Academy for Banking & Financial Sciences

•Al-Isra University

•Columbia University: Amman Center

•DePaul University: Amman Center

See Also: List of universities in Jordan

•German-Jordanian University

•Jordan Academy of Music

•New York Institute of Technology, Jordan

•Institute of Banking Studies: Amman Branch

•Princess Sumaya University for Technology

•Petra University

•Queen Noor Civil Aviation Technical College

•Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan

•Al Quds College

•Jordan Academy for Maritime Studies

     

Culture

 

Cuisine

The New York Times praised the cuisine of Amman. “You’ll find the bright vegetables from Lebanon, crunchy falafels from Syria, juicy kebabs from Egypt and, most recently, spicy meat dishes from Jordan’s neighbor, Iraq. It’s known as the food of the Levant — an ancient word for the area bounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian peninsula. But the food here isn’t just the sum of its calories. In this politically, religiously and ethnically fraught corner of the world, it is a symbol of bloodlines and identity.”

  

Sports

 

Amman-based football clubs Al-Wahdat and Al-Faisaly have won the national league championship several times.

The 2007 Asian Championships in Athletics and 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships were held in the city.

Amman hosts the Jordan Rally, which form part of the FIA World Rally Championship, becoming the biggest sporting event ever held in Jordan. Amman also hosts the Sama Tournament which is a part of the Trillium Championship.

   

Media

Most Jordanian newspapers and news stations are situated in Amman. Most Jordanian daily newspapers are published in Amman such as Alghad,[30] Alrai,[31] Ad-Dustour,[32] and the The Jordan Times.[30] In 2010, Alghad newspaper was ranked as 10th most popular newspaper in the Arab World by Forbes Middle-East magazine.[33] Al-Arab Al-Yawm is the only daily pan-Arab newspaper in Jordan.

   

Main sights

 

Much of Amman's tourism is focused in the older downtown area, which is centered around the old souk (a colorful traditional market) and the King Hussein Mosque. The main touristic sites in the city are:

 

•The downtown area (known locally as al-Balad) has been completely dwarfed by the sprawling urban area that surrounds it. Despite the changes, much remains of its old character. Jabal Amman is a known touristic attraction in old Amman, the capital's greatest souks, fine museums, ancient constructions, monuments, and cultural sites are found in Jabal Amman.

•The Citadel hill of Amman, known as Jabal al-Qal'a, is home to the Temple of Hercules which is said to have been constructed under the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius who reigned from 161 to 180 AD, is similar to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. It has been inhabited for centuries, important as a military and religious site. It dates back to Roman and Byzantine times, and later work was carried out in the early Islamic era. Remains unearthed at the northern and eastern ends of the Citadel, possibly date back to the Bronze Age.

•The Roman forum and the Roman theatre — the largest theatre in Jordan — with room for 6,000 spectators. Thought to have been built between 138 and 161 AD by the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, it is constructed into the side of the mountain and is still used for sports displays and cultural events.

The Jordan Archaeological Museum is home to ancient findings from the whole country.

Amman is also home to some of the grandest mosques in the Middle East, although they compare less favorably to the ones to be found in Istanbul, Turkey. The newest of these is the enormous King Abdullah I Mosque, built between 1982 and 1989. It is capped by a magnificent blue mosaic dome beneath which 3,000 Muslims may offer prayer. The most unusual mosque in Amman is the Abu Darweesh Mosque atop Jabal Ashrafieh (the highest point in the city). It is covered with black and white checkered pattern and is unique to Jordan. It is visible from quite some distance. In contrast, the interior is totally free of the black and white scheme. Instead, there are light colored walls and Persian carpets. This religious building was erected by one of Amman's Circassians minority.

   

Tourism and lifestyle

 

Amman is considered to be one of the most "westernized" and cosmopolitan cities in the Arab World. Amman has become one of the most popular destinations for "Western" expats and college students who seek to live, study, or work in the Middle East or the Arab World in general.[34][35] The city's culinary scene has expanded from its shwarma stands and falafel joints to embrace many popular American restaurants and fast-food outlets like McDonald's and T.G.I. Friday's, swank Asian fusion restaurants, French bistros such as La Maison Verte and Italian trattorias. The city has become famous for its sophisticated fine dining scene among Western expats and Persian Gulf tourists.[36]

There are numerous nightclubs and bars across the city especially in West Amman. Modesty in dress for men and women is greatly relaxed and low-cut shirts, tank tops and short skirts are becoming commonplace.[37] Abdoun Circle (not one of the eight) is a major center of the city’s night life where the chicest clubs maintain a strict “couples only” policy, meaning no unescorted men. Sweifieh is considered to be the unofficial red-light district of Amman as it holds most of the city's nightclubs, bars, strip-clubs, massage parlors, and other adult entertainment venues. The night-life scene is known to evolve so quickly that hot spots open and close almost before they can be published in magazines and tourist guide books.[36]

Discothèques, music bars and shisha lounges have sprouted across Amman, changing the city's old image as the conservative capital of the kingdom. Jordan's young population is helping shape this new burgeoning nightlife scene.[38] As well as the wide range of drinking and dancing venues on the social circuit of the city's affluent crowd, Amman has much cultural entertainment to indulge in like the annual Amman Summer Festival and Souk Jara.[39]

Valued at more than US $5 Billion, the Abdali project is planned to create a new visible center for Amman and act as the major business district. The project includes Jordan's new high street and mall, luxury hotels and apartments as well as start-of-the-art offices. The entire project is expected to be finished by 2015.[40]

Amman is a hub for Persian Gulf vacationers who come to take advantage of the mild weather and liberal atmosphere during the summer. The summer of 2009 brought 2.5 million Arab tourists to the Jordanian capital.

 

Large malls were built during the 2000s in Amman, including the Mecca Mall, Abdoun Mall, Amman Mall, City Mall, Plaza Mall, Al Baraka Mall, Istikal Mall, Zara Shopping Center, Sweifieh Avenue Mall, and Mukhtar Mall. Furthermore, two new malls are currently under development: Taj Mall in the affluent neighbourhood Abdoun, and Abdali Mall in Al Abdali. The Wakalat Street (English: "Agencies Street") is Amman's first pedestrian-only street and carries a lot of label name clothes. The Sweifieh area in general is considered to be the main shopping district of Amman.

 

My friend Arlene on home turf. A wonderful foggy walk through a transformed city. I love fog and should shoot in it more. (And incredibly, my first upload of Arlene, whom I've photographed for years).

 

EF 16-35mm 2.8 II at 29mm, 1/160 and f/5.0 @ ISO 400. My love of cinema is probably responsible for my love of wide angles for portrait work.

 

Finally, thanks to all all the visitors: this and "Bright Smile" cleared 100 views in less than twenty-four hours!

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art, designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, and located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The museum was inaugurated on October 18, 1997, by the past King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Cantabrian Sea, it is one of several museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists.

 

One of the most admired works of contemporary architecture, the building has been hailed as a "signal moment in the architectural culture", because it represents "one of those rare moments when critics, academics, and the general public were all completely united about something." The museum was the building most frequently named as one of the most important works completed since 1980 in the 2010 World Architecture Survey among architecture experts.

 

History

 

In 1981, the Basque government suggested to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation that it would fund a Guggenheim museum to be built in Bilbao's decrepit port area, once the city's main source of income. The Basque government agreed to cover the US$100 million construction cost, to create a US$50 million acquisitions fund, to pay a one-time US$20 million fee to the Guggenheim and to subsidize the museum's US$12 million annual budget. In exchange, the Foundation agreed to manage the institution, rotate parts of its permanent collection through the Bilbao museum and organize temporary exhibitions.

 

The museum was built by Ferrovial, at a cost of US$89 million. About 5,000 residents of Bilbao attended a pre-opening extravaganza outside the museum on the night preceding the official opening, featuring an outdoor light show and concerts. On October 18, 1997, the museum was opened by Juan Carlos I of Spain.

 

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation selected Frank Gehry as the architect, and its director, Thomas Krens, encouraged him to design something daring and innovative. The curves on the exterior of the building were intended to appear random; the architect said that "the randomness of the curves are designed to catch the light". The interior "is designed around a large, light-filled atrium with views of Bilbao's estuary and the surrounding hills of the Basque country". The atrium, which Gehry nicknamed The Flower because of its shape, serves as the organizing center of the museum.

 

When the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opened to the public in 1997, it was immediately hailed as one of the world's most spectacular buildings in the style of Deconstructivism (although Gehry does not associate himself with that architectural movement), a masterpiece of the 20th century. Architect Philip Johnson described it as "the greatest building of our time",[14] while critic Calvin Tomkins, in The New Yorker, characterized it as "a fantastic dream ship of undulating form in a cloak of titanium," its brilliantly reflective panels also reminiscent of fish scales. Herbert Muschamp praised its "mercurial brilliance" in The New York Times Magazine. The Independent calls the museum "an astonishing architectural feat". The building inspired other structures of similar design across the globe, such as the Cerritos Millennium Library in Cerritos, California.[citation needed]

 

The museum is seamlessly integrated into the urban context, unfolding its interconnecting shapes of stone, glass and titanium on a 32,500-square-meter (350,000 sq ft) site along the Nervión River in the old industrial heart of the city; while modest from street level, it is most impressive when viewed from the river.[15][16] With a total 24,000 m2 (260,000 sq ft), of which 11,000 m2 (120,000 sq ft) are dedicated to exhibition space, it had more exhibition space than the three Guggenheim collections in New York and Venice combined at that time. The 11,000 m2 of exhibition space are distributed over nineteen galleries, ten of which follow a classic orthogonal plan that can be identified from the exterior by their stone finishes. The remaining nine galleries are irregularly shaped and can be identified from the outside by their swirling organic forms and titanium cladding. The largest gallery measures 30 meters wide and 130 meters long (98 ft × 427 ft). In 2005, it housed Richard Serra's monumental installation The Matter of Time, which Robert Hughes dubbed "courageous and sublime"

 

The building was constructed on time and budget, which is rare for architecture of this type. In an interview in Harvard Design Magazine, Gehry explained how he did it. First, he ensured that what he calls the "organization of the artist" prevailed during construction, to prevent political and business interests from interfering with the design. Second, he made sure he had a detailed and realistic cost estimate before proceeding. Third, he used computer visualizations produced by his own Digital Project software and collaborated closely with the individual building trades to control costs during construction.

