Tearing down a fortress in Newark to make way for a new beginning

Newark has struggled to overcome decades of bad urban planning decisions that destroyed whole neighborhoods and wiped out commercial activity. Fixing those bad choices has been a focal point over the years to rejuvenate New Jersey’s largest city.

None of those bad ideas was worse than the construction of the fortress-style downtown Gateway Center office towers. Started a few years after the 1967 Newark riots, the four buildings are connected to Newark Penn Station and one another by skywalks designed to keep office workers off the streets below. The lack of street-level entrances discouraged outsiders from entry and parking decks walled off access to the waterfront.

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