It was much better before they closed it off, seems like almost a 3rd of the storefronts are empty on that street now.
The area was mixed use for ages with ppl living above the storefronts.
Anyone else remember when it was a servicable road that actually allowed traffic to pass down past the PATH entrance.#JC Make It Yours
Who considers Newark Ave residential? Even before the Pedestrian Plaza days, it was still commercial.
I was thinking the same thing... I can't imagine anyone claiming Newark Avenue is a residential area with a straight face. As long as I have lived in JC (granted, only 11 years) I have always thought of Newark Ave as a commercial street with some residential sprinkled on it, with some more in its periphery.
Besides, the argument about what has led to a rise in property values is not a binary matter: it is not one thing or the other. I think the growth in quality restaurants and bars is a definite booster of property values, just as the gentrification of the area has been such a booster. Trying to shut down Restaurant Row is not the answer (that whole thing about throwing the baby out with the bath water) but concerned citizens should work with the city to try and come up with a workable solution. Surely there is a compromise that can be reached.[/quote]