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WastedPotenti4I t1_jdyofow wrote

For those unfamiliar with NJ, Paterson sucks, you really just should not go there. It and Camden are among the few blips of NJ (along with the oranges and parts of Newark) that are just straight up not safe to be in.

Hopefully this actually enacts some meaningful change there. Recently there have been some new/remodeling developments, so I think there is still hope for it.

Edit: removed vagueness


skoomski t1_jdyt3yd wrote

I live outside of it and this is really an understatement because there are other cities just as bad in NJ like some the Oranges and parts of Newark, it’s not just Patterson and Camden that are rundown unfortunately


WastedPotenti4I t1_jdytgz7 wrote

Yeah I badly phrased my response, it wasn’t my intention to say that only Paterson and Camden are that bad, there are definitely other cities (the oranges and parts of Newark like you said). I also live outside of it and while I think it has gotten better recently, it still has a long way to go.


skoomski t1_jdyu494 wrote

I moved in about 7 years ago and the common thing I noticed is empty ruins of factories and rundown docks too in the case of Newark. These use to be decent jobs but they been gone for a while and I don’t think they are coming back to be honest. Similar to Philly. That my antidotal opinion anyhow.


WastedPotenti4I t1_jdyukyy wrote

Yeah. In the past few years some of those old factories have been updated and turned into art installations/galleries. Not viable for the entire city area but doing something with the space nonetheless. What they’ll do with the rest of the abandoned buildings is beyond me.


___deleted- t1_je14m2t wrote

Some of the ruins are hazmat sites.

They were renovating one factory for housing and discovered it was once a thermometer factory and was totally contaminated by mercury.


tryhardsasquatch t1_jdzb2vj wrote

The Muslim part of Paterson is fine. My wife's from there and my sheltered white ass has been going there for 6 years with no problems. Al Basha's got some of the best hummus I've ever had.

But also yeah I avoid the rest of the city like the plague.


TheBigFreezer t1_je0vho3 wrote

Hey now, my fiancée is from Paterson!

...okay yea, we don't visit very often.


bros402 t1_je2r594 wrote

At least the Camden police are better than they were before being dissolved?