This research was begun by Jillian Crandall and Khadija Munir in Urban Colloquium 2017 with Brian McGrath at The New School, Parsons. The website was created to share the work with Newark residents, activists, communities, and groups who are deeply committed to Newark’s past, present, and future.
The inspiration for the work came from a comment made by one of the members of the Terrell Homes Tenant Association regarding Post-Sandy damage across the city, and the resiliency of the people who lived in Newark rather than relying on FEMA aid, much of which did not reach the city due to many who lacked access to flood insurance.
A specialist in GIS and urban visualization, Jillian sought to pull together publicly available datasets from disparate sources and layer them in a series of drawings so the information could be visually accessible. Trained in architecture, Khadija analyzed recent and historic zoning changes to the city and how they may affect Newark’s future. The goal was not to draw hard conclusions about Newark, but rather to produce content that addresses issues at multiple scales (Passaic River regional, Newark city scale, and honing in more specifically on the Ironbound area which has the highest concentration of contaminated sites and highest percentage of land within the flood zone).
Thank you to Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor at The New School, Co-Chair of Passaic River Superfund Community Advisory Group; and Drew Curtis, Community Development and Environmental Justice Director at the Ironbound Community Corporation.
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