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Old April 14th, 2008, 05:27 AM   #1
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Downtown Newark - Still Look'n Bleak

The NJ Devils built a new arena in the middle of downtown Newark - I guess so that they could play in hell on earth. Actually, if you step out of one side of the arena, it looks like Newark might be becoming a functional city (This is the side that leads the suburbanites to the highway).
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But once you start to explore the immediate area a bit...
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Old April 14th, 2008, 05:36 AM   #2
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Ya, the 3rd pic doesn't look very nice.
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Old April 14th, 2008, 11:59 AM   #3
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Nice pictures
thx for sharing
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Old April 14th, 2008, 04:36 PM   #4
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So much potential... It's a shame.

Thanks for the pictures.
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Old April 15th, 2008, 12:54 AM   #5
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A Few More

Yes, there is tremendous potential given that the city is only 12 miles west of Lower Manhattan and has a direct subway link to NYC. It seems that the NJ Performing Arts Center (built 10 years ago) and the Hockey Arena have had some results and there's all this talk of new residential development, but
I have yet to see anything good besides the renovation of one of the 1930s Art Deco Skyscrapers into rental units. It's called 1180 and I think it was totally vacant for 30 years.

The tall, tan building in the images below is 1180, which is one of the bright spots in the "old" downtown Newark right now.
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Here are a few more images of the gritty/empty streets of downtown.

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Old April 15th, 2008, 06:38 AM   #6
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wow. this was Downtown Orlando 15 years ago before it's rebirth (except i know that Newark has hundreds of years more history). what helped us: rich gays moving in and buying property. i love the character and i hope it also gets a rebirth.
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I remember as a kid my mother taking me downtown to Bamberger's and S. Klein. Newark was such a lively city back then. Honestly though you took a lot of pics when the stores were closed. My last visit the downtown retail area was packed with shoppers. Nice pics.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 12:48 AM   #8
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Yeah, I did take some of those photos on a Sunday afternoon when a lot of stores are closed. Still, most of the retail is really "low rent" kind of stuff like dollar stores.

I've heard that the major real estate owner of downtown properties, Cogswell, said that a lot of the older buildings will just have to be torn down and replaced due to years of neglect.
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Old April 17th, 2008, 10:42 AM   #9
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great photos!

what a shame, it looks pretty run down. some great buildings too.
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Old April 17th, 2008, 05:36 PM   #10
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Lots of nice historical buildings, reminds me of Buffalo, NY.
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