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Tell the National Trust that New Jersey Matters! Vote Today

June 20, 2011

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has selected the local advocacy groups for two New Jersey landmarks to be a part of their 2011 “This Place Matters Community Challenge.” The Embankment Preservation Coalition (Jersey City) and Main Street Maple Shade are competing against 98 other local preservation advocacy groups nationwide for one of three top prizes of up to $25,000. Your vote can help them win!

The Harsimus Branch Embankment, Jersey City

The Embankment Preservation Coalition is  the leading voice in support of preserving Jersey City’s landmark Pennsylvania Railroad Harsimus Branch Embankment. This turn-of-the-century elevated rail embankment, listed as one of PNJ’s “10 Most Endangered” in 2006, is threatened with demolition to make way for residential development. Demolition would not only erase the landmark itself but would also have immediate impacts on the approximately 300 properties and thousands of residents along the half-mile length of the site. Through dedicated advocacy and events, the Embankment Preservation Coalition aims to preserve and revitalize this rare surviving remnant of Jersey City’s days as a rail hub, one of few remaining green spaces in the area,  as a unique historic recreational green space.

Main Street Maple Shade is working to enhance and revitalize downtown Maple Shade, a classic South Jersey town. Building off intense civic pride and a determination to preserve and improve

Clock Tower, downtown Maple Shade

Maple Shade’s downtown, locals pulled together and earned the town a Main Street designation in just two weeks. Through events, advocacy, and education, Main Street Maple Shade is maintaining historic downtown Maple Shade’s rightful place in a vibrant local economy.

Historic preservation often depends upon local advocacy. These local groups are working hard to save New Jersey heritage, and they need your help! Click here to learn more about the National Trust’s “This Place Matters Community Challenge” and vote before June 30 to secure up to $25,000 for these Garden State treasures!

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