 

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines donated $1,000,000 towards its construction.

 

Exhibitions

 

The museum notably houses "large-scale, site-specific works and installations by contemporary artists, such as Richard Serra's 100-meter-long (340 ft) Snake, and displays the work of Basque artists, "as well as housing a selection of works" from the Foundation's modern art collection.[11] In 1997, the museum opened with "The Guggenheim Museums and the Art of This Century", a 300-piece overview of 20th-century art from Cubism to new media art. Most pieces came from the Guggenheim's permanent collection, but the museum also acquired paintings by Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still and commissioned new works by Francesco Clemente, Anselm Kiefer, Jenny Holzer and Richard Serra.

 

The exhibitions change often; the museum generally hosts thematic exhibitions, centered for example on Chinese or Russian art.[citation needed] Traditional paintings and sculptures are a minority compared to installations and electronic forms. The highlight of the collection, and its only permanent exhibit, is The Matter of Time (incorporating an earlier work, Snake), a series of weathering steel sculptures designed by Serra, which is housed in the 130-meter Arcelor Gallery (formerly known as the Fish Gallery but renamed in 2005 for the steel manufacturer that sponsored the project). The collections usually highlight Avant-garde art, 20th century abstraction, and non-objective art. When the museum announced the 2011 exhibition "The Luminous Interval", a show of artwork belonging to Greek businessman Dimitris Daskalopoulos, who is also a museum trustee, this met with criticism of, among other things, too much curatorial power for a serious benefactor.[19] In 2012 David Hockney's exhibition drew over 290,000 visitors to the museum.

 

Economic and media impact

 

The museum was opened as part of a revitalization effort for the city of Bilbao. Almost immediately after its opening, the Guggenheim Bilbao became a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from around the globe. In its first three years, almost 4 million tourists visited the museum, helping to generate about €500 million in economic activity. The regional council estimated that the money visitors spent on hotels, restaurants, shops and transport allowed it to collect €100 million in taxes, which more than paid for the building cost.

 

The building has featured in the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough in the pre-title sequence and the 2007 Tamil film Sivaji: The Boss, in which it is the setting for the song Style, composed by A.R. Rahman. Mariah Carey's music video "Sweetheart", directed by Hype Williams, shows singers Jermaine Dupri and Carey in various locations at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

 

Criticism

 

The so-called "Bilbao effect" refers to how the museum transformed the city. The term, however, has also been employed by critics who have denounced the museum as a symbol of gentrification and cultural imperialism. The Wall Street Journal suggested that the Bilbao effect should be called the Bilbao anomaly, "for the iconic chemistry between the design of building, its image and the public turns out to be rather rare."

 

Art critic Brian O'Doherty was positive about approaching the building but criticized the museum's interior effect, saying "[O]nce you get indoors things are a little different. Even the so-called site-specific words didn't look too happy to me. Most of the interior spaces are too vast." He went on to describe how works by Braque, Picasso and Rodchenko "looked absurd" and tiny on the museum's walls

 

According to a report issued in 2007 by the Basque Court of Auditors, the museum paid more than US$27 million for the acquisition of art between 2002 and 2005, including Serra's 'The Matter of Time' for the cavernous ground-floor gallery. After another audit in 2008 revealed that money was missing from accounts, the Foundation said that it filed a case against the director, Roberto Cearsolo Barrenetxea, "for financial and accounting irregularities", asserting that he had admitted diverting money from two companies that manage the Guggenheim Bilbao building and its art collection to his own account since 1998.

My highest compliments to all concerned for excellent site."Sir, You have taken a right step to get those Swings removed from site of Harrapa" , Visitors thanked great scholar Dani when I visited his house in 2005. I had taken years to get it done by publishing many articles requesting peoples to create more facilities at cultural heritage sites. My kids and wife would had been cursing me for taking them to Harrapa quite often , My family was not craking Indus Scripts in 1989 because I had more than one computer as Manager Army Computer Club Okara but they had to crack Indus Scripts in 1995 becaue we had just one 486 computer for 3 kids and myself. What attraction kids and families had in ruins visiting 7th time.

“ What you think about round stone with stone round rod in the center and other on the top with hole in the center like grinding stone on top” , my expert visitor Egyptian asked on my 7th visit to Museum of Sasi & Punu two lovers near Twin port Karachi. Being from stone age cultural area , still using hand grinding in 1980 , acting as guide to my guest during last 6 tours , I thought it some sort of grinding though grinding stone are opposite to this , top has a wooen handle to move the stone , hole in the center has wooden piece a slot to where fulcrum from lower stone stone rest. Lower stone has a hole and tappered wooden piece is used for adjust ment of fuckrum. “ But how you would move this set for grinding , this is from tepmle used by issueless women “ , my expert visitor guided me on 7th visit.

My compliments to Thailand tourism , Ms Nani and the driver , she guided me in such an excellent fashon in 1995 that I still remember her. “ No guidence in the way , I would sit with driver , you have to be VIP not speaking a word “ , Nani gave the briefing on a cup of coffe before we started for visit of Royal Palace. She was such an excellent guide that she even gave out out cost of golden budda’s constume , golden bricks on the outer wall of golden temple. They had even kept book on Bhuddaism in my room. Bhudaism started from Taxila Pakistan but we have to make living model of previous prehistoric cultures of snake worshipers and other

 

Historical Perspective

1st success decryption of Indus Scripts confirmed through works of Dani, B B Lal , Mehdewan, Fair Server , Mark, Russian Professoers and many others in the century was approved by Dani in 2005. South Asia as most peaceful global trader and protector of global trading routes was known as ‘golden sparrow’.Everyone got job at his home and economy was stable. “ We must share our research work because there is no government support” Dani said . We have many secrets from Indus Script decryption that can make South Asia as most peaceful region for global trading. Global Peace Mega Project at. twitter.com/#!/nazeeraahmadch. We salute Anhazari for greatmove against anti corruption

Harappan civilization reached improbable heights and evolved amazing scripts .

Ancient inscriptions and pictorials starting from Mehrgarh Gedrosia 7000 BC till fall of civilization have always been an enigma. The glories of the ruined cities and their amazing un-deciphered script had many researchers imagining a gentle society of priests and scribes. Our decrypted secrets explain a culture that reached the heights of artistic achievement during 1900-1300 BC termed as Harappan civilization. New clues, unearthed from research on ruins and from our decrypted secrets point to new civilization of global trading termed as Matured Harappan

The settlement of Kot Diji culture mostly remained l hidden under the ruins of Mohenjodaro , Harappa and other big cities now known as Harappan Civilization 2600-1900 BC . Ethno-archaeological model is assuming much as it was when the first 50 hunting groups arrived in perhaps 8000 – 7000 BC connected with the arrival of Adam on earth. A dense forest , marshes and barren land where wild animals ruled was shared by manlike creatures . scarlet macaws, toucans, and vultures nest in towering tropical hardwoods. Scorpions , mountain , goats , fish , water buffalos lived together . These creatures and monkeys swing from branches and vines and howler monkeys bellow in the distance. It had been a land of jungle , marshes , mud, serpents and sweat, and tigers and horned tigers the lord of the jungle . The earliest arrivals of these creatures has been excavated in Samma Soan Valley of stone age where we find caves is probably had no choice—overcrowding elsewhere may have forced them into this forbidding environment. But once there, they mastered its challenges. Settling near rivers, lakes, and swamps, they learned to maximize the thin soil's productivity. They cleared the forest for maize, squash, and other crops by slashing and burning, much as today's Maya do, then re-enriched the land by alternating crops and letting fields lie fallow.

As populations grew, they adopted more intensive methods of cultivation—composting, terracing, irrigation. They filled in swamps to create fields and carried silt and muck from bottomlands to fertilize enclosed gardens. Artificial ponds yielded fish, and corrals held deer and other game flushed from the forest. The ancient Maya ultimately coaxed enough sustenance from the meager land for several million people, many times more than now live in the region.

Over the centuries, as the Maya learned to prosper in the rain forest, the settlements grew into city-states, and the culture became ever more refined. The Maya built elegant multiroom palaces with vaulted ceilings; their temples rose hundreds of feet toward the heavens. Ceramics, murals, and sculpture displayed their distinctive artistic style, intricate and colorful. Though they used neither the wheel nor metal tools, they developed a complete hieroglyphic writing system and grasped the concept of zero, adopting it for everyday calculations. They also had a 365-day year and were sophisticated enough to make leap-year-like corrections. They regularly observed the stars, predicted solar eclipses, and angled their ceremonial buildings so that they faced sunrise or sunset at particular times of year.

Mediating between the heavens and earth were the Maya kings—the kuhul ajaw, or holy lords, who derived their power from the gods. They functioned both as shamans, interpreting religion and ideology, and rulers who led their subjects in peace and war. Demarest and others have described the Maya centers as "theater states" in which the kuhul ajaw conducted elaborate public rituals to give metaphysical meaning to movements of the heavens, changes of the calendar, and the royal succession.

Behind the cloak of ritual, the Maya cities acted like states everywhere, making alliances, fighting wars, and trading for goods over territory that ultimately stretched from what is today southern Mexico through the Petén to the Caribbean coast of Honduras. Well-worn trails and stucco-paved causeways crisscrossed the forest, and canoes plied the rivers. But until Fire Is Born arrived, the Maya remained politically fragmented, the city-states charting their own courses in the jungle.

