Im not responding to this to cause debate or anything, but there are some factual stuff that are plain wrong here. Poverty levels in the city is closer to 28-32%, not 50%. I do not know where you got that number from as no study from private parties to the government confirms that at all. As for painting the mayor as anti-development, that is also a false narrative. I am no fan of the man, but his administration has fast tracked many of the ongoing MARKET RATE apartments in the city right now. Hell, his administration gave 777 McCarter massive tax breaks to get that project going during the pandemic, has pushed through many infill projects in the neighborhoods, and just recently gave Vibe a huge tax break to get that project started. All, if not the majority, are MARKET RATE apartments which is opposite of this narrative you keep building about the mayor. It is fair to be critical about the city's current pace of development, but I do think constantly comparing Newark to JC is a bit ridiculous when we should be comparing the city to where it was in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and the 2000s... anyone who looks at where we were at to now will see significant change in how the city is run and the type of development that the city has been attracting since '07. Hell, even major credit companies that can make or break a city's finance have noticed a change and have put their outlook on the city as stable, even after the pandemic. As for constantly looking at the one councilwoman's statement as the be all end all of the city's government outlook is just a bit disingenuous, she is only one person of 9 people on the council and her outlook has not changed the way the city has gone about getting development in and pushing through new projects during the pandemic.... so while I understand your concern regarding her comments, the actions of the council has been completely contrary to what she has been saying so either she is an outlier in the government, or she is just saying these things to appease her constituents but acting in a way that is contrary to what they want.Thanks Mr.Sinclair, that's not good news. I fear that we may lose some of them, if not all. Everything is happening in Jersey City, while Newark gets bits and pieces of new quality development. Newark sure has much more urban blight and poverty. Jersey City is going to overtake Newark as Jersey's largest city with the 2020 census. Newark is more crime ridden and people are afraid to come to Newark. As soon as you get off one of I-280's exits you are greeted by a welcoming committee of panhandlers going up to the cars stopped at the traffic light. Things like that go a long way in people's perception of the city, and it sure ain't a good one. Quality of life issues like that must be addressed. Newark has become a haven for the poor and downtrodden while Jersey City is succeeding. I'm just stating the facts, not trying to put the city down. However when a member of the city council says that she "doesn't want to see people who don't look like her moving to Newark ", that kind of statement is way out of line, not to mention anti-development. As I said before, I think that some gentrification would benefit the city of Newark. As of present home ownership, owner occupied property in Newark is something like 22%, which is very low. While the population that falls below the poverty level is almost 50%, and a third of all Newark residents are on some form of public assistance. Poverty breeds crime, alcoholism, addiction and other social ills, I'm sure most of you guys are aware of that. The mayor is happy with Section 8, low income and public housing and the city really needs the complete opposite, housing for people with good jobs and a good income. The city can not survive without a mix of different income levels. There are constantly large fires in Newark while Jersey City doesn't even come close to Newark in regards to fire activity, yet their fire dept is a bit larger than Newark's, and Newark is using some apparatus dating back to the mid 90's. Jersey City, Paterson and Elizabeth all have up to date fleets of fire apparatus. And there are no plans on new purchases in the current capital budget. They are always breaking down and have to use spare fire engines and ladder trucks. Also, many vacant abandoned buildings and homes. Sad but unfortunatel true. I wish Newark nothing but success but unfortunately don't see it on the horizon.
As for the 16 story tower on Halsey, I dont think you have much to worry about. As I have talked about many times on this forum, affordable does not equal low income housing. That tower is right in the heart of downtown next to the 3 major colleges, Pillar college, Berkley College, St. Michael's Hospital, and all the jobs downtown. This project will most likely attract students, young professionals with a starting salary, and hospital workers, seeing as the apartments on halsey (not named Hahnes) are already filled by people in those demographics and the rent of those apartments are stabilized. I get that the name of the company who will get this project going brings back bad memories, but you have to realize that that was like 40 years ago and the people proposing this project are from Manhattan and most likely have no connection to the people who were proposing the original project. Thus, I dont think your negative outlook on this project really calls for you to be negative as affordable rents for downtown will not attract people who have income on the lower end of the spectrum. Plus, it is substantially better than the empty warehouse type building already there.
Outside of my response to J.Del, I just wanted to say I appreciate the constant updates on this forum. It is very exciting to see all these new projects breaking ground in the city, even with the pandemic. Hopefully, when everything goes back to being normal, the work that the city has been doing during the pandemic can lead to more growth in the city. Lastly, I really hope a good chunk of the the new jobs that will come with the new terminal at the airport will be given to Newark residents... for too long, people of our city have been kept out of jobs situated in the city to the detriment of our neighborhoods and the benefit of the surrounding towns. Its time we change that, and it starts with opening up more opportunities for community members and stopping our overreliance on outsiders to fit the work base of the city when we have more than enough able body people here looking for work. Also, we should really be pushing to have the train station at the airport open up to the community as its ridiculous that a key piece of infrastructure that would benefit the south ward is just closed off, but everyone else gets to use it.
Anyway, cant wait to see what the next few months brings, especially as we get closer to Shaq 2 going vertical.