30 MLK, Newark, NJ. The monthly meeting of the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association (LBNA). This is a “boots on the ground” group neighborhood association, the organization members include the community organizations La Casa De Don Pedro (that has been instrumental in redeveloping abandon property in the area, including the meeting location address of 30 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Also in attendance was the principal John Gonzalez of Barringer High School, and local residents and tenants associations of nearby buildings and local entrepreneurs. The meeting overall was a holiday, networking and strategic planning event.One issues discussed was the 2014 election.
The meeting was led by community organizer Kristine Solijan and Sam August.
It was an impressive mix of local leaders but most impressive was the location. This is a row house that two years ago was little more than a front brick wall. The roof and first floor had fallen into the basement. Now, it is not only wholly refurbished home but it is for sale at a price that makes possible for a working class family to own. Apart of the foreclosure stabilization fund, that was included in the Obama stimulus . Funds were used to restore this dilapidated building and in so doing restore the integrity of the community.