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James M. Baxter Terrace

- Peter - Sunday, August 9th, 2009 : goo

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Right in the heart of , is an abandoned housing project


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Built by the Housing Authority of the City of Newark, 1939-1941 with the assistance of the United States
Housing Authority, , President of the United States of America


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Even the pay-phones have been removed


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But people still wait in the shade for the bus-line, which remains

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Alito: 9th Aug 2009 - 19:47 GMT

Wow, what a waste. It looks fairly pretty there, with the sunshine and the landscaping, too.

anon (c-76-117-218-59.hsd1.nj.comcast.net): 9th Aug 2009 - 21:18 GMT

Welcome to beautiful Newark!

I got lost in downtown Newark at night last night. It was frightening D:

anon (ool-18bc86ad.dyn.optonline.net): 10th Aug 2009 - 01:51 GMT

that's funny. I was lost there, too. I didn't see the project, though.

becca: 10th Aug 2009 - 01:52 GMT

makes me want to play grand theft auto iv.

Manuel S. Cruz: 24th Aug 2009 - 22:20 GMT

Baxter terrace will always be to me the best place to grow up at..they can tear it down but they will never tear down the memories at Baxter Terrace.

luis arroyo: 21st Sep 2009 - 22:36 GMT

baxter terrace is being closed in phases one building at a time starting jan 2008. 3 buildings remain occupied. It will be replaced with a middle class income brownstone neighborhood.

anon (pool-151-198-136-110.mad.east.verizon.net): 26th Sep 2009 - 03:25 GMT

i lived in baxter terrace for 28 years i raise my five kids there 2 of tha bacame correction officer my 2 girls are in rutgers my oaldes have a good job is not where you raise theme is how you raise theme maria

antoinette: 22nd Oct 2009 - 16:46 GMT

i only lived in b.t for two years but i can tell you that i will miss this nieghborhood deeply, i have many memories there and spending my 7th and 8 th grade years there attending burnett street school. people are so ignorent, who ever said that newark is a bad place because everywhere has its flaws people just need to come to newark and actually mingle and they will see that newark is filled with loving and caring people

Nasir williams : 31st Oct 2009 - 02:53 GMT

I live in b.t. all my life hate to see it being shut down Rip B.T.P.

Kyle S: 6th Nov 2009 - 12:29 GMT

I bought drugs in Baxter Terrace for years. It was infested with Cocaine and Heroin. I ended up homeless and slept in the hallways there. No one cared. BT was a rough a place as I've ever been next to Seth boyden projects. I have a place in my heart for BT, but it is time to go. Good riddance Baxter Terrace. May love and peace be born where you die.

Robert: 6th Nov 2009 - 18:09 GMT

So, inside those brick boxes...Rats and roaches galore!

maurice green: 9th Nov 2009 - 06:41 GMT

i was born and raised in newark born in st. micheals i was one of the resident who lived in bt i will truly missed it when it,s gone i lkie georgia but newark is my home town hope to come back soon and see a better place i would love to move back home one day

JOANNE: 23rd Dec 2009 - 21:43 GMT

I LIVED IN BAXTER TERRACE FOR THE FIRST 30 YEARS OF MY LIFE. THERE WERE GOOD TIMES AND BAD TIMES THERE,BUT WE LIVED AND WE LEARNED. I MADE LIFELONG FRIENDS IN B.T AND WILL ALWAYS CONSIDER IT MY HOME....R.I.P ALL THOSE THAT WE HAVE LOST OVER THE YEARS. B.T FOREVER!!!!

Rege "rickie" Harwell: 30th Dec 2009 - 23:17 GMT

Baxter Terrace will always have a place in my heart. It's home for me. Regardless of the hype and the character assinatinon, there have been quite a few productive members of society that have emergred from this place. I attended Burnet Street School and graduated from Newark Tech (1st Street) Class of 1981.
204 Orange 3A is where it all happen. I will miss baxter Terrace but it will always live on in my heart. Dont let the Bricks fool you " A Proud Productive Product of the Projects"

Anonymous: 31st Dec 2009 - 04:31 GMT

3 generations of my family lived in BT. Believe it or not, one time, all of the people that lived there was one big family. As the years went on, new people started to occupy and the place became rittled with crime. Through all of this, my siblings and I grew up to become successful and live in neighborhoods we never imagined. BT was the type of place that could make or break you. When I grew up, I told myself that I would not turn back. It was the single decision that defined my life and made me who I am today. I will miss this place dearly. There are so many memories here.

