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JerseyDevil
03-15-2008, 05:26 PM
I was just watching the devils game which they have won 4 - 2 against the Avalanche. Anyway - there was a GREAT commercial made by Prudential which promotes tourism for Newark. It had the Newark Museum, Branch Brook Park with the Cherry Blossoms, the cathedral. It was a great commercial. I'm going to ask Prudential if I can have a copy of it to put on AboutNewJersey.com

If you see it let me know your thoughts - I also recommend writing to Prudential and thanking them for creating a commercial to hilight our largest city. Of course they are doing it for their own interests too - it does advertise themselves also - but it's more than that. They are being a proud Newark company and they deserve New Jerseyans support for that.

beatman10
03-16-2008, 10:13 PM
commercial. Being that currently I live outside of Atlantic City, the only promotions I get to see are about Philly. I think it's great that someone is actually promoting Newark as a tourist destination. It's long overdue. And, yes, I am a crazy Devils and Newark Bears fan who drives up to the Prudential Center from AC to support my team! I was born in Newark and I love going there. It really is a GREAT city despite the Newark-haters' attempts to spread negativity about it!

NJPRIDE
03-21-2008, 02:55 PM
I saw the commercial during Weds. game. I think it is great! All the things listed by JD were in it plus I thought I saw the baseball stadium also. Good for Newark, now I must watch tonight's Devil game and see if they show it again. One thing people have to realize is that Newark is getting a lot better. Plans are in the works for a children's museum not far from the "Rock". This along with a new 4 star hotel, all the work being done to improve the city's parks, the new building that the NJPAC will soon be putting up across the street from itself, the old vacant buildings being torn done, the addition to the museum, the new housing, new restaurants and bars opening up, plus numerous other things will make the naysayers look bad! This reminds me a lot of what New Brunswick went through recently. Now New Bruns. is a great place to go for dinner and a show and it also has some nice new housing that replaced some lousy projects. New Bruns. also has some great things still being planned there for the near future. Pretty soon N.J. will have 2 great cities and I hope plans can move forward to help cities in south Jersey like A.C. so we can visit them also.

JerseyDevil
03-21-2008, 06:58 PM
Pretty soon N.J. will have 2 great cities and I hope plans can move forward to help cities in south Jersey like A.C. so we can visit them also.
Have you been to AC lately? The Walk is starting it's third phase. Tiffany's just moved in and there are a lot of improvements to the surrounding areas. Atlantic City is completely different than what it was just three years ago. There is still more to do, but I would say that right now - NJ is on the road to having THREE great cities - with Newark quickly improving. You could add Jersey City and Hoboken in there too - but they have been developing more as extensions of Manhattan. Until that attidue changes and they attract businesses - I can't really consider them great cities in the true sense of the word.

beatman10
03-23-2008, 05:07 PM
Have you been to AC lately? The Walk is starting it's third phase. Tiffany's just moved in and there are a lot of improvements to the surrounding areas. Atlantic City is completely different than what it was just three years ago. There is still more to do, but I would say that right now - NJ is on the road to having THREE great cities - with Newark quickly improving. You could add Jersey City and Hoboken in there too - but they have been developing more as extensions of Manhattan. Until that attidue changes and they attract businesses - I can't really consider them great cities in the true sense of the word.
construction. You got The Borgata and Harrahs both opening new towers, as
well as new casinos proposed and, the Walk. Plus all the entertainment you have here, and of course, the ocean! But, there still seems to be something missing in AC. For one thing, the political climate is dysfunctional. For a while, we didn't know if AC still had a mayor, or who was the acting mayor when Mayor Levy went AWOL. Most of the population is transient, and a lot of them come from, yep, you guessed it, Pennsylvania! They just had the Atlantic 10 tournament here, and everyone here was so happy that 2 Philly college teams played for the championship! Heaven forbid a Jersey college was in the Atlantic 10 conference! Or worse yet , a Jersey team win the championship over a Philly team!! You said Jersey City and Hoboken were developing more as NY extensions. You can say the same about AC being an extension of Philly. I guess that's why I'm biased toward Newark. Newark in its heyday was considered its own metropolitan area, not a part of NY metro. Plus I was born in Newark, and my family all went to Newark for shopping, food, sports, entertainment, etc. As far as my family was concerned, New York may as well have been on the other side of the country!! Newark was OUR city. If only the state would allow Newark to prosper instead of making policies to sabotage Newark's rebirth, the the city can once again reclaim it's status as NJ's cultural, financial, sports and entertainment hub. Actually, as crazy as it sounds, I looking to leave the AC area and move north, so I can be closer to Newark. For the moment, I will still keep my job in AC, but I want to relocate back to Northern Ocean County( I'm a Point Pleasant Beach HS graduate). I've set a year timetable for myself, to get things packed and my finances in order.

