Weekly Snapshot: Newark is Building for Business

BY JUSTIN BAKER RHETT
July 7, 2011

The Newark Paramount Theatre. Image courtesy roccocell

After suffering from the crippling effects of urban decay for decades, Newark, New Jersey city officials, lead by Mayor Cory A. Booker, are facilitating the development of 700 million dollars worth of construction projects in Newark this year. Mayor Booker has used state subsidies to help lure major companies such as Panasonic and Manischewitz to establish headquarters in Newark. While some critics believe these developments will fail to solve many of the cities most pressing issues, including unemployment, many consider the new construction projects to be a radically positive shift in the city’s trajectory.

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L.A. Prepares for Worst and Hopes for Best in Freeway Shutdown
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