I hate them too(talk to NJ Transit they own the place). Yet they deal with the same crackheads on their way to MSG, Yankee Stadium, the Verizon Center(I was there), Philly(been there too), etc. You will witness bums in a city, big deal. Don't be sheltered. Yeah it's been 5 years, but keep in mind we were right in the middle of a recession. And you have to be biased or a fool to realize the improvements made since the Rock opened. Did you not see what Mulberry and Edison were like in 2007?
the only dump I can think of worse than newark is like camden...or detroit anyway...sometimes the arena/stadium is part of a comprehensive redevelopment package and it does work out. Camden yards worked out.
But it's been what 5 years already for the Pru Center? I really don't think a nice family of 4 enjoys walking past the nightly crackhead convention at Newark Penn on the way to that game. This stuff needs to be gone or relocated by now.
Fair enough. But other than a few black people explain what's so "bad" about the surrounding area? I don't mean across Broad St or further south, I mean the immediate surroundings? An office complex, an old condominium, the new places on Edison, the hotels under construction and parking lots. Big whoop.
I've been to the Pepsi center, coord field, Camden yards, AAC in Miami and Camden yards areas in their cities in the early years of those arenas/stadiums existence and the area around them were not nearly as bad as Newark.
Edited by Marv4Life, 05 April 2012 - 06:49 PM.