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  • May 2007 – The Daily Newarker
    the city do no better than a frustratingly inefficient regular city bus to get people to and from a supposedly statewide festival The real question in my mind is whether these two facts that businesses stayed closed during a potentially lucrative day and that there was no efficient and rapid way to get to the site of the festival are symptoms of a broader social pattern of neglect dare I say discrimination of events of importance to the African American community Both events deserved better service and support from the city from businesses and from NJ Transit Which of our elected officials will make their voice heard on this issue Author Ken Walker Posted on May 30 2007 Categories Uncategorized Tags Newark 1 Comment on Memorial day weekend a celebration Does this Mean Hands Off Mulberry Street If you hear waves of cheering coming from Mulberry Street later today it s not a pre party for Portugal Day 2007 festivities in the Ironbound More than likely it is the Mulberry Street Coalition reacting to the Public Advocate s report that NJ towns have abused eminent domain for development purposes Every paper in the state is reporting on this one as is the Star Ledger Newark officials are going ahead with plans for a multi phase redevelopment of Mulberry Street and has refused to exclude the use of eminent domain as a last resort tool to assemble land for future phases of the project The Mulberry Street Coalition has been going toe to toe with City Hall on this issue even taking them to court over it What will City Hall say now Citing abuses of this process by local officials the state public advocate yesterday urged legislators to overhaul of the law that permits New Jersey towns to seize land for private redevelopment Ronald Chen said towns officials have exploited the law to include desirable properties in so called blighted areas seize land without notice low ball landowners being pushed out and rubber stamp projects where they have a personal interest The findings in this report crystallize the urgent need for our Legislature to change the state redevelopment law Chen said A proposal has been stuck in committee in the Senate for a year Others defend the law as written and urged caution about changes With a broad brush this indicts the process as if it were cavalier said Attorney Edward McManimon III whose Newark firm has represented many towns making use of the redevelopment law It doesn t show enough respect for what the local officials go through They make those decisions and they re not easy and they re held accountable for them Author Ken Walker Posted on May 30 2007 Categories Uncategorized Tags Business Development Donna Mitchell Newark 1 Comment on Does this Mean Hands Off Mulberry Street How Would Global Warming Affect Newark The Star Ledger has a post on a report about global warming would affect New Jersey Report paints dismal picture of a hotter N J The report issued by the Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center and entitled An Unfamiliar State contains some pretty heady warnings about the results of global warming Wildwood s famous boardwalk could be underwater Smog in the suburbs heat related deaths in Newark and beetle infestations in the Pinelands all could worsen The Holland Tunnel could be closed every five years on average because of flooding From rising sea levels to deteriorating air quality no part of New Jersey would escape the negative consequences of unchecked global warming a report released today warns The report frequently highlights affects on Newark both as New Jersey s most populous city and as a major transportation hub Summer in the city isn t like summer in the country Anyone who has walked barefoot across the street on a hot summer day knows firsthand that pavement absorbs a lot more heat than grass While rural areas tend to cool off at night the asphalt and brick in cities continue to radiate heat through the night keeping temperatures elevated in cities around the clock Add the waste heat from air conditioners driving and other city activities and cities become islands of heat For example Newark tends to be more than 5 F hotter than rural parts of New Jersey Summer in the city isn t like summer in the country Anyone who has walked barefoot across the street on a hot summer day knows firsthand that pavement absorbs a lot more heat than grass While rural areas tend to cool off at night the asphalt and brick in cities continue to radiate heat through the night keeping temperatures elevated in cities around the clock Add the waste heat from air conditioners driving and other city activities and cities become islands of heat For example Newark tends to be more than 5 F hotter than rural parts of New Jersey As a result Newark and other urban areas in New Jersey will be more vulnerable to the public health impacts of increased heat waves caused by global warming During heat waves prolonged periods of elevated temperatures in cities can have a serious impact on public health During a heat wave individuals unable to maintain a stable temperature of 98 F suffer from heat exhaustion heat stroke and eventually death The elderly the young or the chronically ill are the most vulnerable In the United States heat waves are currently responsible for more deaths than hurricanes or any other severe weather event One of the worst heat waves in recent history occurred in Europe in August 2003 centered on France Temperatures soared to above 100 F and remained abnormally elevated for two weeks At least 35 000 people died as a result including 14 802 in France alone In Newark in the 1990s hot temperatures defined as days with high temperatures above 90 F affected the region for an average of 14 out of 92 summer days However unchecked global warming will make such hot

