I have not seen anything like it in the
city. There are new homes being built everywhere.
The old Hooten's Chocolate factory site on 5th Street (between
Park and 4th Avenues), and its parking lot across the street, is
covered now with new, and quite attractive, single- family homes.
The former Dugan's Bakery plant on 4th and 3rd Streets is being
knocked down as new single-family homes are being built.
Sussex Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets is the site of a whole
block of new homes.
It's like this everywhere I wander.
The quiet blocks between Roseville Avenue and the old Girls Vocational
School on 13th Street has new homes being squeezed onto empty lots.
In fact, I do not think you can buy any empty lots in that area.
They are all committed. Even old homes are being taken down to put
new homes up. It's like this all over the city from what I can see.
Something is happening in Old Newark.
It's having quite an effect on the schools too, as they are bulging
at the seams. What we remember as big open schoolyards, are now
crowded with temporary schoolrooms at just about every school.
How many of you remember how close Abington Avenue and First Avenue
Schools are? You can see one from the other. Now they are both so
overcrowded that a new school is being built between them--on the
site of the old Coca-Cola bottling factory on First Avenue between
6th and 7th Streets.
Something magical is happening in Old Newark