Joseph Snead: 5th Feb 2010 - 12:14 GMT

I grew up in Baxter Terrace too. Attended Burnet Street School in the late 1950's, went on to Seventeen St, West Side High, Phillips Academy in Andover Mass and Princeton during summer sessions that were popular back then, attended Rutgers and worked for IBM for almost 20 years, grad student at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I have fond memories of the people I grew up with there. Too bad issues couldn't be resolved. Hopefully things will get better for the residents in Newark.

earl : 16th Feb 2010 - 18:02 GMT

would believe that housing just gave up about james baxter terrace and just let happen to the building, to the people, to anything that they touch would be turn to dust and poor constrution like this picture

i feel bad for housing right now :(

mar-mar: 27th May 2010 - 13:45 GMT

dam i miss dha hood man its not one day i dont think ill be in there with lifelong friends/brothers/sisters...ruff family

aninimouse: 1st Jun 2010 - 13:16 GMT

what does the "M" stand for in James M. Baxter Terrace

anon (h-68-165-249-171.nycmny83.static.covad.net): 29th Jul 2010 - 15:31 GMT

Newark needs change. This is a great redevelopment project for the city, its residents and businesses in this area. Look forward to the new BT !

anon (h-68-165-249-171.nycmny83.static.covad.net): 29th Jul 2010 - 15:33 GMT

All the dust from the demolition is killing me but sure it will be worth it.

anon (cpe-98-151-17-221.socal.res.rr.com): 1st Aug 2010 - 08:25 GMT

Thank God B.T. is no longer around! F*ck the projects, we could do better than that people!

anon (ool-457f371d.dyn.optonline.net): 25th Aug 2010 - 00:58 GMT

a yo anon let me catch you on the streets and imma ....

alston: 13th Sep 2010 - 18:37 GMT

@aninimouse....the "M" in James M. Baxter stands for "Miller" James Miller Baxter was a Newark Educator and Principal

Najireeah C.: 15th Sep 2010 - 23:11 GMT

- R.i.P Baxter Terracee . GONE BUT NEVR FORGOTTENN

DOWNEY: 27th Sep 2010 - 10:42 GMT

Alot of good people an families came out of BT...Hopefully now they can branch off an spread there wings.

Esteves, Angel: 26th Oct 2010 - 14:12 GMT

I came to live at BT with my mom, dad, Brothers and sisters in 1968. I was 10.
I went to Burnett then to Central then to the Army in 1976. I have alot of good memories about BT. known alot of people, families, and friends. I will always remember BT. go Rams!

rege: 6th Dec 2010 - 23:11 GMT

Baxter Terrace will always be home for me and my family. There will be nevr be another place like it. Its the place in the winter far beneath the bitter snow where lies a seed that with the suns love in the spring becomes a rose.

anon (c-67-162-44-218.hsd1.il.comcast.net): 13th Jan 2011 - 03:12 GMT

Karriem Booda 218 orange st 2A. May all the hopes and dreams of those who made
it out prosper

~KEEDA~: 13th Feb 2011 - 00:10 GMT

BT IS GONG TO BE WELL MISSED.... EVERYONE I KNEW, GREW UP WITH AND LOVED WAS THERE..~GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN~

Karon !: 23rd Mar 2011 - 13:32 GMT

this , where i had my 1st FIGHT !

Alan: 27th May 2011 - 01:31 GMT

I didn't live in BT. I lived in Seth Boyden from 1950 to 1970. I remember when both those projects were nice places to live. I guess times change....nothing stays the same. Drugs destroyed Seth Boyden and BT.

laceeee: 30th May 2011 - 02:05 GMT

i went and grabbed a 20 sack from there memories will never be forgotton

GRANT: 23rd Oct 2011 - 20:37 GMT

BT WAS THE BEST MISS ALL FROM THE 1ST COURT I EAN UP ORANGE ST

Liya King: 19th Dec 2011 - 01:13 GMT

i was born n raised there, i seen the best and worst. i might publish a novel oneday of that place. it would be a #1 seller. 185 james st!! god bless all the warriors who survived...salute

Poops67(;-)))): 24th Dec 2011 - 18:56 GMT

I saw a friend from long ago. I had not seen her in over 34 years and she remembered me and I her. We went to day care in BT and then on to Burnet Street School. I stayed there until I was in the 4th grade. My family never lived in BT. But I always wished that we had. We lived out of the district but we attended the school because it was convenient for my Mom. With that being said, we have no control over things as kids. But I always wanted to be where my classmates were. I have never forgotten that part of my life or the people who were my friends then. I am sad to see the place go also. I always loved the way the area was set up. Mr. James M. Baxter had a good idea and it was realized through his construction. Drugs and violence ruined his efforts. It could happen to anything at anytime. I am happy to have had the privilege of being an ounce of it's history. Looking forward to forever........Poops67!!!!!!

