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Radiohead
December 18th, 2006, 11:48 PM
I came across an old edition of the Jersey Journal from 1957 that my dad had stored in the attic. Below are items from the paper. Most interesting to me is the article about Curries Woods, and the protests from residents who were concerned about the "undesirable element" it would attract. As someone who used to live right around the block many years ago, their fears were well warranted, and unfortunately, came to pass within 10-15 years.


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JCMAN320
December 18th, 2006, 11:59 PM
Yea thank god they tore those things down and replaced them with low-income housing. Those became one of the most notorious housing project in all of New Jersey and on the east coast. So much so that I know Spike Lee did a movie based on them and the events that occured inside of them. I'll try and find the name of the movie.

There are only half of the A. Harry Moore projects left. They are getting ready to start building th town homes on half the site. The only housing projects truly left over intact are the Montgomery Gardens and they will soon be gone from what my uncle tells me whos a contractor at the Beacon.

Radiohead
December 19th, 2006, 12:17 AM
I've heard the Montgomery projects are soon to be history as well. Who would move into the Beacon otherwise?

As for Curries Woods, yea, good riddance. So much for Johnson-era Great Society solutions to poverty. Well intentioned, but lacked the foresight to understand that the least common denominator would eventually destroy them. So it always goes.

Radiohead
January 12th, 2007, 09:38 PM
Attention: LARGE images.

Posting these here so as not to clutter up the JC Rising thread. These are from the Images of America book on JC by Patrick B. Shalhoub, which some of you may already own. The images do look cool on the computer screen, though, esp the Roosevelt Stadium overhead. I wish I had more pics of this great old stadium.

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Ed007Toronto
January 13th, 2007, 11:28 PM
So much for Johnson-era Great Society solutions to poverty.

1957 is 6 years before Johnson became president. This was built while Eisenhower was president.

Radiohead
February 12th, 2008, 08:53 PM
1957 is 6 years before Johnson became president. This was built while Eisenhower was president.

It took me a year to respond, but.....


You're right. It was built in '57, well before the Johnson Administration. I still think tall housing projects were a recipe for disaster, but who knew then, I guess.

I came across the following two items, as my grandparents lived in Curries Woods in the late '50's thru early '60's, before they became dangerous. However, as the letter to residents shows, there were already problems in 1961....
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This is the Jersey City Housing Autority August 1961 newsletter. Most interesting was the "Mayors Night" at Roosevelt stadium piece at the lower left. Apparently attendance at the International league games was very poor.
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