Zoning for Convictions; How the Ironbound Landscape was Planned to Suppress the Young
My name is Catrina Nelson, and I am in my fifth year of my Bachelors of Architecture degree, as well as working towards a masters in Infrastructure and Planning. As a resident of the future, my mind is constantly activated by the harrowing doom of climate change, a threat that has already taken its seat at the table, and a crisis that at times feels like futile fight. However, this match it not the average person against mother nature, it has always been the powerful, those with money and leverage, against the vulnerable, those without representation or wealth. I believe that to stand a chance at protecting our future, action must stem from people who are engaging directly with the environment. When I am not pondering the impending death to us all, I am enjoying old lady activities, like knitting or embroidering, or I am most likely in the kitchen preparing raviolis.
Project Site Description
In the Ironbound district of Newark, NJ, there is a long history of land zoned for industrial use, such as factories, incinerators and an airport, all while being adjacent to schools, and multifamily housing. There is also a severe lack of access to green space and parks available to its residents, especially considering how densely packed the population is. By studying the zoning plans of 1964, 1978 and today, we can trace how the district was designed to compromise the quality of life for the largely hispanic community, and especially how this jeopardizes the development of their children. Toxic pollution compromising their health, noise pollution compromising their ability to learn in school, and few, far places to play, all add up and contribute to the outcome of the most vulnerable residents of the Ironbound. When a neighborhood is safe for children, it is safe for all residents. By examining these root of these effects, we can better understand how to improve the landscape for the many children growing up in the Ironbound, and the quality of life for everyone connected with that child, including parents, teachers and the elderly.
How has zoning consequences in the Ironbound District created a landscape that places outweighing burdens on the development of children, ultimately impacting the community as a whole?
Community, Race, Class, Pollution, Factories (Zoning, Children)