New com­mis­sion seeks to stem gen­tri­fi­ca­tion in Ne­wark

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

NE­WARK » New Jersey’s largest city is form­ing a com­mis­sion to make sure new devel­op­ment in the city doesn’t dis­place poor and work­ing-class res­i­dents.

The Eq­ui­table Growth Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee is ex­pected be formed early in 2019.

It seeks to com­bat a trend that has seen a lack of af­ford­able hous­ing in Ne­wark even as de­vel­op­ers build new build­ings and re­de­velop old ones.

A study by Rut­gers Univer­sity’s Ne­wark cam­pus found that me­dian rents in Ne­wark have risen 20 per­cent since 2000, while me­dian house­hold in­come has fallen by 10 per­cent, ad­justed for in­fla­tion.

Ne­wark Mayor Ras Baraka said at the an­nounce­ment Thurs­day that the 15-mem­ber com­mis­sion will be made up of stake­hold­ers from the aca­demic, busi­ness, nonprofit and com­mu­nity sec­tors and will make rec­om­men­da­tions on land use and hous­ing laws and poli­cies.

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