Newark mayor doesn’t want his city to be ‘another Brooklyn’
Although high-rise, upscale developments are being constructed and new stores are occupying long-vacant storefronts, “Newark must not become another Brooklyn,” its mayor vowed.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has announced a 15-member commission to oversee the city’s development and prevent the displacement of its 280,000 residents, according to nj.com.
“We have to have a place to sit down and eat, we have to have housing in our community, we have to have wealth in our neighborhoods, we have to have the same things that other communities have,” Baraka added.
More than half of Newark’s children live in low-income homes, and the city’s median income is $37,000, nj.com said. Seventy-eight percent of all residents are renters as opposed to homeowners