By 378 Waka was a prestigious center, boasting four main plazas, hundreds of buildings, temple mounds up to 300 feet (90 meters) tall, ceremonial palaces clad in painted stucco, and courtyards graced with carved limestone altars and monuments. A trading power, it occupied a strategic location on the San Pedro River, which flowed westward from the heart of the Petén. Its market was filled with Maya foodstuffs such as maize, beans, chilies, and avocados, along with chicle harvested from sapodilla trees to make glue, and latex from rubber trees to make balls for ceremonial games. Exotic goods found their way to Waka as well. Jade for sculpture and jewelry and quetzal feathers for costumes came from the mountains to the south, and obsidian for weapons and pyrite for mirrors from the Mexican plateau to the west, the domain of Teotihuacan.

A sprawling metropolis of 100,000 people or more—perhaps the largest city in the world at the time—Teotihuacan left no records that epigraphers have been able to decipher. But its motives in dispatching Fire Is Born to the Maya region seem clear. Waka sat on a promontory overlooking a tributary of the San Pedro with a protected harbor, excellent for berthing large canoes. "It was a perfect staging area" for military action, notes Southern Methodist University archaeologist David Freidel, co-director of excavations at Waka. Which may be precisely what Fire Is Born had in mind.

Waka appears to have been key to the envoy's mission: to bring the entire central Petén into Teotihuacan's orbit, through persuasion if possible, force if necessary. His principal target was Tikal, a kingdom 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Waka. Tikal was the most influential city-state in the central Petén. Bring Tikal into the fold, and the other cities would follow.

Fire Is Born's soldiers were probably shock troops, designed principally to display his bona fides and demonstrate good faith. He needed reinforcements, and he had come to Waka to get them. In return, he could offer the goodwill of his patron, a mysterious ruler known from inscriptions as Spear-thrower Owl, probably a highland king, perhaps even the lord of Teotihuacan.

Waka's ruler, Sun-faced Jaguar, apparently welcomed Fire Is Born. Based on hints in texts from Waka and other sources, Freidel, project co-director Héctor Escobedo, and epigrapher Stanley Guenter suggest that the two rulers cemented their alliance by building a fire shrine to house the sacred flame of Teotihuacan.

Along with moral support, Fire Is Born probably secured troops. His expeditionary force likely carried the spear-throwers and javelins typical of Teotihuacan and wore backshields covered with glittery pyrite, perhaps meant to dazzle the enemy when the soldiers spun around to hurl their weapons. Now warriors from the Petén, equipped with stone axes and short stabbing spears, swelled their ranks. As armor, many wore cotton vests stuffed with rock salt. Eleven hundred years later, the Spanish conquistadores shed their own metal armor in the sweltering rain forest in favor of these Maya "flak jackets."

The military expedition most likely set out for Tikal in war canoes, heading east, up the San Pedro River. Reaching the headwaters, the soldiers disembarked and marched either along the river or on the canyon rim overlooking it.

Garrisons probably dotted the route. News of the advancing column must have reached Tikal, and somewhere along the stretch of riverbank and roadway, perhaps at a break in the cliffs about 16 miles (26 kilometers) from the city, Tikal's army tried to stop Fire Is Born's advance. Inscribed slabs, called stelae, later erected at Tikal suggest that the defenders were routed. Fire Is Born's forces continued their march on the city. By January 16, 378—barely a week after his arrival in Waka—the conqueror was in Tikal.

The date is noted on Tikal's now famous Stela 31, which yielded early clues to Fire Is Born's importance when David Stuart of the University of Texas at Austin deciphered it in 2000. The second passage on the stela records what happened after the city fell: Tikal's king, Great Jaguar Paw, died that very day, probably at the hands of the vanquishers.

Fire Is Born appears to have dropped whatever pretense he had assumed as a goodwill ambassador. His forces destroyed most of Tikal's existing monuments—stelae put in place by 14 earlier rulers of Tikal. A new era had begun, and later monuments celebrated the victors. Stela 31, erected long after the conquest, describes Fire Is Born as Ochkin Kaloomte, or Lord of the West, probably referring to his origins in Teotihuacan. Some Maya experts have also suggested another meaning: that Fire Is Born represented a faction that had fled to the west—to Teotihuacan—after a coup d'état by Great Jaguar Paw's father years earlier and had now returned to power.

It apparently took Fire Is Born some time to pacify Tikal and its environs. But a year after his arrival, Tikal's monuments record that he presided over the ascension of a new, foreign king. Inscriptions identify him as the son of Spear-thrower Owl, Fire Is Born's patron in Teotihuacan. According to Stela 31, the new king was less than 20 years old, so Fire Is Born probably became Tikal's regent. He was certainly the city's de facto overlord.

In the years that followed the conquest, Tikal itself went on the offensive, expanding its reach across the Maya region. Fire Is Born appears to have masterminded the campaign, or at least inspired it. References to him have been identified in cities as distant as Palenque, more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) to the northwest. But the most poignant testimony to his empire-building comes from Uaxactún, just 12 miles (19 kilometers) from Tikal. There a mural shows a Maya nobleman giving homage to a warrior in Teotihuacan regalia—perhaps one of Fire Is Born's troops. A stela depicting a similar warrior guards a tomb where archaeologists found the remains of two women, one pregnant, a child, and an infant. Freidel and others have concluded that these were the remains of Uaxactún's royal family, slain by Tikal's forces. The king, presumably, was taken to Tikal and sacrificed there.

Decades after the arrival of Fire Is Born and long after he must have died, the aggressive rulers of Tikal continued to invoke Fire Is Born and his patron state, Teotihuacan. In 426, Tikal took over Copán, 170 miles (274 kilometers) to the south in present-day Honduras, and crowned its own king, Kinich Yax Kuk Mo, who became the founder of a new dynasty. A posthumous portrait shows him wearing a costume typical of central Mexico—a reference to Teotihuacan—and like Fire Is Born, he bore the title Lord of the West.

Some Mayanists believe that Tikal was acting as a vassal state for Teotihuacan, expanding its dominion throughout the Maya lowlands, with Fire Is Born acting as a kind of military governor. Others see him less as a conqueror and more as a catalyst who spurred Tikal to expand its own power and influence.

His fate is a mystery. There is no known record of his death, and no evidence that he ever ruled a Maya kingdom. But his prestige lived on. The Waka stela recording his arrival there wasn't erected until a generation later, indicating that even a long-ago visit from the great Fire Is Born was a matter of civic pride.

For more than a millennium, the Maya had entrusted their religious and temporal well-being to their god-kings. These leaders displayed their might and majesty in lavish rituals and pageants, in opulent art and architecture, and in written records of their triumphs, inscribed on stone, murals, and ceramics.

The system prospered—indeed, its excesses created the artistic achievements and learning that defined the Maya as one of the ancient world's great cultures—as long as the land could satisfy people's basic needs. This was easy at first when cities were small and resources relatively plentiful, but over time, growing populations, an expanding nobility, and rivalry between the city-states strained the limits of the environment.

Today the Petén, geographically the largest province in Guatemala, has a population of 367,000, living in isolated towns scattered through a forested wilderness. In the eighth century, by some estimates, ten million people lived in the Maya lowlands. The landscape was an almost unbroken fabric of intensely cultivated farms, gardens, and villages, linked by a web of trails and paved causeways connecting monumental city-states.

Maya farmers were well schooled in sophisticated techniques designed to get maximum production from delicate tropical soils. But beginning in the ninth century, studies of lake-bed sediments show, a series of prolonged droughts struck the Maya world, hitting especially hard in cities like Tikal, which depended on rain both for drinking water and to reinvigorate the swampland bajos where farmers grew their crops. River ports like Cancuén might have escaped water shortages, but across much of the Maya region the lake-bed sediments also show ancient layers of eroded soil, testimony to deforestation and overuse of the land.

When bad times came, there was little the kuhul ajaw could do to help their people. Monoculture farming—growing one staple food crop that could be accumulated and stored for hard times or for trade—could not be sustained in the rain forest. Instead, each city-state produced small quantities of many different food items, such as maize, beans, squash, and cacao. There was enough, at least at first, to feed the kingdom, but little left over.

Meanwhile, Maya society was growing dangerously top heavy. Over time, elite polygamy and intermarriage among royal families swelled the ruling class. The lords demanded jade, shells, feathers from the exotic quetzal bird, fancy ceramics, and other expensive ceremonial accoutrements to affirm their status in the Maya cosmos. A king who could not meet the requirements of his relatives risked alienating them.

The traditional rivalry among states only made matters worse. The kuhul ajaw strove to outdo their neighbors, building bigger temples and more elegant palaces and staging more elaborate public pageants. All of this required more labor, which required larger populations and, perhaps, more wars to exact tribute in forced labor from fallen enemies. Overtaxed, the Maya political system began to falter.

This period marked the golden age of Classic Maya civilization. The kuhul ajaw were in full flower in these two great alliances, competing in art and monuments as well as in frequent but limited wars. Calakmul defeated Tikal in a major battle in 562 but destroyed neither the city nor its population. Eventually Tikal rebounded and defeated Calakmul, subsequently building many of its most spectacular monuments.

Simon Martin, with Nikolai Grube of the University of Bonn, compares the Tikal-Calakmul rivalry to the superpower struggle of the 20th century, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union competed to outdo each other in fields ranging from weaponry to space travel. With neither side ever able to gain the upper hand, the Cold War arguably brought stability, and so did the standoff in the Maya world. "There was a certain degree of destruction" because of the rivalry, says Guatemalan archaeologist Héctor Escobedo. "But there was also equilibrium."

