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A Walk Through Newark - with David Hartman and Historian Barry Lewis
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2002 and Beyond

Each April, the Branch Brook Park's Cherry Blossom Festival attracts over 10,000 people.
NJPAC (above) has attracted over 500,000 people every year since its inauguration, and the Newark Museum (below) houses one of the country's finest exhibits of American art.
In 1970, Newark became the first major northeastern city to elect a black mayor, Kenneth A. Gibson, and hope for an urban renaissance emerged in the 1980s with new residential and commercial construction.

In 1995, the opening of Society Hill, a 980-unit middle-income condominium complex in University Heights kicked off a recent housing boom. A $24.9 million HOPE I grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development resulted in the construction of New Community Hills, 206 townhouses completed in 2000 on the former location of the Hayes Homes public housing complex in the Central Ward. And the nonprofit, community-based organization, La Casa de Don Pedro, has now built 100 low- and moderate-income housing units in the city. These projects are part of a trend of replacing the high-rise public housing projects built during the '50s and '60s with modern developments.

By 2000, Newark led the state of New Jersey in new private residential construction. Moreover, according to the 2000 Census, the city's population had stabilized, decreasing only 0.6 percent since 1990, suggesting that decades of massive population exodus are coming to an end.

Newark continues to thrive off its location, in the middle of one of the nation's busiest transportation networks. Three miles outside of town the Newark Airport -- the busiest in the New York metropolitan region -- is currently undergoing $3.8 billion in new construction. One of the largest truck terminals in the country is in Newark, and Port Newark, on Newark Bay, is still among the nation's largest ports for containerized cargo.

Yet most of the focus of Newark's revival has been directed toward recent cultural and entertainment developments in the heart of downtown. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in particular has been cited as the catalyst of the current city center building explosion. The $187-million, 2,700-seat facility opened across from Military Park in October of 1997, and has been drawing over half a million visitors each year. Two years later, just up Broad Street, the $30 million Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium opened across from Washington Park, bringing minor league baseball back to Newark for the first time since 1950. The city also hopes to begin construction of the $355-million Newark Arena, a proposed 18,500-seat new home for the New Jersey Nets basketball and New Jersey Devils hockey teams.

The immigrant community in the Ironbound continues to thrive, now populated by a mix of Portuguese, Brazilians, and Hispanics.
Other downtown renovations include the 50-acre University Heights Science Park, a collaborative venture between Newark's higher education institutions (Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Essex County College, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey), the City of Newark, and private corporations that began opening in 1996. The FBI will soon be opening its New Jersey headquarters downtown, as well, occupying the top seven floors of a twelve-story, $83 million high-rise (Newark's first in over a decade): the Claremont Tower, which will sit on the west bank of the Passaic River, and hopefully spur the development of the $76 million Joseph Minish Waterfront Park.

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