Cover Story: LOW-INCOME STAGNANT East Orange, NJ

Karsten Prager of TIME'S New York bureau lived until recently in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, a part of the city that is much like a suburb. In East Orange, he found a suburb that is much like a city:

ON the map and on the ground, they congeal into patterns of dense urban settlement on the rim of the New York metropolitan area—Newark and East Orange and Orange and Maplewood and Irvington and Bloomfield and Glen Ridge. There are no green belts, no distinct borders: instead, there are parkways, railroads, and political boundaries that may run through the middle of...

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