Carolyn Curtin moved to Asbury Park in 2002 and fell in love with a late Victorian house with a falling-down porch and heaven knows what other problems. She knew nothing about construction, but borrowed a level from a crew rehabbing a building across the street to check it out.
“I walked all three stories and threw down the level; everything was spot on,” she said. She bought the house at auction for 9,000 and began fixing it up. Then she fell in love with her plumber.
Today, Ms. Curtin, 55, has parlayed both romances into a business called Salvage Angel by the Sea. In a former Canada Dry warehouse on the west side of the city, she and her partner, Brett Holloway, collect the architectural fragments of Asbury Park’s upheaval for others to repurpose.
“I couldn’t bear to see everything clear-cut and knocked down and thrown into the heap,” she said.
Ms. Curtin is one of the risk-takers who moved to this historic oceanfront resort when it was a capital of crime, drugs and disappointment. Many came, as she did, for the music and art scene that thrived amid the erosion, with small businesses giving the community its character as a culturally rich outlier on the Jersey Shore.
Now that large-scale development has finally taken off after a few false starts, the streets are safer (crime dropped by 13 percent last year) and Asbury Park is attracting more affluent weekend and full-time residents. Stalwarts like Ms. Curtin are poised both to profit from and mourn the transformation.
On the one hand, median home values have risen 42 percent in the last five years. Instead of eyesores, visitors see retrofitted historic buildings like the three-year-old Asbury Hotel, built in a former Salvation Army boardinghouse, and new construction like Asbury Ocean Club, a luxury condominium-and-hotel complex slated to open this summer. The once-desolate boardwalk and shabby downtown have become vibrant retail corridors.
On the other hand, the rising cost of rent, goods and services is putting a squeeze on the population of 16,000 — 30 percent of whom are living below the poverty line — and, some say, threatening the quirky energy that makes Asbury Park unique.
“What you’re seeing now is revitalization, but also gentrification,” said Amy Quinn, Asbury Park’s deputy mayor. Referring to the demographics of the people who arrived a decade ago or more, she said, “We’re constantly figuring out how to make sure the black, gay, artist and small-business community who came here before this revitalization can remain here.”
One strategy is to push for upward of 20 percent affordable housing in new developments, including those near the ocean, Ms. Quinn said. (A 2002 plan approved by a former city administration called for 3,200 residential units on the waterfront, but made no stipulations for affordability.)
The City Council has also written an ordinance that lets only primary homeowners rent out rooms over short periods. The aim is to prevent outside investors from buying properties to run as seasonal lodgings, when they could be occupied by residents supporting the economy year-round.
In a city with an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent, Ms. Quinn and her colleagues urge new businesses to train and hire locally. She commended iStar, Asbury Park’s leading developer, for doing “work force development on steroids,” but questioned whether a property like the developer’s Asbury Ocean Club, with units listed for as much as million, is the right fit for the community.
Asked about the toll of gentrification on underprivileged residents, iStar’s chairman, Jay Sugarman, said the company was creating opportunities where few previously existed. “The tax revenues that are being created are lifting all boats,” he said. “We’re building an economic base that allows the community to have services and support for all members.”
Not all of iStar’s properties are high-end, he added, pointing to Asbury Lanes, a vintage bowling alley that was reborn two years ago with a new concert stage and a diner.
Kris Moran, a Brooklyn-based film set decorator, lived in Asbury Park for several years in her youth and visits regularly. She and her family stay in a house she bought for a little less than 0,000 in 1997, four doors from her mother. She recalled the days when she had the beach to herself, but had to walk half a mile to find food. Now her 8-year-old son rakes in money at his lemonade stand on the boardwalk, and he has lots of competition from other vendors.
“In the ’80s and ’90s, when a restaurant opened, that would be a big deal,” she said.
Asbury Park is a city of 1.6 square miles, in Monmouth County, on New Jersey’s central coast. Built as a resort in the late 1800s, it has frilly, peaked Victorian architecture, three small lakes and a boardwalk nearly a mile long.
The boundary between east and west will soften with plans to trim the four intimidating traffic lanes on Main Street, which parallels Memorial Drive, to two, with a turning lane in between and space for cyclists.
“Demand is really off the charts” for both sale and rental properties, said Mary McAllister, a broker with Diane Turton, Realtors, in Asbury Park. She noted a particular increase in empty-nesters drawn to Asbury’s walkable streets and many recreations.
The median sale price of homes between Jan. 25 and April 24 was 8,500, according to Trulia. This figure, based on 30 transactions, represented a year-over-year increase of 10 percent.