It did not last. Martin suggests the balance may have been intrinsically unstable, like the competition among the city-states of ancient Greece, or the nervous grappling between North and South in the United States prior to the Civil War. Or perhaps an overstressed environment finally caught up with the proud Maya powers, bringing a new edge of desperation to their rivalry. Either way, the unraveling began at the small garrison state of Dos Pilas, near the Pasión River downstream of Cancuén.

In 630 Tikal, trying to reassert a presence along Pasión River trade routes increasingly dominated by Calakmul, expanded an existing outpost near two large springs—pilas, in Spanish. The site had little else to recommend it. Dos Pilas grew no crops and sold nothing. Scholars call it a "predator state" that depended on tribute from the surrounding countryside. War, for Dos Pilas, was not only a ritual to glorify kings and appease gods. War was what Dos Pilas did to survive.

The kingdom's history of violence and duplicity began when Tikal installed one of its princes, Balaj Chan Kawiil, as Dos Pilas's ruler in 635. The garrison slapped together a fancy-looking capital for the young prince, using carved facades to mask loose and unstable construction fill. But in 658 Calakmul overran Dos Pilas and drove Balaj Chan Kawiil into exile.

We know the next chapter thanks to a thunderstorm that toppled a tree at Dos Pilas six years ago, exposing a carved stairway hidden beneath its roots. Inscriptions on the stairway reveal that Balaj Chan Kawiil returned two years after his exile—but as a Calakmul surrogate. Dos Pilas's turncoat king helped Calakmul cement its control over the Pasión Valley during the next two decades. Then Calakmul delivered fateful news. Its rulers ordered Balaj Chan Kawiil to fight his brother in Tikal itself.

For a time, fleeing nobles could find refuge in Cancuén, a quiet port at the headwaters of the Pasión River. Even as downriver cities sank into chaos during the eighth century, Cancuén prospered by trading luxury items and providing sumptuous lodgings for elite visitors. The architect of this golden age was King Taj Chan Ahk, who came to power in 757 at the age of 15. Cancuén had a long history as a strategic trading post, but Taj Chan Ahk transformed the city into a stunning ceremonial center. Its heart was a 270,000-square-foot (25,000 square meters), three-story royal palace with vaulted ceilings and 11 courtyards, made of solid limestone and elegantly placed on a riverside promontory. It was a perfect stage for a Maya god-king, and Taj Chan Ahk was master of the role, even as it was dying out elsewhere.

There is no evidence that Taj Chan Ahk ever fought a war or even won a battle. Instead he managed to dominate the upper Pasión Valley for nearly 40 years by coaxing advantage through patronage and alliances. An altar monument at Cancuén dated 790 shows him in action, engaged in a ceremonial ball game with an unknown noble, perhaps to celebrate a treaty or a state visit.

Taj Chan Ahk died in 795 and was succeeded by his son Kan Maax, who sought to trump his father by expanding the palace. But pomp and ritual—the old trappings of kingship—could no longer hold the Maya universe together. Within five years the spreading chaos had reached the gates of the city. In one terrible day its glory winked out, another light extinguished in the world of the Classic Maya.

Nazeer Ahmad Chaudhry

Independent Researcher from Pakistan

Author & Researcher: Decryption of Harappan Ciphers 1st successful solution in a century

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I offer 1st decryption of Harappan Scripts in a century; the decrypted secrets not yet published have solution to many problems. The strategic location of Pakistan offer global trading of $ 7.5 billion per year to global community, oil and gas trading of over $ 15 trillions. I have been trained by over 250 foreign telecomm firms; I had lot of interaction with my friends from many countries as class fellows, R&D Engineer at Research Establishment, visit to Thailand, Ministry of Interior Saudi Arabia Border Guards, as operational engineer, as Zonal Manager of NGO and service in the army. I have given lot of material at Internet. My friends , colleagues , group members and others can carry out an analysis of mega project including integrated energy , renewable energy , befouls , safety and security of global trading, safe train link, herbal foods , new employments , new concepts in housing , overhauling of education systems , innovations and integration of new global technologies and many others.. We must establish an accountability system to stop official terrorists and corrupt gangs failing all the global projects.

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Research Interests Nazeer ’s fundamental research is on discovering and understanding the problems and offering free solutions by forecasting/prediction through economic, social, organizational and technical interactions and techniques evolved through TPI Inc. Over 0.5 million free solutions have been offered at all level but aim of ending terrorism, corruption and prevention of fraud at any level has yet to achieve. Research Projects • Research in any field that can give protection to mankind from fraud, terrorism and human right protection. • Ethno-archaeological Model on Harappan Ciphers: Decryption of Harappan Cipher is over 30 years research project, the 1st successful cryptanalysis in the century • Axiomatic Education Strategy for 21st Century • Prevention of Fraud: Nazeer and his wife Hamida are heir to the lands & property of about 7 families hence an effort underground had been going on for killing of every member of this family. It is very interesting research work scanning the centuries how people slaughter others to become landlords by using fraud and terrorism. • Security and public policy was forced on Nazeer to accept almost all responsibilities in Home County being heir to 7 people. He suffered over 30 killing attacks, killing of 10 members of his family by the snakes brought up by them; the relatives of his step mother.

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•1 Education

o1.1 Experience

o1.2 Research Work

•2 Projects

o2.1 Publications:

 

[Edit] Education

B.Sc. Telecomm Engineering, B Sc Honors, Technical Graduate NUST-EME, LLB, PEC, MIE Pak, IEEEP, IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE- ISST

MBA , M. Phil. Electronics Engineering , MA , Cryptology NUST-MCS , Arabic AIOU , Ph D Total Technology approved researcher Bradford

•B.Sc. (Telecomm. Engineering), Member:PEC,IEEE &Computer Society IEEE USA MIE (Pak.)

•M.B.A. Preston Univ. 1995 , M.A.( Political Science), B.Sc. (Honors War Studies), L.L.B. , Arabic Diploma AIOU Islamabad

•Doctor of Philosophy in Total Technology at University of Bradford UK approved researcher in since 1995. M Phil at MUET was accepted for credit in Ph.D. Second part M.B.A completed from Preston University USA, Courses /research/ 15 years experience/foreign firm training from 250 firms as R&D engineer in cryptographic security completed. Member PEC , TSO graduate from NUST Campus ,Advance Cryptology Course , Refresher Cryptology Course from NUST

•M. Phil. (Electronics Engineering,) Cryptology (NUST), Technical Staff Course (NUST,, Ph.D. (Electrical/Electronics Engineering) approved researcher at Uni. of Bradford U.K. Masters of Science and M Phil at MUET Jamshoro Pakistan was got transferred for PhD

•M.B.A. from Preston University USA from Islamabad Campus getting 98 % in MIS, Organizational Communication and International Marketing subjects. (98 % marks in Information Theory in Advance Cryptology NUST Campus. M.A. (Political Science) from Sindh Uni.

[edit] Experience

•1996-1997 Telecommunication Engineers at Ministry of Interior Saudi Arabia Border Guards

•1978- 1994 Telecommunication Engineer in Sindh and Baluchistan Provinces , Technical Staff Course , Research & Development Engineer at Signals Research Establishment . Telecommunication Engineer and Communication officer in Army 1972-1994

•Teaching: Teaching Assistant and teaching staff for science and technology subjects at Higher Secondary School, Signal Training Center, Computer Clubs, Divisional Battle School NUST Campus MCS, National Institute of Computer Sciences

•Administration: Zonal Manager Hamdard Laboratories Rawalpindi Zone (1998-1999). 24 years experience in Pakistan Army

•Training: Training by foreign Telecom firms from USA, UK, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Sweden and many other countries as R&D Engineer.

Computers: Student Member IEEE USA (1994-95), Manager Army Computer Clubs at Okara and Hyderabad, Teaching Staff National Institute of Computer Sciences Rawalpindi (1995)

•Engineering: Student Member IEEE USA (1994-1997), Telecommunication Member Pakistan Engineering Council, Member Institute of Electrical Engineers Pakistan

[edit] Research Work

Decryption of Indus Valley Scripts has been my research work since last 30 years .This is 1st successful decryption in a century. Dani had confirmed the decryption in 2005 though 1st script was decrypted in 1995 when Secure MIS high security high compression book draft was approved by Artech House USA and Dorrance Publishers USA approved the draft for publication both books not yet published. Rolex Award also approved the research for an award.

B.B. Lal , Russian Professors , and US Scholars Farmer , Sprout , Fair Service, Mark , Durani , F.A. Khan, Mughal and many conclusions of the decryption supported by many other scholars through their written work.

•In 2004, Steve Farmer published, The Collapse of the Indus-Script Thesis: The Myth of a Literate Harappan Civilization, arguing that the Indus valley figures are merely a non-structured symbol system and do not represent a full language.

•In ancient cryptography used by Egyptians or code & ciphers used by lovers, diarists and underworld people, you don't require full language. As a kid, he had just a chance by compulsion to evolve coded language and a writing system to be read by kid girls who could just read Arabic without understanding it.

•All most all the population counted as the people of Indus Valley counted. He was 1st student to qualify Matric (O level) in 1968 and taught new science syllabus to his class as volunteer teacher because his science teacher declined to teach the syllabus unless he had undergone a course.

•He had over 50 of teacher’s 1st &2nd World War soldiers and there were few who had been living in the jungle. His county of 7 treasures in oldest Stone Age culture got electricity in 1990.They used ancient agricultural tools and animal transport like camels, horses, donkeys, bulls and buffalos were used.

[edit] Projects

•Large number of Design and modification projects in Telecommunication Engineering and Cryptology

•Research in any field that can give protection to mankind from fraud, terrorism and human right protection.

•Ethno-archaeological Model on Harappan Ciphers : Decryption of Harappan Cipher is over 30 years research project the 1st successful cryptanalysis in the century

•Axiomatic Education Strategy for 21st Century

•Prevention of Fraud: 50 years Research Work

•Security and public policy was forced on Nazeer to accept almost all responsibilities in Home County being heir to 7 people.

