the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, after the recent protests in Ridgewood several readers suggested that Ridgewood Schools set up and exchange program with the Paterson Schools system . If “rich white kids” want to protest and speak for African Americans who are struggling what better place to spend some quality time than Ridgewood’s neighbor “Silk City” or Paterson . We are sure a two week immersion program will do wonders .
In 1792, Alexander Hamilton formed an investment group called the Society of Useful Manufactures (the “SUM”) whose funds would be used to develop a planned industrial city in the United States that was later to become Paterson. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 149,222. Census population projections indicate a population of 148,708 as of 2006, making it New Jersey’s third largest city. It is the county seat of Passaic County. Paterson is known as the “Silk City” for its dominant role in silk production during the later 19th century.
Ridgewood kids could go to school , work and enjoy some the city treasures like the Great Falls Historic District and Hinchliffe Stadium one of the last remaining “Negro League” baseball stadiums . They could also explore early 19th manufactures , the textile industry and learn all about working in sweatshops .
They could also test their theories on race relations, police brutality and the drug epidemic . While Paterson kids could come to Ridgewood and enjoy all the “privilege ” that entails . The Ridgewood blog strongly feels this would be a worthwhile project and the kids would be well served .