Residential Abandonment: The Tenement Landlord Revisited

By George Sternlieb; Robert W. Burchell | Go to book overview

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THE ENVIRONMENT OF ABANDONMENT: NEWARK--A DECADE'S CHANGE

Newark, New Jersey, a city of 380,000 inhabitants, is a focal point in the megalopolis which stretches from Boston to Norfolk, Virginia, a location which historically made it a center of manufacturing and distribution (Exhibit 1-1).

In 1950 it was economically viable and looked back at ten years of growth. Two decades later it has been deserted by much of its retailing, distribution, and manufacturing interests and a large share of its white middle and upper income populations. Now it is in the last stages of the cycle of changes being experienced by central cities.

The election of Newark's first black mayor in 1970 reflects the racial shift in the city over the last twenty years. In 1950 the city's population was 17 percent black; by 1970 this proportion had increased to 54 percent. Accompanying the racial shift have been the characteristic black-white problems of our time. Newark has had its share of both urban riots (Exhibit 1-2) and the embittered political battles between militants and those moderates acceptable as leaders to the remaining whites.

The influx of rural, low income families has overburdened municipal services and facilities. As the ratable base has deteriorated the local tax rate has been driven upward in an unsuccessful attempt to maintain fiscal stability (Exhibit 1-3). This effort has not been sufficient and municipal services have been curtailed to the point of bare

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  • Title Page *
  • Table of Contents *
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Introduction And Summary xii
  • Notes 1
  • 2 - The "Abandoners:" The Fabled Tenement Landlord 53
  • 3 - Those Who Remain: The New Minority Owners 97
  • 4 - Public Safety And Abandonment 137
  • 5 - Tax Delinquency And Abandonment 181
  • 6 - The "Low-End" Real Estate Sector 237
  • 7 269
  • Notes 352
  • Notes 353
  • Bibliography - Books 428
  • Index 434
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