A Geographer's View of Jersey City
Grace Church Van Vorst Sanctuary
39 Erie Street (entrance on Second Street)
Urban planner Luke Schray is back by popular demand with an updated presentation on how specific places in Jersey City and Hudson County reveal clues that unlock the story of forces that shaped this place and give hints as to how it might be shaped in the future. Using old maps that show land features that have disappeared or are difficult to discern after centuries of human intervention, Luke will share the surprising ways in which landmarks, ranging from Dickinson High School to the Barrow Mansion to the Embankment structures to McGinley Square and others, can call our attention to episodes of change that have shaped not only Jersey City but also the United States and the earth itself.
His 45-minute whirlwind presentation will be followed by Q&A. First presented in May 2015 to an overflow crowd, the presentation will this time take place in a larger space in the hope that all interested can be accommodated.
Luke has a Bacehlor of Science degree in Geography from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of City Planning from the Masschusetts Institute of Technology, and a background in urban design and affordable housing develoopment. Luke grew up in Pennsylvania on the other end of the Morris Canal, using forgotten space around the Lehigh Valley Railroad as his playground. He now resides in the Village neighborhood in Jersey City, where he serves as a co-director of the Brunswick Community Garden and recently joined the board of the Embankment Preservation Coalition.