Ms. Hamilton’s Topic: Paterson, New Jersey: A City of History and Hope


Paterson Great Falls 3-2010 010My topic is Paterson, New Jersey: A City of History and Hope”. It will be a digital archive which highlights the history of the city and the Paterson of today. I have never lived in Paterson, New Jersey, but have lived in its more suburban periphery. What has always amazed me about this city is the pride of the people. Undeterred by media scrutiny, negative views and people’s perceptions of Paterson, many proudly call it home. I often go to Paterson for the shopping, especially the Turkish markets, the ethnic beauty supply section on Broadway and the downtown stores. I often wonder how this city, which was once an industrial mecca, is now rated on many city data sites as one of the most crime-ridden cities in America and one of the most dangerous places to live, especially when it is surrounded by many areas of affluence and right down the street from Paramus, New Jersey, the mall capital of America. For me, Paterson has always symbolized hope and its rich history provides remarkable insight into America’s history.

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About Ms. Hamilton

Ms. Hamilton is a longtime New Jersey resident and a veteran of the U.S. Army. She attended Katharine Gibbs College in Montclair, New Jersey, where she completed the Paralegal Studies Certification Program and is also a State of New Jersey Notary Public. She has worked in the legal field for many years, mostly in the area of quasi-criminal law. She completed her B.S. in Information Technology at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is currently completing her M.A. in Public Policy at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Her areas of interest are social policy and criminal rights.
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