Trenton looks toward revitalization

The city of Trenton is hoping to capitalize on residents' desire to work near home by adapting a new master plan for the state capital.

Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer is hoping to turn parking lots into waterfront homes and bring new businesses and shops to the area.

"I'd love to be able to live in Trenton, to be able to walk to work," says one Trenton resident.

While the soaring cost of gas makes not having to commute appealing, others suggest the city must take on another issue.

"They have to get crime under control," says Mike McSloy.

Some have answered skeptics of the mayor's plan by pointing out a hotel in the area that was built atop a former parking lot.

"When I think about housing, I think we are long overdue," says Joey Festa, known locally as the Mayor of Warren Street - a formerly run-down area that many say has been steadily improving.

City planners in Trenton say some developers have taken an interest in building new market-rate homes, a trend not seen since the 1940s.

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