Uriel Burwell Establishes Nonprofit To Restore Blighted Newark Neighborhood

12/20/2010 04:44 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • The Star-Ledger

NEWARK -- The empty lots Uriel Burwell skipped through as a kid were nothing more than shortcuts from Newark to Irvington.

When he graduated from college, 15 years ago, Burwell discovered something different about those parcels of land where he kicked a few cans and bottles. He was working in the Newark tax assessors' office at the time and saw the abandoned houses and vacant lots on tax maps as a way to rebuild his troubled neighborhood, one with a reputation for drugs.

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