Even in late April, Asbury Park was open for business, its rough edges buffed by all kinds of cool. Tourists shopped the boardwalk, and dogs tore along the beach. Coney Waffle served bodacious, two-foot-high towers of ice cream, cookies, spun sugar and candy (you can check it out on Instagram).
“We’re LGBT friendly,” Tara Elliott, the owner of Bettie’s Bombshells, a boutique with retro Hollywood glamour clothes, announced almost by way of a greeting. Best of all, there were plenty of parking spaces.
Asbury Park School District is one of 31 SDA, or state-funded, New Jersey school districts. It encompasses three elementary schools (prekindergarten through fifth grade), one middle school (sixth through eighth grade) and one high school (ninth through 12th grade). In the 2017-18 school year, the total enrollment was about 2,000 students.
On 2017-18 state tests, 17 percent of elementary school students met standards in English, compared to 43 percent statewide; 13 percent of middle school students met standards in English, versus 38 percent statewide. No public information was available on math scores.
The average 2017-18 SAT scores by students at Asbury Park High School were 429 in reading and writing and 423 math, versus 530 and 526 statewide, resulting in a ranking of 303 out of 307 high schools in New Jersey.
Parochial schools include Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, which enrolls about 200 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and Hillel Yeshiva High School, which enrolls about 230 students in ninth through 12th grade.
Travel on New Jersey Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line to Pennsylvania Station in New York City takes from 97 to 121 minutes at rush hour, usually with a transfer at Long Branch, N.J. The one-way fare is .25; a monthly pass is 3.
James A. Bradley, a New York City businessman, founded Asbury Park in 1871 on 500 acres of shoreline he bought with a fortune made from manufacturing brushes. He later became the city’s mayor. Having converted to Methodism, he named Asbury Park after Francis Asbury, a bishop who was a founder of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States.
Recent historical accounts of Bradley’s segregationist policies have led some community members to demand that his statue in front of the Asbury Park Convention Hall be taken down.
