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Newark After Booker

A pedestrian walks in front of a building in Newark, N.J. The section on the left was once owned by U.S. Senator-elect Cory Booker, which drew attention from his Republican opponent Steve Lonegan during their race for the vacant seat left open by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The property was purchased by Booker when he was Mayor of Newark for $175,000. Booker sold the property for $1 to Newark Now, the nonprofit he founded in 2003 as a way to give back to the city. Newark still bears the scars of the 1967 riots that cleaved it. Poverty and crime are endemic. Lately, however, parts of the city have doggedly improved.

Newark After Booker

The Newark that Booker is leaving behind as the state'€™s newly-elected U.S. senator is far more nuanced and complicated than could be captured in the boosterish campaign stump speeches or television sound bites for which the mayor is known. Newark still bears the scars of the 1967 riots that cleaved it. Poverty and crime are endemic. Lately, however, parts of the city have doggedly improved.