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The End Of Lakewood Tent City?

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The community of Lakewood, New Jersey is extremely culturally and religiously diverse. On one side of town you have a huge Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of about 50,000 people and on the other side is a large Hispanic community.

Nestled between these two neighborhoods is Lakewood’s tent city which is in danger because a new town rezoning map could possibly allow for the Ultra-Orthodox community to expand into a metropolis in the woods creating an even larger Jewish community that would rival that of Brooklyn’s.

The land that this tent city falls on is public and is not supposed to be used for development. However, the rezoning map would allow this space to be used for more housing.

Lakewood’s Mayor Albert Akerman said that the town is appealing for people of the Jewish faith to relocate to because it has all of the amenities including kosher food centers, over 100 temples and over 100 schools. Lakewood also houses the largest Jewish college in the United States.

The mayor and other members of the Jewish community in Lakewood have been struggling with the people of tent city for a while now. They are behind the legal issues involving Pastor Steve and fully support getting this neighborhood off of public land.

Many people feel like this could be a win-win situation for all involved. The Jewish community can expand onto the public land, while approving additional funding to help relocate the homeless living in the tent city.

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