•Codes and Ciphers: Evolution of Coded Language based on Harappan Scripts

•Codes and Ciphers: Evolution of Written Script based on Harappan Scripts

•Design & Development of Maintenance Free Exchange for Desert Working

•Design & Development of Secrecy Electronics Communication System

•Cryptology : Design of High Security High Compression System

•Design & Development of Exchange for Nuclear Warfare

•Design & Development of Battery Charging and Lighting System on Wind Energy

•Design & Development of Energy Saying System

•Decryption of Moenjodaro Scripts

•Decryption of Matured Harappan Scripts

•Herbal Medicine : Medicated Foods and Treatment of Cancer

•Herbal Medicine : New Treatment for Asthma

•Evolution of Recycling Technologies for Low Cost Housing

•Evolution of Integrated Technologies for Energy Crisis

[edit] Publications:

1.Decryption of Moenjodaro Scripts approved in 1995 based on the Thesis: Integration of TCP/IP Protocol Suites with Cryptographic Security approved Ph. D. Electrical & Electronics Engg.) In Total Technology thesis at University of Bradford U.K. Not yet published.

2.Nazeer Ahmad , Secure MIS book draft sent to Artic House Norwood

3.Nazeer Ahmad, Secure MIS in Business Communication, Research Paper in MIS.

4.Nazeer Ahmad ,Protection of Radio Tele-printing Circuits, The Qasid Magazine ,Military College of Signals , NUST Campus Rawalpindi, 1987,pp 25-29

5.Nazeer A. Chaudhry ,Protection of Speech and Data Communication Circuits , The Qasid Magazine ,Military College of Signals , NUST Campus Rawalpindi, 1988,pp 52-56

6.Nazeer Ahmad ,Neo-Communication Security Environments, The Qasid Magazine ,Military College of Signals , NUST Campus Rawalpindi, 1990,pp 25-29

7.Nazeer Ahmad Chaudhry ,Communication Systems , MS Thesis MUET Jamshoro 1990-1992,

8.N. A. Chaudhry , Protection of Electronics & Electrical Equipment, The Hilal Magazine , ISPR Publication , volume 22 , 22-29 December 1994

9.N. A. Chaudhry , Tele-computers and Security Beyond Year 2000, The Hilal Magazine , ISPR Publication , January 1995

10.N. A. Chaudhry , Tele-computers and Security Beyond Year 2000, The Qasid Magazine ,Military College of Signals , NUST Campus Rawalpindi, 1994

11.N. A. Chaudhry , Tactical Nuclear Operations : Indian Option for 21st Century, Pakistan Defense Review, Volume 6, 1994, pp 80-92

12.N. A. Chaudhry , Integrated National Defense , Pakistan Army Green Book, 1991, pp343-346

13.N. A. Chaudhry , Safety Equipment for Nuclear Operations , T.S.O. Research Paper , E.M.E. College NUST Campus Rawalpindi, 1985

14.Nazeer Ahmad. Chaudhry , Pre- Evolution History Corps of Signals 1847-1947, SRC Publishers Hyderabad, 1992

15.Nazeer Ahmad. Chaudhry, Design and Development of Secrecy Electronics Communication System, M. Phil. ( Electronics Engg. ) thesis at MUET Jamshoro, 1993-1995

16.Nazeer Ahmad. Chaudhry , Electronics Warfare Doctrine Under Hostile Environments , Pakistan Army Green Book, 1991, pp 287-290

17.Nazeer A. , Cryptographic and Computer Security , The Hilal Magazine ,19 January 1995

18.N. A. Chaudhry ,Evolution of Codes and Ciphers , The Hilal Magazine ,8 February 1995

19.N. A. Chaudhry , Cryptographic Security Systems , The Hilal Magazine , 15 December 1994

20.N. A. Chaudhry , Protection of Electronics & Electrical Equipment, The Hilal Magazine , ISPR Publication , volume 22 , 22-29 December 1994

21.N. A. Chaudhry , Axiomatic Educational Strategy for 21st Century , Research Paper presented at IEEEP Lahore ,1995 and published in local press

22.Nazeer Ahmad , Quality Education , Pakistan Observer Daily, 18 November 1998

23.Nazir Ahmad Chaudhry, Education System & National Development , The Jung Daily, 6 February 1995

24.Nazeer Ahmad, Legal Settlement of Kashmir Problem , Pakistan Army Journal , U.N. and Kashmir Issue , Pakistan Observer Daily, 15 November 1994

25.Nazeer Chaudhry , Islamic Requirements of Justice System, , Daily Markaz, 22 February1998

26.Nazeer Chaudhry , Islamic System of Saudi Arabia , Daily Markaz, 8 September 1998 Islamabad

27.Nazeer Ahmad , Face Reading : Integration of Forecasting and Prediction Technologies for Solution of Problems , Bazem –i- Alm –o-Fun Islamabad 2000

28.Nazeer Ahmad , Solution to National Problems , Daily Markaz, 21 September,1998

29.Nazeer Ahmad , Solution to National Problems , Daily Markaz, 3 April,1999,

30.Nazeer Ahmad , Solution to National Problems , Daily Markaz, April,1999

31.Nazeer Ahmad , Solution to National Problems , Daily Markaz, 11 April,1999, Islamabad

32.Nazeer Ahmad , Solution to Public Problems , The Exclusive Weekly, Islamabad, 26 September 1996

33.Nazeer Chaudhry, Budget and Unemployment , Asas Daily , 20 June 1999

34.Nazeer Ahmad , Time to Shake Hands With India , The Exclusive Weekly, Islamabad, 16 July 1991

35.Nazeer Ahmad , Face Reading : Integration of Forecasting and Prediction Technologies for Solution of Problems , Defense Digest Monthly, October 1992, pp 53-87

36.Nazeer Ahmad , We can’t Progress Without Science Education, Pakistan Observer Daily, 2 November 1994

37.Nazeer Chaudhry, South Asian Economy and Kashmir , Al Akhbar Daily, 16 October 1999

38.Nazir Ahmad Chaudhry, Peace, Security &Development, Daily Markaz, 17 Agust,1998, Islamabad

39.N. A. Chaudhry , Modern Technology Impacts of Defense , Pakistan Army Journal , 1994, pp62-74

40.N.A. Chaudhry , Tourism Development , The Parwaz Monthly Islamabad, June 1999

41.N.A. Chaudhry , Tourism Development in Pakistan , Friday News Weekly, 6 July 1999

42.N.A. Chaudhry , Tourism Development , The Parwaz Monthly Islamabad, September 1999

43.N.A. Chaudhry , Tourism Development , The Parwaz Monthly Islamabad, June 1999

44.Nazeer Ahmad , 21st Century Challenges for Our Engineers, Pakistan Observer , 11 December 1994

45.Nazeer Ahmad , New Trends in Energy Generation, Pakistan Observer Daily, 2 November 1994

46.Nazir Ahmad Chaudhry, Eastern Science of Medicine, Pakistan Observer Daily, 18 March 1995

47.N.A. Chaudhry, Kala Bagh Dam , Niwa –i- Waqat Daily, 14 July 1998

48.Nazeer Chaudhry, Pakistan –US Relations, Markaz Daily 22 July 1998, Islamabad

49.Nazeer Chaudhry, Pakistan –US Relations, Markaz Daily 28 July 1998, 1974.

50.Nazeer Chaudhry, Expected Attack on Atomic Instillations Pakistan , Osaf Daily 5June 1998,

51.Nazeer Chaudhry, Regional Cooperation and Pakistani Forces, Markaz Daily 30 June 1999,

52.Nazeer Chaudhry, Circulation of Money Al Akhbar Daily 17 February 2003, Islamabad

53.Nazeer Chaudhry, Solution of Unemployment Problem , Daily Subha, , 17 April 2004

54.Nazeer Chaudhry, Inflation, Unemployment and Terrorism, Daily Subha, , 9 August 2004,

55.Nazeer Chaudhry, Social and Economic Welfare of Society , Daily Ehsas , 6 April 1999,

56.Nazeer A. Chaudhry, Strategic Dimension of Pakistan, Submitted to Pakistan Defense Review, 2005

57.Nazeer A. Chaudhry, Solution to Kashmir Problem, Submitted to Pakistan Defense Review ,1995

58.Nazeer Chaudhry, How to End Terrorism, Daily Markaz , 8 November 1998 , Islamabad

59.Nazeer Ahmad Chaudhry , Neo Scenario for Armed Forces of Pakistan , Pakistan Army Journal ( Urdu) , Winter 2009 , pp 25-42

60.ibid, PAJ, The J curve , Rise and Fall of Nations by Ian Beemer , Book Review , pp107-108

61.Nazeer Ahmad Chaudhry , Science & Technology : New Challenges for Defense , Pakistan Army Journal ( Urdu) , Summer 2009 , pp 15-25

62.ibid, PAJ , Curveball: Spies, Lies and the Con Man Who caused a War by Bob Dorgan , Book Review , pp- 85-87

63.Nazeer Ahmad Chaudhry , Nuclear Strategy for Future , Pakistan Army Journal ( Urdu) , Winter 2008 , pp 45-55

64.ibid, PAJ, the Failure of American Foreign Policy and Next Great Crisis in Middle East by Ali M. An sari , Book Review , pp104-106

65.Nazeer Ahmad Chaudhry , Defense Strategy for Future , Pakistan Army Journal ( Urdu) , Summer 2008 , pp 42-51

66.ibid, PAJ , Winning the Right War by Phillips H Gordon, Book Review , pp 85-87

 

Photographed is the Back Bay skyline from (Rusty) Longfellow Bridge. The processing of this HDR is bit wild and cartoonish, which is not really my taste. But i think it is better to be different at times :)

 

The best part of this photograph is the rusted portion of Longfellow Bridge. It is colorful but sad at the same time. Hopefully the repairs will start soon.

