The top stories of 2017
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.
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.