New York Times: This Land Is Newark’s Land
Mr. Booker’s plan may seem conventional, but it qualifies as a revolution in the way Newark City Hall has conducted land sales in the recent past. Sharpe James, Mr. Booker’s predecessor as mayor, is about to go on trial on corruption charges related to a fire sale of city property to political friends and allies carried out during the last few years of his long administration.
The Booker reforms were to be expected, but they were welcome all the same. If Newark is to enjoy a widespread, five-ward revival, it must lose its reputation as a place where business is carried out in the shadows. Mr. Booker’s plan to make city land sales transparent is a giant leap in the right direction.
An Op-Ed from Sunday’s Times applauds the Booker administration’s efforts to drive transparent land deals and bring suit against developers who have failed to live up to their promises. While quality of life, education and crime continue to be hot-button issues in this city, a holistic approach to repair the city is the only way Newark will see progress.