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  •  I remember going to Newark as a kid tagging (0+ / 0-)

    along with my mother & grandmother on shopping trips before the malls started to get built in Short Hills, etc. -- this was in the early '50's (e.g., when Philip Roth was growing up in the suburbs).  I think 4 things killed Newark:

    1. New Jersey's crazy tax laws, which made it difficult for Newark to invest in itself;

    2. The mob & its corrosive corruption (e.g., by the late '60's my father, who was an electrical industry manufacturer's rep, couldn't do any business in Newark because so many of the electrical contractors and distributors were mob-controlled; my wife's uncle best childhood buddy was Hugh Addonizio, mayor of Newark, who went to jail around 1970;  my best friend's father almost went to jail because he was corporation counsel for someone he thought was straight but turned out to be mob-controlled; I could go on -- suffice it say that the Sopranos gave me PTSD);

    3. Massive building in the suburbs & thus shifting of population there -- e.g.,  half of my friends in grammar school in the '50's lived in houses built since WWII;

    4. The '67 riots, which were not just massively destructive of housing & infrastructure but accelerated "white flight."

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