SaLelf
08-26-2009, 07:53 AM
Is Newark a safe city to live in? I have often read reports about a high crime rate it Newark. Is that still the same now?

JerseyDevil
08-26-2009, 04:59 PM
Is Newark a safe city to live in? I have often read reports about a high crime rate it Newark. Is that still the same now?
As with all cities there are problem areas. The downtown is quite safe though. I've walked it at day time, at night time.

Newark also has a lot of great cultural centers and restaurants. I actually feel that one of the reasons Newark gets such bad publicity because New York doesn't want people going to Newark and seeing all the great things to do there. People are always badmouthing Newark and it isn't warranted.

Here are the 2007 crime statistics from 2007 Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2007/index.html). These are for cities with populations 250,000 or more people.



Violent Crime Rate

Rank...City...........State........Populatn..Rate/100,000
--------------------------------------------------------
1......Detroit.......Michigan.....860971......2289
2......St. Louis....Missouri......348197......2198
3......Memphis....Tennessee...669264.....1951
4......Oakland.....California....396541......1918
5......Baltimore....Maryland....624237.....1631
6......Atlanta......Georgia.......497290.....1624
7......Nashville....Tennessee...564169.....1509
8......Minneapolis.Minnesota...371240.....1503
9......Miami.........Florida........410252.....149 2
10....Philadelphia.Penns.........1435533....1475
11....Cleveland...Ohio............439888.....1419
13....Milwaukee..Wisconsin.....572938.....1403
14....Washington.DC.............588292.....1347
15....Buffalo.......New York.....273832.....1275
16....Rockford.....Illinois........151703......124 4
17....Indianapolis.Indiana......797268......1234
18....Toledo.......Ohio...........296403......1228
19....Tulsa.........Oklahoma....381469......1193
20....Boston.......Mass..........591855......1155
21....Houston.....Texas.........2169544....1132
22....Sacramento.California....460546......1113
23....Pittsburgh...Penns........312179......1107
24....Cincinnati....Ohio..........332388......1079
25....Dallas.........Texas........1239104....1069
26....Tampa........Florida.......337220......1060
27....Jacksonville..Florida......797350......1022
28....Las Vegas....Nevada.....1341156....1017 (metro area)
29....Albuquerque .New Mex...513124.......990
30....Charlotte.....North Carln.733291.......986 (includes Mecklenburg)
31....Wichita.......Kansas.......358294.......945
32....San Fran.....California....733799.......874
33....St. Paul......Minnesota...271662.......857
34....Newark.......New Jersey.280158........853
35....Columbus....Ohio...........735981.......852
36....Oklahma Cty.Oklahoma...542199.......851
37....Anchorage....Alaska.......284142.......846
38....Corpus Christi.Texas......286428.......826
39....Tucson..........Arizona....523299.......784
40....Phoenix..........Arizona....1541698.....724
41....Long Beach.....California..473959......723
42....Los Angeles.....California..3870487....718
43....Arlington.........Texas......372073......696
44 Portland Oregon 538133 688
45 Louisville Metro Kentucky 624030 679
46 Fort Worth Texas 670693 667
47 Lexington Kentucky 272815 656
48 Fresno California 472170 644
49 Riverside California 299312 632
50 Seattle Washington 585118 627
51 Denver Colorado 573387 619
52 Bakersfield California 318743 615
53 New York New York 8220196 614
54 Glendale Arizona 250444 602
55 Omaha Nebraska 431810 597
56 Santa Ana California 340223 572
57 Raleigh North Carolina 367120 571
58 San Antonio Texas 1316882 556
59 Aurora Colorado 307621 548
60 Austin Texas 716817 540
61 Colorado Springs Colorado 374112 531
62 San Diego California 1261196 502
63 Mesa Arizona 454576 489
64 Mobile Alabama 253842 451
65 Anaheim California 335133 425
66 El Paso Texas 616029 418
67 San Jose California 934553 402
68 Chandler Arizona 250868 328
69 Honolulu Hawaii 905903 288
70 Plano Texas 259771 260
71 Virginia Beach Virginia 435943 250
72 Henderson Nevada 251270 235
73 Chicago Illinois 2824434 N/A[4]
74 Kansas City Missouri 448218 N/A


