Should Mayor Roberts do this?

Here’s an interesting concept. The Mayor of Newark moved to the crappy area of the city in an effort to clean up drugs and violence.

Would Roberts or a member of the City Council be willing to do this? I think that would be a good step for our “altruistic” Mayor.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,,-6228809,00.html

Newark Mayor Moves to Rough Neighborhood

Monday November 20, 2006 10:01 PM

By JANET FRANKSTON LORIN

Associated Press Writer

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Some residents of a drug- and gang-plagued neighborhood of boarded-up houses and empty lots are hoping their new neighbor will bring improvements.

Mayor Cory Booker left his apartment in a dilapidated public housing high-rise last week for the top unit in a three-story rental on Hawthorne Avenue on the south side of New Jersey’s largest city.

“I think he’ll clean up the neighborhood,” said Cynthia Flowers, 38, as she shopped at a store two doors away. “There won’t be as many people hanging out on the corners. It’s a great thing.”

Flowers, who lived on Hawthorne for 14 years and still lives nearby, said she has noticed a heavier police presence in the last week: “It’s not as scary as it used to be.”

Others were skeptical of Booker’s motives and questioned whether his presence will do any good in the area, which has a few newly built homes.

“He thinks that his presence is going to change it, but he can’t be on every block,” said Samere Ore, 23, who lives about three blocks from the mayor’s new abode. Ore said children as young as 9 join gangs in the district.

The 37-year-old mayor is paying $1,200 a month plus utilities for the apartment that he moved into on Thursday.

“I wanted to live in a place where I could make a difference,” Booker said.

Newark, 10 miles west of Manhattan, has long struggled with crime and poverty. Among large cities nationally, only six have lower incomes than Newark, where the median household income was $30,665, according to recent data from the Census Bureau.

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11 Comments on "Should Mayor Roberts do this?"

copperplum
Member

I just admire Cory so very much. He has to be the most real and least full of bs politican alive !
Hope he stays safe.

westy
Member

Why should he? He has nothing to gain.

He already owns the council seat from the projects.

Every election cycle he has his driver take him there and has his police guards walk around with him for about a half hour before he returns to his mother’s mansion on Hudson Street.

It has worked for him why change now?

Skywalker
Member

The day Mayor Roberts moves into the projects on 4th & Jax is the day East LA wins the award for best Mexican food in Hudson County!

oceanbloo
Member
oceanbloo

I love this guy, Cory Booker. I hope that he is mind-bogglingly successful while being clean and not corrupt. Then I want that to be the standard for mayoral behavior for every city.

MichaelLenz
Member

I’m all in favor of Mayor Roberts moving to ANY sort of area in Newark, or Newton, or Nutley, or any other town…Hoboken has suffered enough. 😉

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