Star Ledger: Duo seek to bring sparkle back to West Ward
The West Ward initiative is a pilot program that is designed to rebuild a neighborhood using a grassroots approach. That means selecting local developers who hire Newark residents to build and restore homes. Officials have vowed that community input will play a large role and have emphasized they do not plan to gentrify the neighborhood, rather spruce it up and reestablish a community feel to it.
Drawing residents in all parts of the process, officials say, will instill a sense of pride and engender community empowerment. The city plans to expand the idea to other parts of the city.
“This is just the beginning,” Booker said. “This is my pledge. It’s going to be replicated in other areas of the West Ward. It’s going to be replicated in the East Ward. It’s going to be replicated all over the city.”