 

To me, Boston looks like a transforming city. The city wants to be new yet it doesn't want to lose it's old charm. Welcome to Boston!

IBM Smarter Cities Business Unit Executive Poh Wah Lee demonstrates the ability to monitor and predict traffic patterns in Danang, Vietnam’s traffic control center. At right, Vice Chairman of Da Nang City People's Committee Phung Tan Viet describes new Smarter Cities technology from IBM in use to improve both transportation and water systems throughout the growing city. (Photo: Luong Thai Linh/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

an essay from nine years ago. in case you're not paying attention, AUTOKAR is in full swing as the greatest controlling force ever seen in the human history. we are only about five years away from the total control set up. i know a lot of you are afraid, but the reality will be insanely cool.

 

sure, there will be hacks and blips, but the overall result will transform cities all over the world that have reached an almost dead stand still because of the corruption of the single-controlled automobile.

 

be patient, it will all come true, now that essay from long ago ...

  

pile those children up --

  

simple denial shall rule!

vehicles of death.

  

******

  

it's been a long time since the unabomber days. but who really got the message? all ted wanted you to know was that the auto industry was KILLING us.

  

"Car Crash Stats: There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than 230 Billion dollars.

  

2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States -- one death every 13 minutes."

  

Read more: wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_deaths_are_caused_by_car_acci...

  

"The United States is home to the largest passenger vehicle market of any country in the world.Overall, there were an estimated 254.4 million registered passenger vehicles in the United States according to a 2007 DOT study. This number, along with the average age of vehicles, has increased steadily since 1960, indicating a growing number of vehicles per capita.

  

New York City is the only locality in the country where more than half of all households do not own a car (the figure is even higher in Manhattan, over 75%; nationally, the rate is 8%)."

  

In 2005, the Chrysler Group employed 83,130 people and sold 2.83 million vehicles globally, generating $57.4 billion in revenue.

  

In 2005, the Ford Motor Company had a total revenue of $178.1 billion.

  

GM is headquartered at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, employs approximately 327,000 people, sold 9.17 million cars worldwide, and had a $192.6 billion revenue for the year 2005.

  

AAA travel estimates

"The AAA estimates that the average American travels 12,000 miles a year.

  

Mileage estimates

The average vehicle in 2009 gets between 20 and 25 miles per gallon.

  

Gas usage

Take 22.5 miles per gallon as an average, and divide 12,000 miles by 22.5, for a total of 533 gallons used a year.

  

Gas costs

At $2.50 a gallon, the average American spends $1,333 on gasoline each year. At $2.75 a gallon, he spends $1467, and at $3 a gallon he spends about $1,600."

and then an addendum which "proves" that sanctioning items is not only a form of domestic terrorism in a "citizens' democracy" (but we're a republic heheheh), but that people WILL stop driving if it hits their pocket book hard enough. we will choose to spend money in our own neighborhood (or, as is the real goal, we'll hole up in front of energy cartel-based electronic systems of entertainment and reduce all of our concepts of mobility through a form of voluntary imprisonment) The AAA notes that "the amount of travel by Americans falls when the price of gasoline nears $4, which would lower the 12,000-mile average."

  

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) "32,885 people died in traffic crashes in 2010 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 10,228 people who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths last year."

  

the death in my own extended family of an amazingly talented and bright young man has caused untold havoc and grief in my own world and my relatives. it's unspeakably sad.

  

Ways to Avoid being a Drunk Driver*

With lack of adequate public transportation in many cities, it is sometimes difficult to get home late at night. Here are some suggestions:

Get a designated driver

Drink at locations within walking distance of your home

Call a cab

Search for services that will take both you and your car home if you are drunk

Look for public transportation in larger cities

Ask the bartender for help and let him know if you are the designated driver

Offer to pay for a cab or drive friends home if they are drunk

Drink nonalcoholic beverages

(*in australia it's called "driving drink". think about that. a much more accurate statement! if you're asking yourself if you've had to much to drink to drive, you're drunk or "drink enough" to know better than to drive. remember, the majority of incidents involving alcohol-related driving fatalities are not caused by chronic drinkers. it's oftentimes people using impaired judgment because they don't often consume alcohol only periodically and binge.)

  

*****

  

back to the automobile and some of the parts of its history we seem to have misinterpreted, at the time and still now.

  

for instance, i could go on and on about the reasons that ted sent letter bombs.

  

and you must you know this by now that ted is a man.

he wasn't the unabomber.

he never made up a nickname.

he wrote people and begged them to change.

he was really serious about this.

  

and then the wilderness he had retreated to was redeveloped by land developers.

  

and maybe it drove him to want to become a political martyr (political martyrs do not seek their own death, they seek the death of an idea that has become entrenched in the actions of others).

he knew that someone had to do it.

he knew that people have to die in order to change things that the majority is in denial about.

  

he also knew that when other human populations around the world followed the example of the united states of america, the real looming threats would be concretized and realized and thoroughly embedded. he foresaw the costs and he sent letter bombs to try and stop it by bringing media attention to his efforts.

  

Theodore John "Ted" Kaczynski ( /kəˈzɪnski/ ka-zin-skee, or ka-chin-skee; Polish: Kaczyński, pronounced [kaˈt͡ʂɨȷ̃skʲi]; born May 22, 1942), also known as the "Unabomber", is an American mathematician, social critic, and Neo-Luddite[2] who engaged in a mail bombing campaign that spanned nearly 20 years, killing three people and injuring 23 others.

Kaczynski was born in Chicago, Illinois, where, as an intellectual child prodigy, he excelled academically from an early age. Kaczynski was accepted into Harvard University at the age of 16, where he earned an undergraduate degree, and later earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan. He became an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley at age 25, but resigned two years later.

In 1971, he moved to a remote cabin without electricity or running water, in Lincoln, Montana, where he lived as a recluse while learning survival skills in an attempt to become self-sufficient.[3] He decided to start a bombing campaign after watching the wilderness around his home being destroyed by development.[3] From 1978 to 1995, Kaczynski sent 16 bombs to targets including universities and airlines, killing 3 people and injuring 23. Kaczynski sent a letter to The New York Times on April 24, 1995 and promised "to desist from terrorism" if the Times or The Washington Post published his manifesto, Industrial Society and Its Future (also called the "Unabomber Manifesto"), in which he argued that his bombings were extreme but necessary to attract attention to the erosion of human freedom necessitated by modern technologies requiring large-scale organization.

The Unabomber was the target of one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's costliest investigations. Before Kaczynski's identity was known, the FBI used the title "UNABOM" to refer to his case, which resulted in the media calling him the Unabomber. The FBI pushed for the publication of Kaczynski's "Manifesto" which led to his brother and his wife recognizing Kaczynski's style of writing and beliefs from the manifesto, and tipping off the FBI.[4] Kaczynski dismissed his court appointed lawyers because they wanted to plead insanity in order to avoid the death penalty, as Kaczynski did not believe he was insane.[5][not in citation given] -- LOL, sorry to interrupt, but this is so funny!!!!! >>>>>When it became clear that his pending trial would entail national television exposure for Kaczynski, the court entered a plea agreement, under which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Theodore Kaczynski has been designated a "domestic terrorist" by the FBI.[6] Some anarcho-primitivist authors, such as John Zerzan and John Moore, have come to his defense, while holding some reservations about his actions and ideas.[7][8][9]

  

so i guess a lot hasn't changed in our lifetime yet in terms of figuring out how to stop the auto cartels. but i do think the "managing" effects of the fall-outs from the automobile industry and our love of high speed travel have improved. we can thank ralph nader for that, but it will never give us back our lost freedom from rushing about madly.

  

i dream of a car-less city. an auto-less town with high speed transport and distribution systems that are pre-formatted to create a community and social arena the focuses on the prosperity of feeling content without yearning for excessive materialism or distraction or energy dependent forms of entertainment.

  

but when you add up all those massive numbers up above (i left out the whole litigation industry because it was too boring and scary to look into insurance and the first ten minutes were just bs redirects with no numbers -- pete, lance this one for me!!! you're good with this stuff), it doesn't seem like it will happen soon.

  

how in the world can public transport compete with such a blistering economy boom booster like the automobile?

  

and if we really think about what the automobile really means (the ability to travel great distances away from the ones we love and then return to them), no wonder they have been giving cars away for almost FREE over the past 15 years! fking boomerang economics!!!! hahahahaha how can you lose?!!?

  

it's the exact same holy trinity (the open-ended errand-running of materialism) as slave ships that stop in one spot to pick up a commodity after dumping the slaves.

  

****The first stage of the Triangular Trade involved taking manufactured goods from Europe to Africa: cloth, spirit, tobacco, beads, cowrie shells, metal goods, and guns. The guns were used to help expand empires and obtain more slaves (until they were finally used against European colonizers). These goods were exchanged for African slaves.

  

The second stage of the Triangular Trade (the middle passage) involved shipping the slaves to the Americas.

  

The third, and final, stage of the Triangular Trade involved the return to Europe with the produce from the slave-labor plantations: cotton, sugar, tobacco, molasses and rum."*****

  

so yes, i guess the threat is still normal...

  

but i'm asking you, what kind of cool things can old cars be used for or turned into?

americans have the resources for greatness parked outside in our front yards!

Plans have been sent to the Government by Derby and Nottingham city councils, showing the route from Nottingham to Derby, taking in Toton and Long Eaton, as well as a separate arm to East Midlands Airport via Castle Donington.

 

A provisional application for the start of the extension has been shortlisted for approval, meaning the councils can now submit a full bid to the Government.Nottingham City Council has also been given £50,000 to prepare the main bid, which is expected to be submitted in the summer.

Under new designs which have been produced as part of the bid, the line to Toton park and ride would be extended to the yet-to-be-built HS2 station at Toton sidings. The initial TCF funding bid received support from the Chamber of Commerce, East Midlands Airport, Nottingham Trent University , Toyota and Rolls-Royce.

