Annual Report of the Newark Redevelopment and Housing Authority from 1974. The Authority was responsible for managing Newark’s public housing projects and urban renewal projects. — Credit: Rutgers University Libraries
In this essay, Stanley Winters, a veteran organizer in the Clinton Hill neighborhood, describes the interrelated nature of urban renewal politics and struggles for civil rights. Because the vast majority of urban renewal policy makers were white, Black and Puerto Rican communities had little representation in projects that they were disproportionately impacted by. Winters also argues that urban renewal projects were being utilized for the benefit of business interests, rather than community interests.