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  • April 2007 – The Daily Newarker
    a platform of reforming city government said he plans to return any political contributions from city employees that find their way into his campaign coffers The mayor said he s trying to change an old poisonous tradition in city government where employees felt as if their jobs depended on stuffing their boss s campaign treasury But some city employees say they are still feeling the pressure to raise money for the mayor s campaign Reporters Mays and Schuppe go on to describe how some city workers are compelled to sell tickets to the aforementioned fundraiser Still as the article progresses it seems that either some folks didn t get the message that this kind of coercion is illegal McCarthy said he has spread the word through his top brass that an officer can only sell a ticket if he or she is off duty participating voluntarily and is not conducting business on city property Anyone caught breaking those rules will be disciplined he said We re not going to shove tickets down people s throats he said Your advancement or lack thereof in our agency will not be based on political contributions or selling of tickets When he signed an executive order establishing the ban Booker touted it as a bold step toward reforming city government Campaign records show Booker received 226 856 in contributions from 245 employees during the 2006 election cycle just a portion of the record smashing 7 million total he raised Booker said the new complaints show that workers still think there is pressure even when there isn t We are trying to change a culture where tickets were stapled to paychecks This culture will not change on a dime Booker said Is it Booker s motivation to have city employees subtly encouraged to raise funds for him I highly doubt it this is the same mayor who was criticized for bringing in massive amounts of funding from outside the city to crush his opponent why would he put the pressure on city workers to raise cash now This does look like some post traumatic stress on the part of city workers from city workers and just points to the long road ahead for this administration to get everyone on the same page Author Ken Walker Posted on April 29 2007 Categories Uncategorized Tags Finances Government Politics City Hall Reform Leave a comment on Cory Booker Power Broker II Moody s still considers Newark a safe investment Jeffrey Mays of the Star Ledger reports that Moody s Investor Service has maintained its bond rating on the city of Newark despite the budget drama Newark retains its bond rating Newark s bond rating was left unchanged by Moody s Investors Service despite a looming budget deficit of up to 170 million and its continued reliance on one time cash infusions to balance the budget But unless Newark can repair its massive structural budget deficit that may change With 277 million in outstanding debt Newark s bond rating will remain at Baa2 with a stable outlook the same level it was downgraded to in January 2005 The ranking puts Newark at an average level of credit worthiness compared with other municipalities The rating is used to determine the likelihood that a bond issuer will default The higher the rating the better the interest rate Newark s debt is secured by the city s ability to raise taxes City officials used 115 million in the 2007 budget from the settlement of a lawsuit with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey over airport and seaport lease payments That is almost equal to the 116 million the city expects to raise in property taxes this year and is the biggest cause for concern said Edith Behr vice president and senior analyst of public finance for Moody s Investors Service The reliance on one time nonreoccurring revenues from the Port Authority settlement allows them to support operation in the midterm but when those revenues decrease and expire the city will have to identify alternative revenues or create efficiencies to maintain stable operations Behr said Our rating reflects the efforts in place by the new administration to increase revenue and reduce expenditures As time goes forward not too much time we will be able to assess how well those plans are being played out Business Administrator Bo Kemp said the city is looking at several ways to save money and to increase revenues Mayor Cory Booker has said that everything including layoffs is on the table except cuts to police and fire service This is good news for the city inasmuch as the city government can still borrow cash to fund large initiatives as it did by raising 220 million to fund the Devils Arena Still the implication that if the city government can t work out its books by this time next year our credit rating and our ability to bring businesses into the city takes a beating As an aside it s interesting to note that Booker s going on record here that we won t see decreased fire and police service if push comes to shove That should come as a relief to many of us as the city continues to battle drugs and violent crime So if Booker won t cut police and fire to solve the 70 million or so budget gap next year where do you think it will come from Author Ken Walker Posted on April 29 2007 Categories Uncategorized Tags Finances Government Leave a comment on Moody s still considers Newark a safe investment City Hall quiet about the NTU billboards lately City Hall has been pretty quiet since the hoopla last month over the Newark Teachers Union billboards and one wonders if it s because of articles like this brilliant piece from Joan Whitlow at the Star Ledger Newark ought to fight crime not battle over signs In the meantime Arthur Stern a developer said tenants in his newly renovated 1180

