From the Star Ledger:
Is Newark on its way to becoming the new Brooklyn? Or will it be, as city officials are fond of saying, “Newark 3.0”?
Entitled “Renaissance or Gentrification?: How do we discuss redevelopment in Newark?”, the event will include a panel discussion featuring a variety of voices from government, real estate and media, including Newark Deputy Mayor and Director of Economic & Housing Development Baye Adolfo-Wilson, former Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff and local planning and development leader Francis J. Giantomasi.
The speakers will discuss how high-profile changes in the city, including the additions of luxury apartments and plans for a mixed-use development that will include a Whole Foods supermarket, are portrayed.
Those developments and other plans for downtown Newark have attracted national media attention, including a Politico article published in March that asked whether the city would be the next metropolis to be termed the “new Brooklyn.”
The meeting is part of “Engage Local”, a two-day hosted by Montclair State University’s Center for Cooperative Media focused on the interaction between community and media. A series of workshops and presentations on the topic will be held on the second day of the event, June 16.
In a statement, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said recent changes in the way news is delivered and digested has had far-reaching implications for cities like Newark, and hoped the meeting would “assist in facilitating more effective communications with the citizens that we serve.”