The focus of an all-day conference sponsored by NJ Spotlight was the problems confronting New Jersey cities. Speakers at NJ Spotlight on Cities held Friday in Newark included former Gov. Tom Kean, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, and a host of urban advocates and experts.
The discussions included long-term problems like the shortage of affordable housing. Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage talked about dealing with surprises — a bomb found at his city’s train station in the middle of the night — and told how emergency workers walked the tracks so trains could start running again.
Baraka in a discussion with Kean called for an Urban Marshall Plan like the one that rebuilt Europe after World War II.
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