We Don’t Need Permission: The Port

The Port
Interesting opinion piece on how Port Newark might affect Newark’s economic future. Booker has stated in several venues that he sees the port as an underutilized asset in Newark’s development. Sharif points out that it will take careful attention to bring the port out from under the control of an opaque bureaucracy.

Port Newark is the city’s most significant asset and Newarkers know little or nothing of its potential. Most have not even seen it up close. Its inner workings are cloaked in plain sight. As a result it is being largely mismanaged.

Over the next ten years Port Newark will grow dramatically with or without the help or direction of Newark residents and leaders. It is so large, rich and important to commerce in our region that development will be driven by growth, which is running on automatic. But that development might not be smart or best for Newark and its residents.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

1 thought on “We Don’t Need Permission: The Port”

  1. It is not accurate that Newark knows little about the value of the Port, once the city’s gold mine. In the 1920’s, over 16,000 Newarkers passed Four Corners every day on their way to work in the port. In the 40’s and 50’s, the city and its population changed. The port became other people’s gold mine. The Governor had to name Charles Danzig, a socially conscious lawyer, to help the job negotiation for African-Americans, who were mostly shut out by unions. Even today, the similar effort by NJ Institute of Social Justice has led little success. Nothing in Newark is easy. Obama has called for “change.” However, even some real changes might still fall short.

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