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Trenton's Urban Renewal and the Struggle for Community

On June 24th, 2021, Jordan Antebi  presented to the Trenton Planning Board stories from his award-winning thesis on civic actors in Trenton, NJ who opposed Urban Renewal. Jordan’s research chronicles a turbulent time locally and nationally during the 1950s and 60s. Using “documented experiences of ordinary residents and business owners,” this talk highlighted the interconnectedness of a so-called “divided” community and its protests of social engineering.


The presentation can be viewed here. Please report any issues viewing the presentation to Michael Kolber at


About the Presenter:

Jordan Antebi was the 2019 recipient of the Paul A. Stellhorn New Jersey History Award, recognizing outstanding undergraduate scholarship and writing about a subject in the state’s history. Jordan, a lifelong New Jersey resident, received his A.B. degree in History from Princeton University cum laude in June 2019.  His thesis also won the C.O. Joline Prize in American History and the Dean Hank Dobin Prize in Community Based Scholarship, as well as the Stellhorn Award.

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