The top sto­ries of 2017

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As we com­piled our an­nual Year in Re­view is­sue, we couldn’t help but feel a bit of déjà vu.

Many of the is­sues that dom­i­nated the year’s head­lines – such as de­bates over park­ing, dis­cus­sion of the Rod­ney dorm site and con­tro­ver­sies over de­vel­op­ment projects – were also hot top­ics in past years. As the city and its res­i­dents work through these com­pli­cated and di­vi­sive is­sues, ex­pect those con­ver­sa­tions to con­tinue well into 2018.

How­ever, the year did bring some change to Newark, as the April elec­tions shifted the bal­ance of power on city coun­cil, and sev­eral top city staffers stepped down. And, as any­one who has driven down South Col­lege Av­enue re­cently knows, the south­ern Newark sky­line looks dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent with the ad­di­tion of the 10-story STAR Tower, which will open next sum­mer.

Our Year in Re­view cov­er­age can be found on pages 6 through 11, with our list of 2017’s big­gest sto­ries be­gin­ning on page 8.

Check back next week as we fore­cast the sto­ries to watch in 2018.

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Sig­nif­i­cant sto­ries from the past year included an in­crease in ac­tivism fol­low­ing the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump, the elec­tion of Coun­cil­men Chris Hamilton and Jerry Clifton, con­tin­ued de­bate on park­ing in Newark, sev­eral new projects on the Univer­sity of Delaware’s STAR Cam­pus and dis­cus­sion about the city’s pro­posed pur­chase of the Rod­ney dorm site.

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