Contentious Spaces: Newark, New Jersey and the Port of Newark

Authors: Gregory Brodie*,
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Geography, Economic Geography
Keywords: Urban Geography and Planning, landscapes of racial violence, supply chain economics, diverse economies
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: 8226, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This paper looks at the ways the Port of Newark has shaped the urban spatial patterning and livelihood of the city of Newark, New Jersey. Specifically from an industrial perspective, two historical moments are used to elaborate on the capitalist and noncapitalist processes that have shaped the spatial relationship between Newark and its port. The first moment is the advent of containerization, which began in the 1950’s, in Newark. The second moment is the advent of intermodalism carried out by the Shipping Act of 1984. These moments are used to expand the conversation around the urban processes in Newark and how they are impacted by the supply chain political economy of the port.

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