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  • March 2007 – The Daily Newarker
    payments In November they received their first foreclosure notice The Booker administration should take note you can clean up the streets of drugs and gangs bring business and jobs and provide healthcare facilities but the foreclosure crisis will only add to our already large number of working poor And we already know that poverty adds to all of the other ills our city now endures For those who lost their shirts in unfair home financing who have clear cases of abuse by predatory lending firms Newark Now should step in and provide pro bono legal counsel to bring those lenders to accountability The city should also seek to expand its efforts to provide financial education to city residents and seek to teach fiscal discipline so those who might be thinking of taking out risky loans can think through the long term consequences of their actions Providing leadership here would be a huge win for the Booker team by bolstering credibily with the community as well as provide a national standard for urban transformation Author Ken Walker Posted on March 28 2007 Categories Featured Tags Business Development Foreclosure Living 2 Comments on Subprime Lending Impact on Newark The Newark Teachers Union Infuriating Ad Campaign So a few months ago when the Newark Teachers Union took out billboard ads across the city condemning the spike in gun related violence I understood that it was a response however misguided to the pain the community was feeling at the time But this is getting ridiculous Since then the campaign has only grown bigger Almost anywhere you go throughout the city billboards and public transit bus banners plead HELP WANTED Stop the killings in Newark now Here s a glimpse of the ad from one of the highways past the city Katie Wang at the Star Ledger recently covered Newark business owners reaction to the campaign Merchants and mayor say billboards are hurting business Arthur Stern chief executive of Cogswell Realty the developers of the luxury high rise apartment complex at 1180 Raymond Blvd was so frustrated by the billboard that he decided to rent the space out with his own advertisement One of the six billboards is located in Military Park on Broad Street facing the apartment complex We felt it wasn t very helpful with regard to our marketing efforts for 1180 and the general image of the city said Stern Wang notes that the Teachers Union backed a political rival to Mayor Booker during last April s election suggesting the ad campaign is a political tactic The massive Associated Press coverage of the union s adamant unwillingness to take the ads down would seem to be politically driven because there s just no other way to interpret the signs Let s take a look Help Wanted Okay fine Newark is looking for help To do what And from whom Stop the killings in Newark now Got it Help Newark stop the killings Sounds good Where do I sign up Paid for by the Newark Teachers Union Joseph Del Grasso President Huh But how do I help stop the killings Every sign throughout the city says the same exact thing with no actionable steps to take to help reduce Newark s crime problem This leaves one to wonder who is the intended audience for these signs Is it suburbanites Doubtful we re not telling them how to help so they keep driving City residents Maybe but there isn t a phone number or website to get more information so we re left being confused Oh well maybe it s the thugs doing the killing They re the ones who have direct control over the situation to stop the crime right But it s just not likely that a billboard telling them to stop is going to change anybody s mind who s tangled up in a turf war or drug deal Or maybe it s the city government and I think this is the right answer The NTU is publicly ridiculing the city administration s apparent inability to contain crime But rather than work with City Hall to try to turn their neighborhoods around they ve wasted tens of thousands of dollars airing their dirty laundry in a massive FUD fear uncertainty and doubt campaign The question behind the question is what do they hope to get out of it Author Ken Walker Posted on March 26 2007 Categories Uncategorized Tags Crime Safety Joseph Del Grasso Newark Newark Teachers Union Politics City Hall 20 Comments on The Newark Teachers Union Infuriating Ad Campaign Homicide Rate in Newark on the Rise The Star Ledger as an excellent report on Newark crime rates compared with the national average Crime study grim on Newark slayings Here s the spoiler Newark s jump in homicides is way higher The study which contains 2006 data being made public for the first time shows that the 25 percent increase in Newark murders between 2004 and 2006 was nearly two and a half times the average of those 56 cities Chuck Wexler executive direc tor of the research forum said the study clearly establishes that violent crime is on the increase in many though not all parts of the country But he said some cities often those with the kind of gang problems that plague Newark have seen more bloodshed than others Crime in the United States looks substantially different in the last two years than it has for some time Wexler said If you look at Newark it is the kind of city that has been really hard hit by this Tell us something we didn t know While the Booker administration contends that crime is down month over month in the past six months since police director Garry McCarthy was appointed the news is pretty sad One of the reasons the study points to for the increase both here and across the country is that a large number of prisoners have finished their jail terms and returning to

