Michael Ashkin Examines Corruption in New Jersey Urban Renewal Project

November 27, 2014

By Conor Risch


"Dead-on pictures of buildings and objects did not sufficiently capture the sense or truth of the space," Ashkin says. By moving his camera off-center, he tried to capture "that which is not really visible anyway, for instance, the larger forces acting on the landscape."

More than a decade ago, the longtime residents of Long Branch were embroiled in a battle to save their homes. Long Branch mayor Adam Schneider led local officials in the New Jersey seaside community in exploiting eminent domain—laws that allow governments to seize personal property for the public good in exchange for compensation—to seize old homes and buildings, and to...

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