I have always liked this beautiful (sic) silver gelatin print by David Plowden of Doremus Avenue, Newark, NJ. It was taken in 1964 (this print from Yale, dates from 1993). I worked on the avenue briefly in the 1990s, and it didn’t look quite this bad, but it was definitely no garden spot. I was inspecting some chemical plants to see if they had adequate protection for the local waterways in case of a spill: some of them looked like a set for the lab in an old Frankenstein movie.
In the distance in Plowden’s print, you can see the Pulaski Skyway. Since I was planning to photograph that bridge today, I went to revisit Doremus. Pretty spic and span industrial district, I’d say.