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Sunday, March 25, 2012
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I pass this building most every day on my way to work. But only recently did I notice it. Pretty sad looking. I wanted to get some shots just to capture the down mood of it.

But it also reminds me that there were once many old buildings like this in northern NJ; I’m old enough to remember that. The ones out in the suburbs were mostly knocked down and replaced by new housing or shopping malls in the 60’s and 70’s. A lot of junky buildings survived in the urban neighborhoods into the 80’s, but gave way to re-development efforts by the mid-90s. Somehow this one, in the Central Ward of Newark, escaped notice thus far.

There are new townhouses and condos all around this site; it probably would already have been redeveloped but for the mortgage crisis of 2008. Looks like it was some sort of mini-factory, maybe a fabric sweatshop of some kind (Newark used to have a lot of those). Whatever, it will soon be gone. Take one last look at the funky grunginess that was once common throughout the older neighborhoods in NJ.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 7:05 pm      

  1. Jim, Is this a residential area? If so, the building defnitely needs sto come down. If it’s an industrial area, perhaps one day, sooner rather than later, it will again be used to employ people.

    Hopefully, either way it will be useful to people rather than the problem it likely is now. I know here in the Midwest these types of buildings are a menace. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — March 26, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

  2. It’s an old wood frame building, so typical of Old Newark. Other cities had brown stones and other masonry buildings, and many have been rehabilitated and gentrified. For example, in New Jersey, we have Hoboken, but I’m thinking of the German Village section of Columbus, Ohio in particular. Newark never enjoyed that advantage. It’s housing stock, and even its factories, were constructed of wood. The factories were intermingled with the homes because there were no zoning laws. After years of neglect, they became rotted, run down, or burned down. And so old hulks like this one must be torn down to make way for the new. My paternal grandparents settled in Newark when they immigrated in 1910. Their neighborhood is long gone, replaced with basketball courts! Al Lacki

    Comment by Allan Lacki — April 16, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

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