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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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Newark, NJ has improved quite a bit since the late 60s and early 70s. There is a lot of new housing, new office buildings, new schools, even some new jobs here and there. But there are still more than a few “pocket neighborhoods” where things remain a bit run-down. Here are a few shots from a little “pocket” on North 6th Street between Interstate 280 and West Market Street.

Above, the aftermath of a housefire, awaiting demolition . . . which doesn’t happen very quickly in these parts. Notice the ferocious attack cat guarding the premises.

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A little fixer-upper, about a block down.
A not-so-old factory, out of business. These little places once provided real jobs and tax revenues for cities like Newark, but mostly died off over the last 30 years.
On a slightly more cheerful note: one of those “relic-mobiles” that you see scattered about in urban neighborhoods; and those guard cats at work, keeping a wary eye on a stranger taking pictures (i.e, me).
◊   posted by Jim G @ 6:35 pm      

  1. Jim, Abandoned houses and buildings and houses in the beginnings of being abandoned! Every time I see one or think of one I think of “The Wire” and the grim and awful function abandoned houses played in that show. Not a good kind of thing to see in a neighborhood. Almost always the start of the block, neighborhood going downhill.

    I think of the person (can’t remember who he was any more but what a fine service he did for society) when he said that the start of a neighborhood going downhill was one broken window that was not fixed. And he started keeping neighborhoods from going downhill by fixing a broken window in a neighborhood that nobody else fixed. I’ve lost track of what happened to that person.

    Strangely enough, the cats look very much like feral cats we have here in the forest preserve across the street. What is it about cats that, once they become feral (basically abandoned initially by an owner who dumps the cat in the woods when he/she can’t care for it any more or simply wants to get rid of the animal) that they seem to adapt to the black/white color? Adapting that color combination must have something to do with survival of cats in the woods.

    I would hesitate to approach those cats with no special equipment. While they may look cute and nice, I think they may be another story should they feel threatened in any way. They might first run and never be found until “the coast was clear”; or they may simply hide and come out only at night. That’s what it seems the feral cats by us do – or so I’m told by someone who sees them at night. I never see them during the day and would not know they are there but for being told by the individual who sees them at night.

    They live in a kind of wilderness in the midst of all the “urban” around them. Which thought makes me wonder if the abandoned houses themselves are the beginning of cities returning to what they had been initially. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — September 25, 2014 @ 6:35 pm

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