The 10 most dangerous cities in New Jersey do not include this one
If I were to ask you to name the most dangerous cities in New Jersey, how many would you mention before you got to Newark?
When I posed the question to my social media following, the Garden State's largest city did come up a few times. But I wonder how much of that is based on the past and not the present.
Last week, President Obama recognized Newark as a national model for violence reduction with an $800,000 grant to continue that work through the My Brother's Keeper Alliance. Newark's violent crime fell 6% in 2022.
Comedian Jim Mendrinos opened a Comedy Diner in Newark, and when I asked him "Why Newark?" He replied:
It is such an up-and-coming city. When we had the chance to grab it, we looked at the opportunity. The 4 colleges in walking distance, the massive redevelopment, and the fact that Newark is the largest American city to never have a comedy club. It just seems right.
What would Mendrinos say to those who may be afraid to go to Newark?
Like every large city, Newark has its downsides; but we're right next to the colleges. It's a very up-and-coming city, and the neighborhood we are in is amazing, safe, and has plenty of on-street parking. It's not Newark from the 1970s. Newark is poised to be the next great American City, and we want to be a part of it.
So where are New Jersey's most dangerous cities? According to propertyclub.nyc They are ranked as follows:
4. Atlantic City
6. Long Branch
8. Asbury Park
9. Penns Grove
Notice Newark is not on the list? Having been born in Newark, I'm really enjoying the turnaround.
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