Newark, New Jersey has often been used to symbolize the very idea of urban blight. Some say Newark never recovered from the 1967 riots when LIFE MAGAZINE featured a dead child on its cover under the headline: “Shooting War in the Streets: Newark, The Predictable Insurrection.” But Newark has a new mayor, Cory Booker, who wants to change the image and the reality of Newark.
“Newark is a frontline of what I believe is a fight for the American dream. And the idealism within the Kerner Report — I think has its roots in the idealism that in which this country was born. LIFE Magazine, 1967A country born in perfect ideals in my opinion. But, a savagely, viciously, imperfect reality. And I think Newark has been in the crosshairs in every generation of the fight to achieve America. And I think Newark is a city that’s at that crossroads still.”