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本港台现场直播搅珠版【唐】【峰】【回】【家】【的】【时】【候】【唐】【木】【送】【田】【小】【夏】【还】【没】【回】【来】。 【此】【时】【兄】【妹】【两】【个】【还】【在】【聊】【天】，“【你】【真】【的】【不】【打】【算】【说】？【可】【是】【迟】【早】【他】【会】【发】【现】【的】【呀】。” 【唐】【木】【看】【了】【眼】【后】【视】【镜】【才】【对】【田】【小】【夏】【说】：“【先】【不】【说】，【瞒】【得】【一】【天】【是】【一】【天】，【你】【是】【不】【知】【道】，【他】【真】【的】【会】【不】【高】【兴】【的】。” “【随】【你】【吧】，【反】【正】【是】【我】【买】【的】，【他】【不】【高】【兴】【也】【不】【能】【拿】【你】【怎】【么】【样】【吧】。” “【不】【不】【不】，【准】【确】【地】
【众】【人】【第】【一】【次】【因】【为】【走】【哪】【条】【路】【起】【了】【分】【歧】，【最】【后】【有】【人】【提】【议】【折】【中】，【让】【愿】【意】【走】【原】【路】【的】【打】【头】，【选】【出】【两】【个】【人】【先】【去】【前】【头】【看】【看】，【没】【有】【问】【题】【其】【他】【人】【再】【跟】【上】。 【恶】【霸】【先】【是】【站】【了】【出】【来】：“【算】【我】【一】【个】，【谁】【和】【我】【一】【同】【去】【看】【看】。” “【我】【去】！” 【闻】【虎】【见】【恶】【霸】【站】【出】【来】，【自】【己】【也】【是】【跟】【上】，【他】【俩】【在】【老】【家】【的】【时】【候】【就】【认】【识】，【这】【次】【出】【门】【也】【是】【闻】【虎】【联】【系】【的】【恶】【霸】，【此】
【写】【到】【这】【里】，【总】【算】【写】【完】【了】，【磕】【磕】【绊】【绊】，【也】【算】【对】【的】【起】【自】【己】，【对】【的】【起】【大】【家】。 【这】【本】【书】【成】【绩】【扑】【街】，【扑】【到】【姥】【姥】【家】【去】【了】，【到】【目】【前】【为】【止】，【均】【订】23，【最】【高】【订】【阅】53，【总】【订】【阅】3311，【字】【数】83.4【万】【字】，【我】【都】【不】【知】【道】【是】【怎】【么】【坚】【持】【到】【现】【在】【的】。 【还】【好】【大】【体】【上】【写】【完】【了】，【述】【说】【了】【一】【个】【完】【整】【的】【故】【事】，【也】【算】【对】【订】【阅】【过】【的】【朋】【友】【有】【了】【一】【个】【交】【代】，【最】
【最】【近】【十】【年】，【安】【徽】【池】【州】【搞】【房】【地】【产】【开】【发】【的】【时】【候】，【牵】【扯】【到】【一】【座】【无】【名】【坟】【墓】。【当】【地】【曹】【氏】【族】【人】【严】【起】【抗】【议】，【声】【称】【墓】【的】【主】【人】【是】【自】【己】【的】【祖】【先】【之】【一】，【清】【代】【的】【武】【状】【元】【曹】【曰】【玮】。 【最】【后】【曹】【氏】【族】【人】【只】【得】【将】【先】【人】【改】【葬】，【可】【当】【打】【开】【曹】【曰】【玮】【的】【棺】【材】【时】，【却】【发】【现】【了】【让】【人】【意】【外】【的】【事】。 【里】【面】【的】【尸】【体】【没】【有】【头】【颅】。 【曹】【曰】【玮】，【号】【秀】【山】，【字】【继】【武】。【形】【意】【拳】【奉】【为】【第】【三】本港台现场直播搅珠版【虚】【空】【之】【中】，【光】【华】【灿】【烂】。【在】【那】【光】【华】【之】【中】，【仿】【佛】【一】【切】【都】【失】【了】【色】，【一】【切】【都】【没】【了】【声】。 【这】【一】【刻】，【雷】【恩】【世】【界】【中】【潜】【心】【修】【炼】【的】【梅】【丽】【迪】、【晴】【雨】、【涂】【亚】、【逝】【等】【等】【与】【罗】【林】【关】【系】【密】【切】【的】【亲】【人】、【朋】【友】【们】【似】【有】【所】【感】，【不】【约】【而】【同】【的】【从】【修】【炼】【中】【醒】【来】。 【梅】【丽】【迪】【仰】【望】【着】【虚】【空】，【含】【着】【眼】【泪】【喊】【道】：“【罗】【林】！” “【爸】【爸】！”【这】【是】【晴】【雨】【哭】【腔】【的】【声】【音】，【千】【年】【了】，
【葛】【婷】【的】【话】，【让】【农】【芸】【心】【里】【愧】【疚】【又】【不】【知】【道】【该】【怎】【么】【办】。 【农】【芸】【也】【知】【道】【葛】【婷】【是】【真】【心】【想】【要】【和】【她】【们】【交】【朋】【友】【的】，【这】【一】【点】【农】【芸】【从】【来】【都】【没】【有】【怀】【疑】【过】。 【但】【是】【她】【相】【信】，【也】【没】【有】【办】【法】【啊】，【最】【主】【要】【的】【不】【是】【她】【的】【想】【法】，【而】【是】【魏】【薇】【她】【们】【的】。 【她】【又】【不】【能】【控】【制】【魏】【薇】【她】【们】【的】【想】【法】，【魏】【薇】【她】【们】【不】【愿】【意】【接】【受】【葛】【婷】，【她】【还】【能】【怎】【么】【办】？ 【有】【时】【候】，【农】【芸】【真】【的】【觉】
【厚】【着】【脸】【皮】【出】【现】，【请】【大】【家】【轻】【骂】…… 【新】【书】《【最】【强】【无】【敌】【宗】【门】》【已】【上】【架】，【有】【兴】【趣】【的】【可】【以】【移】【步】【去】【看】【看】！ 【起】【点】【搜】【一】【下】【就】【能】【看】【到】！
【姚】【元】【均】【两】【日】【后】【便】【到】【了】【蓉】【城】【的】【学】【府】【城】，【颜】【梦】【引】【着】【他】【见】【了】【书】【院】【院】【长】【容】【昱】，【至】【于】【军】【事】【学】【院】，【好】【吧】，【原】【谅】【她】【没】【有】【找】【到】【合】【适】【的】【院】【长】【人】【选】。 【如】【今】【西】【南】【学】【府】【城】【已】【基】【本】【建】【成】，【剩】【下】【的】【也】【只】【是】【配】【套】【设】【施】【和】【招】【商】【的】【工】【作】，【颜】【梦】【将】【其】【丢】【给】【刘】【二】【这】【个】【采】【购】【大】【管】【事】【后】【便】【与】【孟】【轩】【昂】【潇】【洒】【的】【走】【了】。 【刘】【二】【这】【些】【年】【历】【练】【的】【越】【发】【成】【熟】，【想】【要】【在】【他】【手】【上】【占】【得】