Geography professors and students at Rowan University are involved in a mapping project designed to plot how New Jersey's landscape changed between 2007 and 2012. One early finding has been that the economic recession didn't halt housing growth in the state. "The previous wisdom has been that because the economy downturns that development has stopped," said John Reiser, coordinator of the university's Geospatial Research Laboratory. "That hasn't been the case."

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