It said: “To achieve effective connectivity we must continue to develop transport infrastructure and build on high quality public transport services such as Nottingham Express Transit and SkyLink bus network.

"This means evolving our mass transit system and key bus corridors and capitalising on planned investments.

“Exploiting mass transit is fundamental to unlocking the full potential of new land use and transport gateway opportunities. We have well-established successful modes that can be extended, such as the Nottingham tram. We could also use tram–train technology in existing rail corridors.”

A previous feasibility study by East Midlands Councils found the journey time between Nottingham Station and Derby could be 61 minutes.

It also said journey times from Nottingham could be: 33 minutes to the HS2 station; 36 minutes to Long Eaton; and 56 minutes to East Midlands Airport.

Other ideas to improve transport connectivity were also included in the bid, including cycle and bus upgrades.

Shorter extensions, including to the yet-to-be-built 3,000 home development at Clifton pastures, and a second through Netherfield to Gedling are also still being considered, and may be included in the main bid.

Marketing Derby also wrote in support of the bid, saying: “In truth, the Derby-Nottingham Metro area requires a step change in its transport infrastructure if the two cities are to continue to provide their contribution… to the East Midlands.“The arrival of HS2 at Toton could be the catalyst for this step change, but will need supplementing by schemes that improve connections between, and within, the two cities and their wider hinterland.”

A Nottingham City Council spokeswoman said: “There is a long term aspiration to improve connections to East Midlands Airport, which is being explored regionally through the HS2 Growth Strategy.

“Our focus at the moment through Transforming Cities is on exploring the feasibility of short extensions such as in Clifton and to the HS2 hub. The results of these studies will determine whether tram network extensions form part of our bid.”

A spokeswoman for Derby City Council added: “As a council, we are committed to improving air quality, cutting carbon emissions and making all sustainable transport in the city more accessible and more attractive to people.

"We very much look forward to continuing to work closely with Nottingham City Council, transport providers and partners to improve connectivity around the region.”

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Many decades ago, Dead Horse Bay was a little finger of water protruding into Barren Island, the southernmost of a group of marshy islands that once lay off the coast of Brooklyn at the mouth of Jamaica Bay. Barren Island was infamous for the more than two dozen malodorous industrial enterprises that called it home over the years. According to the NY Times:

 

From the 1850's until the 1930's, the carcasses of dead horses and other animals from New York City streets were used to manufacture glue, fertilizer and other products at the site. The chopped-up, boiled bones were later dumped into the water. . . .

 

In the 1860's, fish oil plants were established along Dead Horse Bay. The oil was used to tan leather and mix paints and the scraps were used to make fertilizer. When the factories faded in the 1890's, the New York Sanitary Utilization Company was established to transform city garbage into grease, soap and fertilizer. The processing and horse-rendering industries, at their peak, supported a population of 1,500. Barren Island, however, had no public water, sewage system or fire department, and nearby communities complained endlessly about the horrendous stench of its factories.

 

The city stopped sending garbage to Barren Island in 1919. And as the automobile became more popular, "the number of horse carcasses in Dead Horse Bay dwindled . . . and by the 1920's only one rendering plant remained."

 

In the late 1920s, to create a site for Floyd Bennett Field, the city's first municipal airport, Barren Island and its neighbors were transformed into a peninsula, connected to each other and the Brooklyn mainland (a.k.a. Long Island) with millions of cubic yards of sand pumped up from Jamaica Bay. The airport opened in 1931, and the final rendering plant on what had been Barren Island closed around the same time.

 

According to Robin Nagle, the anthropologist-in-residence at the Department of Sanitation, the bottles and other items lying on the beach of Dead Horse Bay (the name has lived on even as the geography has been radically altered over the years) were dumped there in 1953:

 

All this stuff got here when Robert Moses was expanding the landfilling of garbage around the city, which was especially urgent after the United States Supreme Court told New York it could no longer dump garbage at sea, which we had been doing for centuries. That Supreme Court order took effect in 1934. From that point forward, we started building landfills and incinerators all over the city. Everything we see here was placed here sometime between early February and mid-March of 1953, and it's all from somewhere in Brooklyn — I'm not exactly sure where yet, but I'm working on that — and these are homes, the debris from homes that were razed to make way for various forms of urban renewal and highway construction.

 

Howard Warren, who has been visiting the shoreline of Dead Horse Bay (now part of Gateway National Recreation Area) since 1987, says he didn't start seeing debris emerging on the beach until 1991, but now more and more of the old landfill is being uncovered every day.

 

You can read a little about life on Barren Island here, and see some old photos of the place here. A lengthy 1899 Brooklyn Daily Eagle article about the island (part 1, part 2) offers an enthusiastic report on the garbage-processing and animal-rendering plants, from which I have excerpted the following:

 

Not many of the millions of persons who make up the throngs on New York's thoroughfares know that there is gold in the garbage they see scattered over the streets and lying in the gutters. Fewer still know the method by which the gold is extracted. To the average member of the great public the banana peels, watermelon rinds, dirty rags, tin cans, rotted fruits and decaying vegetables are simply parts of a great nuisance. They are of no value and only of importance because they are an offense to both the senses of sight and smell and a menace to the public health. . . .

 

But this same garbage is worth $2,000,000 a year. That is very nearly the exact sum annually realized from the filthy stuff after it has passed through the plant of the New York Utilization Company, which disposes of all the garbage of the City of New York. Two big twin factories on the extreme eastern end of Barren Island convert the kitchen refuse and vegetable matter into commercial commodities and two other plants near by, but under a different management, take the putrid flesh of all the animals that die in the city and make it into some of the most valuable articles of daily use.

 

High priced commodities for the market are manufactured from the mass of reeking filth that is daily gathered from the streets and from the back yards of the New York residents. Costly toilet soap that is advertised as being made from purely vegetable oils is manufactured from this garbage. The finest of lubricating oils on the market are made from the carcasses of the dead animals. Candles that burn in golden candlesticks are molded from grease that is pressed out of the city's refuse. Fresh vegetables on the table to-day were given their flavor and nutritious qualities by fertilizers manufactured from the refuse of vegetables that were on the table a year ago. The dirty rags picked up with the street garbage and gathered with the kitchen slops are sold again from the stationery stores as white paper and discarded tin cans are melted to be used in a part of the construction of the finest mansions in the city.

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Jan van der Heyden (1637-1712)

 

Oil on panel

 

46 x 56.7

 

Acquired by George IV when Prince of Wales by 1811

 

Veere was a small, walled and moated town in Zeeland on the strait between Walcheren and Noord Beveland. The Zeeland ports – Brielle, Vlissingen and Veere – still have a mythic significance for the Dutch as the first towns captured by the Sea Beggars from the Spanish during the Eighty Years’ War, in April and May 1572. However, it is clear from contemporary maps that this is no topographical view of Veere: the Groote Kerk is entirely accurate, as is the general effect of brick fortifications and drawbridges; however, the palace to the right and the circuit of high ground leading from it towards what appears to be a Roman aqueduct are all entirely imaginary. Van der Heyden used monuments from cities lying at some distance from his native Amsterdam – Cologne, Düsseldorf and Veere – more freely than local ones. His patrons, mostly also from Amsterdam, might recognise a far-off church, but would happily accept any urban context the artist chose for it. On the other hand this view has nothing of the caprice about it: it feels like a real Dutch town, whether or not the original owner knew it or thought of it as Veere.

 

There are untended, and therefore picturesque, elements in this city view – a beggar, some vegetation growing though old brickwork – but the general effect is of neatness, order, security and prosperity. This is a real version of those ideal chessboard cities painted by artists of the Italian Renaissance. To have had such a wide, brick-paved road outside the gates of a city would have seemed especially remarkable and should be compared with contemporary views of Rome.

 

Jan van der Heyden (1637-1712) spent his working life in Amsterdam though he travelled extensively. He transformed cities as well as painting them. In 1668 he proposed to the city of Amsterdam a system of street lighting which would prevent burglaries and people falling into the canals in the dark; as a reward he was made ‘Overseer and Director of the Lanterns Lit by Night’ in 1669. In 1671 Jan and his brother Nicolaas invented a two-handled pump which is the origin of the fire engine; this gained them both in 1673 the position of ‘Supervisors of the City Fire Pumps and Fire Equipment’. These prominent and well-remunerated posts meant that Jan van der Heyden did not need to paint for money, yet his works were sought after by international and local collectors.

 

Signed lower right corner: I. V. Heyde

World Trade Centre Hull.

 

World Trade Centre Hull & Humber is the first facility of its kind serving the UK's northern and central regions. It provides a one-stop shop for UK based organisations looking to operate more effectively at an international level and also offers a specific entry point for global organisations looking to do business in the Humber region.

 

The World Trade Centre will place Hull & Humber on the world stage with the aim of growing the economy through the promotion of our key strengths;

 

• The Humber Ports is the largest ports complex in the UK;

• The central location in the UK and access to Northern European trading routes;

• The transforming city of Hull;

• The expertise at the University of Hull;

• The global organisations already operating in the area;

• The city region’s existing and growing economic sectors.

The Awe of Becoming a Global and Financial Business Hub, Dubai Has More Widely Attracted People and the Business Corporate From Around the World to Get to the Ground Level and Also Considered as the World’s Most Dynamic Transformed Cities in Modern History.

 

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Old pic of footpath/sidewalk near Patny looking towards CTO Junction (Paradise) bordering Parade Grounds before making way for the metro rail piers.

 

This sidewalk has now been restored for Republic day celebrations 2015

 

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The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) has restored this foot path along with few others (Rail Nilayam & Sanchalan Bhavan).