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  • February 2007 – The Daily Newarker
    are retaliating against him she said waiting for a bus in the cold Thursday When he took office it got worse He s trying but the gangs are letting him know they run the city Booker has claimed previously that the James administration left him an already growing rise in crime and while his efforts look good on paper residents are concerned that he might not be able to turn the tide Booker is an excellent speaker but tonight s speech will take more than Maya Angelou quotes to quash the perception that Booker s first six months in office have been mired in a losing battle against the gangs in our city Author Ken Walker Posted on February 8 2007 Categories Uncategorized Tags Crime Safety Government Politics City Hall Leave a comment on Booker to Give State of the City Tonight Search for Search Recent Comments The Simpsons Monora on NorthJersey com writes AirTrai Chad Sykes on Forbes thinks vertical farming Drug trade turf disp on Brick City Cast Member Shot De Noted Newark Schools on Newark Launching Community Sch David on Forbes thinks vertical farming Archives Archives Select Month February 2016 3 December 2015 19 May 2015 3 April 2015 22 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 June 2013 14 May 2013 5 January 2013 2 November 2012 1 September 2012 2 July 2012 38 June 2012 21 April 2012 1 August 2011 1 November 2010 1 June 2010 8 May 2010 3 April 2010 12 March 2010 37 February 2010 56 January 2010 25 November 2009 15 October 2009 31 September 2009 28 August 2009 28 July 2009 2 June 2009 8 May 2009 13 March 2009 3 February 2009 9 January 2009 8 December 2008 23 November 2008 26 October 2008 29 September 2008 48 August

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  • January 2007 – The Daily Newarker
    favorite street in Newark see my tours Martin Luther King Blvd 1 and Martin Luther King Blvd 2 Check it out the Times article Did anyone here know that Barnes Noble was looking to set up shop downtown The article also contains the crucial bit of intelligence that Cogswell is looking to start renovation work on the Hahnes and Griffith buildings next year Once Hahnes is refurbished how long will it be before something can be done with the old Lincoln Motel site Does anyone know if anything is happening with the old Westinghouse factory by Broad Street Station Anyway everyone who knows Newark knows that the Renaissance is both real and hyped In the late 1950s early 1960s people were talking Newark about a Newark revival with exactly the same vocabulary that they re talking about a Newark revival now In the July 31st 1961 issue of the NYTimes the Times said the following about the Colonnade Apartments the Colonnade is attracting young professional and white collar families The group had previously been drifting to the Newark suburbs or commuting to the city from New York and other places The development has also been attracting older couples and families with homes in the suburbs whose children have grown and moved away As evidenced by all the fine apartments built on Mt Prospect Ave and Elizabeth Ave then there was certainly more redevelopment going on in Newark in the 1950s and 1960s than there is today Author Ken Walker Posted on January 6 2007 Categories Featured History Tags Architecture Business Development Featured History Jeff Bennett Newark 2 Comments on NYTimes on MLK Boulevard Manischewitz Expands Newark Operations A common misperception some people have about Newark is that the city s industry is a thing of the past Well informed people know that Newark used to be an industrial colossus but knowledge that Newark still has a great deal of industry is something of a secret Well if you live in the Northeastern US and you drink Rolling Rock or Budweiser chances are that your beer was Newark brewed If you build a house in New Jersey it s a decent possibility that some of your building materials like sheetrock were made in Newark This may not affect all readers of this site but Newark is gaining another jewel for its industrial crown a new 15 million expansion for the Manischewitz matzah factory That s right the Passover staple is now going to be made in Newark According to an article in the New Jersey Jewish News The article is in the Dec 28 Jewish News the article is online but the NJ Jewish News website uses frames and I cannot link to it To find the article go to the Jewish News website s list of articles and go to the article With one last matza run Manischewitz is selling its 75 year old matzah factory on Bay Street in Jersey City to Toll Brothers who plan to build a

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  • December 2006 – The Daily Newarker
