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Newark Airport City a Sphere of Influence

Newark Airport City is being developed as a natural progression and innovation to demonstrate performance and market growth, designed to better connect and provide Newark Liberty International Airport, travelers, visitors and industry  greater access and convenience to services, amenities and interest, through better utilization and engagement of indigenous and available resources.  

The Role of Newark Airport City:

  • To raise awareness and build collaborations for Newark Airport City as a new economic engine
  • To build strategic partnerships with industry leaders; business, corporate and resident stakeholders
  • To facilitate public engagements for marketing and public input 
  • To identify new area business interest and marketing opportunities
  • To cultivate and integrate for local, regional and global market impact

See What People Are Saying

"One of the ten ideas that will change the world."

Time Magazine, 2011


An aerotropolis is a metropolitan subregion where the layout, infrastructure, and economy are centered on an airport which serves as a multimodal "airport city" commercial core. Airports have become key nodes in global production and enterprise systems offering them speed, agility, and connectivity. They are also powerful engines of local economic development, attracting aviation-linked businesses of all types to their environs. These include, among others, time-sensitive manufacturing and distribution facilities; hotel, entertainment, retail, convention, trade and exhibition complexes; and office buildings that house air-travel intensive executives and professionals.

The rapid expansion of airport-linked commercial facilities is making today's air gateways anchors of 21st-century metropolitan development where distant travelers and locals alike can conduct business, exchange knowledge, shop, eat, sleep, and be entertained without going more than 15 minutes from the airport. This functional and spatial evolution is transforming many city airports into airport cities.

As more and more aviation-oriented businesses are being drawn to airport cities and along transportation corridors radiating from them, a new urban form is emerging—the Aerotropolis—stretching up to 20 miles (30 kilometers) outward from some airports. Analogous in shape to the traditional metropolis made up of a central city and its rings of commuter-linked suburbs, the Aerotropolis consists of an airport city and outlying corridors and clusters of aviation-linked businesses and associated residential development that feed off of each other and their accessibility to the airport. A number of these clusters such as Amsterdam Zuidas, Las Colinas, Texas, and South Korea's Songdo International Business District have become globally significant airport edge-cities representing planned postmodern urban mega-development in the age of the Aerotropolis.

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Edge City   .......................concentration of business, shopping, and entertainment outside a traditional downtown......

"Edge City" is an American term for a concentration of business, shopping, and entertainment outside a traditional downtown (or central business district) in what had previously been a residential or rural area. The term was popularized by the 1991 book Edge City: Life on the New Frontier by Joel Garreau, who established its current meaning while working as a reporter for the Washington Post. Garreau argues that the edge city has become the standard form of urban growth worldwide, representing a 20th-century urban form unlike that of the 19th-century central downtown. Other terms for these areas include suburban activity centers, megacenters, and suburban business districts.


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