living and working in Newark


 Allan Howard
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Star Rating 9/7/2009
I grew up in Newark in the 40s and 50s it was a place to live and have fun in relative safety. Something happened in the late 60s to change that, it was called the riots. Somehow, in spite of what present city leaders want you to believe, the city never fully recovered. I spent over a quarter of a century as a police officer in Newark and when i retired there were still vacant lots in parts of the city that had once held homes and businesses before the riots. Newark in the minds of the city leaderw may be in a revival but i would not walk certain streets at night. I was asked many a time how i could be a police officer in Newark, my response was how could you be in Newark and not be a police officer, crime was constant all around every day.
 

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 Peter Fischer
I too was in Newark during the 50's. The riots didn't kill Newark. It was in decline before that. My feeling is that the Housing projects fostered crime and poverty. The "Projects" destroyed the private housing stock in the city and the anti-free market city council bled the property owners until they cried Uncle and fled the city in mass. Newark is a study in Socialism. Today 1-2010, Newark is in further decline due to the housing polices of their government. Stupid is as stupid does.
 

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