Jamil : 17th Jan 2012 - 12:20 GMT

Baxter Terrace...Wow what memories...I didnt live in B.T. but most of my classmates and friends did. I Lived right next door to the school that most residents from B.T went to Burnet St School. We had the dogs in the backyard that kids use to tease at lunch time. All my B.T. people know about that. You will always have the negative people saying this and that but I know me and my brothers, Stewart and Michael had many good friends there. Like others who have written about this article, Baxter Terrace has a place in my heart.Let me not forget.There was a lot of fine sisters living in Baxter Terrace back in the day.

Hilliard Davis, Sr. 19 Jan 2012: 19th Jan 2012 - 23:19 GMT

I called the Terrace my home/or place of residence, for the first 25 years of my life.I arrived there in June of 1941, the year I was born. It was my US postal address for the nine years I served in the Us Army. I left there in 1968 when I got married. My wife and her family were former residents their. My brother was a (Tone) Monotone to everyone else. They were not just singers, they were local heroes. They painted lines in the play ground, and threw parties for the residents. My father played ball for the Newark Cubs, not the famous ones, the local ones. I remember the big between the Cubs and the Monarchs, a local softball team (the Cubs played hardball) That was the only game between the two teams. It caused the NHA to raise the height of the playground fences on one end. That was a fruitless effort, as they hitting balls as far as the roof of buildings on Boyden Street. I remember when Shop-Rite incorporated Freidlanders' old store and it became the first Super Market, although A&P (where Mr. Joe Brown Sr. seamed to run the store. His off-spring became part of the fabric of Newark society, but they can tell that part of story). The A&P was just a few blocks away, up Orange St. There's a lot more positive accounts of Baxter Terrace although it's to see past what's written in the on the bricks of the fortress that "Terrace" became for more reasons than the City itself will own up to. I remember the flowers and the trees and the bushes and the flag pole, when there was actually someone to raise and lower the flag. I attended both McKinley and Burnet St. Schools, twice each due zoning changes. I also went to Robert Treat and Central for the same reasons. I remember the race wars and gang wars, that in those weren't enough to tear down the City but some how, seemed to give it new strength and resolve. My mother was among some of her many occupations, a crossing guard for years than I can count. When she finally left Baxter Terrace, she moved into the Seniors' Complex on Sussex Ave., where she lived out the remainder of her days. My brothers and I, all worked in Newark for long periods of time, and all but one are but a short drive away. What I remember is good friends, warm homes and parents from all over Baxter Terrace took care of me.

FrizFry: 14th Feb 2012 - 13:11 GMT

I copped my share of dope and coke at Old B.T. - What a F'ed up place that was. Dudes used to sit on the roof tops as lookouts. If you went there at three a.m., you would find a the little red dot from a laser sight on your chest, tracking you as you walked through the back by the basketball courts.

MAC TRUCK: 18th Feb 2012 - 10:18 GMT

R.I.P (BT) 157 JAMES STR.2B

klc: 21st Feb 2012 - 00:33 GMT

I was born and raised in BT those were the best days of my life wish i could give my childern the same fun days. Even though my kids were born and raised in a much better neighborhood they never had what i had the xmas tree burning and snow slides late at night. Everone looking out for your kids, hide&seek,jump rope, biking all the things the kids don't get today BT has always been missed and i will never forget where i came from.

MOE: 16th Mar 2012 - 18:35 GMT

Slash T lol

dc2nj: 20th Mar 2012 - 04:32 GMT

Didn't live in by projects lived on peshine Ave then to Clinton pl. But damn it felt like the projects and I lived every minute!!! Shout out to anybody that lived on my blocks!! I love u nwk be back soon!!! Oh yeah shout out to all white castles especially Lyons ave

Kron M .: 30th Mar 2012 - 13:15 GMT

omfg , keep at least one or two sides up :(

Sunday: 5th Apr 2012 - 07:48 GMT

I didn't live in B.T. As a matter of fact I was terrified to even walk near it. Most of my classmates lived there and even a large number of my students. I've heard so many stories about B.T- some legendary, that made me feel like i actually lived there. Despite the negative things people have/may say about B.T, I have come across a LOT of thriving people born and raised right there in that development. The man I am about to marry was raised in B.T. Despite the odds, he's a hard-working, well respected, educated father. So much for stereotypes.

ronkoontz: 19th May 2012 - 23:54 GMT

B.t that was home from 1941 till about 1955 I lived at

ronkoontz: 19th May 2012 - 23:54 GMT

B.t that was home from 1941 till about 1955 I lived at 1

ronkoontz: 19th May 2012 - 23:54 GMT

B.t that was home from 1941 till about 1955 I lived at 1

Nj2dc: 10th Aug 2012 - 23:27 GMT

Shout out to anybody that ever sat in weequaic park and smoked a blunt!! Love all projects and all hoods. Anybody remember Zanzibar?? Holla.