I'll fix up the rest of the list, but it is pretty time consuming. As you can see Newark ranks 34th iin violent crime. Now with homicide, Newark does rank 4th with 37/100,000. With all other crime, Newark ranks in the middle of the list, similar to the Violent Crime rate.

As I said, the crime in Newark is generally isolated areas it seems. I've been all over the country - and from my observation, Newark gets a bad rap and much of it is media generated. I am not saying that Newark doesn't need to improve, I'm just saying that there is no reason to be afraid of going or living in Newark than in any other large city.

Some people are surprised when you actually show the statistics. Most people don't think that Jacksonville Florida or Nashville Tennesee would have a higher violent crime rate than Newark.

beatman10
08-26-2009, 11:40 PM
There are a lot of nice areas in Newark, such as the Forest Hill section, the Ironbound section, The North Ward, Downtown, and those are just the areas I'm more familiar with. Crime is not just a Newark problem, it's a national problem. What you need to realize is WHY the media is so biased against Newark. Our media is pretty much controlled by out of state interests (i.e. NY and Philadelphia) Jobs coming to Newark, and dollars spent in Newark means less dollars, and less economic clout for NY and Phila. So those out of state cities give gobs of money to our state officials so they will promote pro NY, pro Philly agendas. Seriously, what other state will spend Billions of taxpayer dollars for another tunnel to NY, and steer jobs away from their own state's cities. True, we are one country, but our states are always competing for everything from sports to business. Competition is healthy when it's done on a level playing field. Unfortunately OURS is not level, not with our politicians bought and paid for.

JerseyDevil
08-27-2009, 12:34 AM
There are a lot of nice areas in Newark, such as the Forest Hill section, the Ironbound section, The North Ward, Downtown, and those are just the areas I'm more familiar with. Crime is not just a Newark problem, it's a national problem. What you need to realize is WHY the media is so biased against Newark. Our media is pretty much controlled by out of state interests (i.e. NY and Philadelphia) Jobs coming to Newark, and dollars spent in Newark means less dollars, and less economic clout for NY and Phila. So those out of state cities give gobs of money to our state officials so they will promote pro NY, pro Philly agendas. Seriously, what other state will spend Billions of taxpayer dollars for another tunnel to NY, and steer jobs away from their own state's cities. True, we are one country, but our states are always competing for everything from sports to business. Competition is healthy when it's done on a level playing field. Unfortunately OURS is not level, not with our politicians bought and paid for.
I couldn't have said it better Beatman. And it's not just northern New Jersey's cities, the same crap happens to our southern cities too in terms of Philadelphia - although on a lesser level. Look at Camden's skyline versus Philadelphia's?

As you mentioned our politicians are bought and paid for by out of state interests, mainly NY and Philadelphia. This is why in southern NJ - the politicians want the new southern rail line linking the southern towns with Philadelphia to run along the highway, completely by passing the downtowns of those towns and cities and contributing any economic benefit to those towns, other than developing them into the bedroom communities of for Philadelphia workers.

As I always say - the skyscrapers of NY and Philadelphia are built on the backs of New Jerseyans, while our cities struggle to attract businesses.

JerseyDevil
08-27-2009, 12:42 AM
BY the way beatman - you brought up that one way tunnel to manahattan. Imagine what could happen to our cities if that money was instead spent on expanding our rail links between OUR cities- similar to what NY did when they developed the subway after consolidating the five boroughs into what is now New York City. That is what we need from our politicians. Instead we have Corzine, Lautenberg and others patting themselves on the back for building the second rail tunnel - which NY doesn't pay a single cent to and in the process exports our jobs to NY.

Everytime I hear about that god forsaken second tunnel - it makes my blood boil.

BTW - You may have noticed - Chris Christie hasn't been palling around with Giuliani anymore. I made several big stinks about that, e-mailing his campaign, posting it on his facebook page, etc.