 

Restoration work can be seen here in this pics-

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Hyderabad Metro Rail constructing fountain, garden, and footpath at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad in Hyderabad on Monday. Photo: G. Ramakrishna

 

You can see the pics of the restored portion near Parade Grounds entrance gate-

 

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Europe, Netherlands, Noord Holland, Zaandam, Intel Hotel (Molenaar en van Winden) (slightly cut from B & T)

 

Whimsical, farcical, post-modern, ironic, escapist, a typical artifact of 'the society of the spectacle'…all of these things are probably applicable to the architecture of this hotel and its surroundings – the transformed city centre of Zaandam ( a result of the Inverdam urban plan: here)

 

Sjoerd Soeters, the architectural supervisor of the Inverdam plan and the one who enlisted the archictects (Molenaar en van Winden) blamed them for plageriasm: here. He charged them with using his image language without giving him proper due.

 

This was curious business…how can there be plagiarism in post-modern architecture, which is basically the reworking of architectural pre-modernist clichés? As if the Disney Corporation sues a photographer who captures a blond and slender in-bred dog with long legs, claiming that he infringes upon the copyright of one its characters (Pluto).

 

And do I like it ? In a certain way I do, I must admit - not because I like its aesthetics, but because it’s delightfully deconstructivist (definition: a building that looks like a mess) and this kinda short circuits the nostalgia, the clichés... The hotel is a contradiction of itself. It turns irony around …… and makes the viewer wonder who actually the joke is on ;-)

 

San Diego, Ca. our continuous transforming city skyline!

"They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world."

Beth Clark, Kisses from Katie

 

The little things matter.

 

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The Capital City of Canada going under some drastic rapid development and transformation.

It's not often you see a sea of construction cranes like this in a Canadian city, or any city of a million people for that matter, but it's happening here.

 

This is the ICE District, a massive new development covering 25 acres of mainly former parking lots in downtown Edmonton. It is anchored by Rogers Place, the new NHL arena for the Edmonton Oilers, and to be surrounded by three new skyscrapers from 130m (the one rising to the right), one 190m tower, and one 250m tower (both to rise from the pit). There will also be a large public plaza in the centre, and the old Greyhound station will also soon be demolished and replaced with a movie theatre complex, grocery store, and another tower of between 160 to 190m in height.

 

The 250m tower is also of particular interest: not only will it stand over 100m above the city's current tallest building, but will also be the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto.

 

To say that this is transforming our city and downtown would be an understatement, which is why I'm really enjoying documenting the transformation in photos.

 

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“Fascinating. . . . Williams tells the story of La Guardia and Roosevelt with insight and elegance.”—Edward Glaeser, New York Times Book Review

 

City of Ambition is a brilliant history of the New Deal and its role in the making of modern New York City. The story of a remarkable collaboration between Franklin Roosevelt and Fiorello La Guardia, this is a case study in creative political leadership in the midst of a devastating depression. Roosevelt and La Guardia were an odd couple: patrician president and immigrant mayor, fireside chat and tabloid cartoon, pragmatic Democrat and reform Republican. But together, as leaders of America’s two largest governments in the depths of the Great Depression, they fashioned a route to recovery for the nation and the master plan for a great city.

 

Roosevelt and his “Brain Trust”—shrewd, energetic advisors such as Harold Ickes and Harry Hopkins—sought to fight the Depression by channeling federal resources through America’s cities and counties. La Guardia had replaced Tammany Hall cronies with policy experts, such as the imperious Robert Moses, who were committed to a strong public sector. The two leaders worked closely together. La Guardia had a direct line of communication with FDR and his staff, often visiting Washington carrying piles of blueprints. Roosevelt relied on the mayor as his link to the nation’s cities and their needs. The combination was potent. La Guardia’s Gotham became a laboratory for New Deal reform. Roosevelt’s New Deal transformed city initiatives into major programs such as the Works Progress Administration, which changed the physical face of the United States. Together they built parks, bridges, and schools; put the unemployed to work; and strengthened the Progressive vision of government as serving the public purpose.

 

Today everyone knows the FDR Drive as a main route to La Guardia Airport. The intersection of steel and concrete speaks to a pair of dynamic leaders whose collaboration lifted a city and a nation. Here is their story. MORE

 

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528 pages, Paperback and ebook

June 2014

Cover design by Martha Kennedy

 

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Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Saturday January 21, 2017

 

Ellen Woodsworth is the founder and chair of Women Transforming Cities International Society and as such, speaks around the world about ways to bring out women's suggestions for how their city could become safer and more suited to their needs.

 

She sat on the Vancouver city council for six years, and through this and beyond has championed issues such as affordable housing and homelessness, electoral reform, environmental sustainability, women's rights, seniors' rights, LGTTBQ rights, racism, free trade, and economic equality.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

From this historic collaboration between a beloved naturalist and a great American photographer emerges a South we’ve never encountered before.

 

Entranced by Edward O. Wilson’s mesmerizing evocation of his Southern childhood in The Naturalist and Anthill, Alex Harris approached the scientist about collaborating on a book about Wilson’s native world of Mobile, Alabama. Perceiving that Mobile was a city small enough to be captured through a lens yet old enough to have experienced a full epic cycle of tragedy and rebirth, the photographer and the naturalist joined forces to capture the rhythms of this storied Alabama Gulf region through a swirling tango of lyrical words and breathtaking images. With Wilson tracing his family’s history from the Civil War through the Depression—when mule-driven wagons still clogged the roads—to Mobile’s racial and environmental struggles to its cultural triumphs today, and with Harris stunningly capturing the mood of a radically transformed city that has adapted to the twenty-first century, the book becomes a universal story, one that tells us where we all come from and why we are here. MORE

 

Book Details

230 pages, Hardcover

October 2012

Jacket design by David Skolkin

Published by Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company

 

www.wwnorton.com

www.facebook.com/liverightpub

 

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Transform city parkland to performance space.

  

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

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Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

Students from the Elizabeth Public School in grades 8-12 recently completed a beautification project on Elizabeth Avenue, painting decorative murals on Traffic Utility Boxes at seven locations throughout the district.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) the Downtown Management Corporation for the Elizabeth Special Improvement District and funded in part from an Investors Foundation Grant.

 

On Monday, April 30th, students painted 20 renderings onto the formerly gray and drab traffic boxes depicting the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. As part of the project, students submitted artwork over a two-year span, which were chosen by a committee from the EAP. All in all, 11 schools were represented with about 25 students participating in the project and overseen by their art teachers. The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Goethals Bridge, Cultural Flags, Latin Instruments, The new River Walk, the new Elizabeth River Trail, the Waterfront, Cityscape Downtowns, a Colorful Dove, Cherry Blossoms, Glass Mosaic and the Minuteman Statue were represented. Logos from the respective schools were painted on the sides of each box. A group even painted a Georgia O’Keefe inspired mural entitled, “Plug Into Spring” where the roots of a tree doubled as an extension cord being plugged into an outlet.

 

“Despite some rain and cold conditions the students and teachers braved the weather and really made the boxes come to life,” said David Strochak, EAP Executive Director. The talent exhibited during this project was mind blowing.”

 

EAP officials say this effort is a way to brighten up the community.

 

“I was driving around in other towns, and I noticed these signal boxes that were decorated nicely,” says EAP Vice Chairman, Emerson Amador. “I said, you know what, we need to put a plan in action to make ours prettier.”

 

“On behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, I would like to thank Elizabeth Avenue Partnership and the City of Elizabeth for providing our students the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination with the community,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Arts education is an important component of the instruction we provide at our schools. I am excited that our students’ artwork will be displayed at various locations, revealing not only their exceptional artistic talents, but also their pride in being an Elizabethan through their unique perspective of Elizabeth culture.”

 

During the kickoff ceremony at Union Square Plaza, Mayor Bollwage joined representatives from the EPS and EAP to kick off this first annual Mural Project where nearly 100 entries were received over the last two years from students who were asked to depict the culture, history and beauty of the City of Elizabeth. The project was the brainchild of the EAP under then chairman Emerson Amador who wanted to bring a sense of beauty and community pride to the district through student art. Funds for the project were generated from an Investors Foundation Grant, written by EAP Executive Director Dave Strochak.

 

“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am happy to kick off this project, as it not only showcases the history and culture of Elizabeth, but it gets our youth involved while adding a creative element to the Avenue. Congratulations to the students chosen to share their artwork.”

 

“This has been in the planning stages on Elizabeth Avenue for quite some time and we are so pleased to be working with the wonderful art departments at the Elizabeth Public Schools again to decorate and beautify our district,” Strochak said. We thank all of our partners and of course the Investors Foundation for this opportunity.”

 

The Investors Foundation, who had Vice President, Razie Dauti and Branch Manager David Miguens on hand, is dedicated to supporting creative initiatives to diverse community organizations that support Arts and Education, Health and Human Services, Youth and Affordable Housing in the communities Investors Bank serves.

 

“Our focus at Investors Bank is to build strong business partnerships with each community we service,” said David Miguens, Elizabeth Branch Manager. “It is not only a pleasure to help support the EAP but a necessity to be fully involved in such organizations to ensure that our towns are safe and clean and we can help educate the people who live and work in Elizabeth.”

 

The EAP has been operating since 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of managing the Elizabeth Avenue shopping district including, safety, security, street cleaning, parking, beautification, promotions and events.

 

“The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership is thrilled to welcome the students of our community into our district,” said EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez. They have an opportunity to leave a lasting impression through their art work for the residents, merchants and shoppers on Elizabeth Avenue. We are grateful that the Art Department of the Elizabeth School District is providing the students with this great opportunity to showcase their talents for everyone to see. Congratulations to the students!”

 

This is the second time the EAP has worked with the EPS Art Departments, the first being the widely popular Wooden Toy Soldier Exhibit which decorated Elizabeth Avenue for the holidays.

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Public Schools. Story submitted by Elizabeth Avenue Partnership.

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