Krell: 21st Aug 2012 - 02:07 GMT

I didn't live in BT, my family did and I spent lots of time playing with my cousins and the other childre. We had wonderful times there in the 60s, It was a village! We have to bring that way of living back into our lives. With Unity, Love, and Respect for each other! And by all means "Stop the Killing..We need to cleanup our surroundings and Stop the litter

anon (ool-18e4095a.dyn.optonline.net): 1st Sep 2012 - 16:45 GMT

Newark need a change.....alot of people that grow up in Newark are scared to spread their wings and start somewhere new!

Carmen: 16th Oct 2012 - 15:24 GMT

Growing up in the projects and being the daughter of the owner of Robles Grocery, we had so many memories. I'll miss the memories, but not the poor conditions of those buildings!!!

Carmen Ramos: 20th Nov 2012 - 04:10 GMT

Born and raised in the Baxter Terrace. 234 Orange St. #1A. Moved out in 1985. Growing up in the Baxter Terrace was good back in the day. .Playing ball and having races in the court on Orange St..It was great in the summer..I will always remember my mom would clean the halls and no one would dare dirty the halls..My mom would always do wash every Saturday and hang the clothes on the line outside..Everyone who knew my mom, Mrs. Ramos, respected her that they would not touch the clothes..The Baxter Terrace will always hold a special place in my heart..Shout out to all the Baxter Terrace residents..

Deac: 7th Dec 2012 - 11:29 GMT

B.T. will always to home to me. The best years of my life were spent there. I went to Burnet St. School, and Central High. Member of the proud football team, the B.T. Rams. We kicked alot of butts. My 1st love and I still luv her to this day R. Pulliam. It was a great place to grow up and I will truely miss it.

Deac 180 James st: 11th Dec 2012 - 11:03 GMT

>B.T. was like a big village growing up, everybody looked out for each other. The summers were always fun and we played every sport in the playground. There were alot of fine sisters there too. We had cubscouts, boyscouts and girlscouts. The B.T. Rams was a awsome team. We had a big and little team and were coached by Jimmy Ellis. He was a hell of a coach on and off the field. All of B.T. took pride in our team and backed us. It was a great time, a time I will never forget. B.T. will always be home to me and I'am so glad and proud to have been raised there. It maybe gone, but it will always be remembered. If I had a chance to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing and I couldn't have grown up in a better place.

Leon L Davis Jr: 11th Dec 2012 - 19:03 GMT

My parents moved into Bldg. 5 when it opened known as 202 Orange Street lived in Baxter Terrace until I got married in 1958. We always had electric, hot water, and heat all winter. The big play ground was right just outside our door and we all used it together. I crossed the Sheffield St bridge to go to Mckinley school everyday and went to St Lucy's Church with my classmates. Saw the Columbus Homes built and torn down and knew people in all the surrounding area. When we moved in our rent was $19.75 per month there was no charge. Everyone new where you lived and if you did something out of character the news could very well be waiting for you when you arrived home. There were a few bad characters and most that I remember could be counted on your hands.
t was a neighborhood like no other, and will be forgotten by the time this comment is read.

Mac Truck: 27th Feb 2013 - 17:53 GMT

RIP !!!! Miss that place best time in the world. Barber family.

Manuel S. Cruz: 16th Apr 2013 - 20:44 GMT

BT was a community that stuck together from the good times to the bad times. Our apartments was 186 james street and 200 Orange street. My brothers and sisters was Miriam, John, toney, Magdalena and Daisy. I will never forget the proyects..but I will never forget the family I left behind.

Tony Russell : 11th Nov 2015 - 01:59 GMT

I have had some great memories of the BT for the most part of my nineteen years living there I was born at the saint Michaels Hospital in 1950 those were the days I had my fights but for the most part after a few weeks we were friends again there was always something fun to do but most of all I remember singing in the hallways and out in the courts with the AMBERS singing group thay could really blow and I thought I could too. and there was lots of pretty females between the BT and the Columbus projects omg big fun.

K Martin: 4th May 2016 - 03:59 GMT

I'm looking for a family that lived at 206 Orange Street, apt 3C... From 1960-1970

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