    style In other area arena news the New York State Public Authorities Control Board voted to approve the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn This massive 8 million sq ft project will include office space housing and an arena for the New Jersey Brooklyn Nets This was the Atlantic Yards project s last regulatory hurdle to clear Up until now I had some hope that Newark might get the Nets after all Author Ken Walker Posted on December 21 2006 Categories Featured Sports Tags Featured Jeff Bennett Newark 1 Comment on They re naming it The Prudential Center Newark Violent Crime Covered on NPR The city of Newark made the NPR home page today Leading Newark One of America s Deadly Cities NPR covered the larger increasing trend of violent crime in the United States and focused on Newark whose violent crime this year will reach an all time high in particular When reporter Michelle Norris challenged Mayor Booker on these statistics he claimed improvements made to the city police organization to combat what was already a rising tide of crime before he took office Booker cited statistics that on a month over month basis shootings have declined since July and that Newark was the only city his administration was aware of that has produced a 20 drop in shootings Norris also spoke to the Mayor about his background living on the streets of the city his personal encounter with violent crime and his new home in yet another gritty neighborhood Like the rest of the country Newark N J has seen an increase in violent crime In fact the city is on its way to setting a record for murders this year Mayor Corey Booker who took office in July lived in a housing project in one of the city s grittiest neighborhoods Shortly after he was elected to the city council Booker went on a 10 day hunger strike and moved into a tent in front of a notorious housing project to call attention to an open air drug market Then he quieted critics who dismissed the move as a publicty stunt by moving permanently into the Brick Towers a housing project in Newark s Central Ward Booker moved out recently but only because he and a dozen other holdouts were evicted to make way for bulldozers Michele Norris talks with Booker about crime and his life in Brick Towers Author Ken Walker Posted on December 20 2006 Categories Uncategorized Tags Crime Safety Newark Leave a comment on Newark Violent Crime Covered on NPR Search for Search Recent Comments The Simpsons Monora on NorthJersey com writes AirTrai Chad Sykes on Forbes thinks vertical farming Drug trade turf disp on Brick City Cast Member Shot De Noted Newark Schools on Newark Launching Community Sch David on Forbes thinks vertical farming Archives Archives Select Month February 2016 3 December 2015 19 May 2015 3 April 2015 22 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 June 2013 14 May 2013 5 January 2013

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  • November 2006 – The Daily Newarker
    city where racial tensions have escalated from a steady simmer to a raging boil Allison Block Copyright American Library Association All rights reserved Brett Ellen Block doesn t list her New Jersey connection in her book jacket biography but she is originally from Summit Her father was a Newarker of Polish extraction Ms Block had a book launch on November 1st at the New Jersey Historical Society Author Ken Walker Posted on November 20 2006 Categories Uncategorized Tags Jeff Bennett Newark 1 Comment on New Newark novel Pay to Play Goes Away New York Times Ethics Bills Up for Vote in Newark The Times has a write up on the recent ethics reforms Booker has written for city law The new laws would substantially curb the Pay to Play methods used by the previous administration for years to keep select contractors getting choice development deals while leaving other potentially more efficient contractors out in the cold The reforms also aim to increase the transparency of the political process by establishing declaration rules for political contributors From the Times Among the six ordinances that the Council is expected to approve on Wednesday is a rule that outlaws fund raising on public property and another that creates a position of inspector general to oversee complaints of fraud and ethics breaches The measures will apply to both the mayor and the nine council members as well as to future candidates All but two of the current council members were elected in July Mr Booker has also said he would sign a separate executive order on Wednesday that forbids municipal employees from giving money to mayoral candidates This legislation will put Newark on the cutting edge of pay to play reform not only in New Jersey but in the nation said Harry Pozycki chairman of the Citizens Campaign an advocacy group that helped draft the legislation It basically draws a line in the sand against corrupting influences and says Newark is open for honest business Craig Holman the campaign finance lobbyist for Public Citizen the government watchdog group said he knew of no other city that had passed such far reaching ethics reform legislation This is massive he said Even localities that have endured a grave scandal haven t gone this far The city council voted last Thursday on whether or not to approve the changes They voted to establish three of the six ordinances claiming they wanted more time to evaluate the others having to do with campaign finances Star Ledger analyst Joan Whitlow isn t discouraged about the halting reforms which she is keen to point out are still historic for Newark and for New Jersey Rather she asks some skeptical questions of an administration that has already displayed a few of the tactics used by certain former mayors Here s Joan And speaking of pay to play did I point out that the Booker administration gave more than 1 million in no bid legal contracts which the council approved to nine firms seven of which had made campaign contributions to the Booker team Or that the administration tried to give a 17 500 contract to a firm connected to Carl Sharif the mayor s campaign director 17 500 being the magic number that puts contracts outside of state pay to pay rules Does Wednesday s fanfare mean officials are ready to practice what they preach I hope so because unless someone s planning to push through contracts that would be prohibited after Jan 1 there is not much lost by having the council vote next month and there is something important to be gained Glad to see the Ledger continue to hold this administration accountable even if it is being led by the young and talented rock star Cory Booker Author Ken Walker Posted on November 8 2006 Categories Featured Tags Government Newark Reform 2 Comments on Pay to Play Goes Away NY Times Chronicles Booker s 1st Year in Office The New York Times has begun a series entitled The Hard Part which will chronicle the young mayor s first year in office After having completed his first 100 days in office which Booker established as a crucial measure of his success during his first week as mayor the Times reports the expected mixed results New York Times A New Mayor Tests His Promises on Newark s Harsh Reality The Times has already moved this content to the subscription Times Select service but a trip to the local library let me grab these salient quotes After a campaign in which Mr Booker sailed into City Hall with a landslide 72 percent of the vote to replace Sharpe James the 20 year incumbent mired in accusations of malfeasance he has found running New Jersey s largest city more challenging than he ever expected To watch his new team up close is to witness the clash between political promises and the nitty gritty of governing to see goals and plans sidelined by the realpolitik of race and budget gaps and to experience the frustratingly sluggish pace of change Turning Newark into the paragon of American cities sounded nice in campaign speeches but 100 days in the ambitious 37 year old mayor is starting to settle for a city that is a little less bruised Campaigns are run on emotion and white knuckle grit he has discovered while governing demands ruthless dispassion to tolerate reordered priorities and a disappointed public In these early days of his administration Mr Booker has infuriated homeowners by pushing through an 8 4 percent property tax increase to fill a deficit he did not anticipate His openness with the press has sometimes backfired such as when an offhand comment about needing to shrink the municipal workforce of 4 000 by as much as 20 percent angered the City Hall rank and file Firefighters union officials were irked by a reorganization of the department that led to the closing of three firehouses And stepping up arrests he has learned

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  • September 2006 – The Daily Newarker
    a beans and pork dish and tutu a mineira a type of beef stew topped with eggs and sausage A couple of Flickr users have taken some great photos of the festivities and the fantastic food jasonperlow who writes a culinary blog called Off the Broiler and even posts a great video of some food preparation plugnyc Author Ken Walker Posted on September 10 2006 Categories Uncategorized Tags Festival Ironbound East Ward Newark 2 Comments on Brazilian Festival on Ferry Street Booker Announces Police Director New York Times New York City Crime Strategist Picked as Director of Newark Police Force Looks like a good pick by the Mayor McCarthy is experienced analytical and high tech Here s hoping he can produce results quickly The mayor s choice Garry F McCarthy a 25 year veteran of the force has been the New York Police Department s deputy commissioner of operations for the past seven years a period in which violent crime has dropped significantly Mr McCarthy 47 helped set up Compstat the data collection program for crime statistics embraced by the Giuliani administration and since adopted by police departments nationwide Garry McCarthy is the leader Newark has been looking for said Mayor Booker who has made public safety the linchpin of his administration I m confident that with his leadership combined with all of our efforts across the city we will create a nationally recognized model for crime reduction Author Ken Walker Posted on September 8 2006 Categories Uncategorized Tags Newark Newark Police Department Leave a comment on Booker Announces Police Director Newark makes strides local urban municipalities struggle Newark Star Ledger In Newark Signs of Hope Katie Wang s article about Newark last week indicates that the percentage of Newark citizens in poverty has dropped four points and that household incomes are up 14 percent Some are calling it a sign that the city is on the rise again slow as it may be but Wang notes anecdotally that surrounding areas continue to struggle as the poor are displaced Jon Van Til a professor of urban studies at Rutgers Camden said the figures support a national trend that shows cities on the rebound after being abandoned Newark has in recent years not been viewed as viable but there s been an awful lot of effort to do that center city revitalization said Van Til These figures might be consistent with a bit of what we are beginning to see elsewhere of the displacement of poor families Despite the increase the household median income of 30 665 is still well below the state median of 61 672 And the percentage living in poverty is almost double the national figure of 13 percent The Census Bureau defines poverty as a family of four living on an income of 20 000 Author Ken Walker Posted on September 6 2006 Categories Uncategorized Tags Business Development Newark Leave a comment on Newark makes strides local urban municipalities struggle Search for Search Recent Comments The Simpsons

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