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Collection Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting

Introduction: Neighborhood & Work

Paterson's well-defined neighborhoods are populated by people who strongly identify with them — with neighborhoods, or "sections," such as Hillcrest, Lakeview, Peoples' Park, Riverside, Sandy Hill, and Stoney Road. The feeling appears to be rooted in connections between residential and industrial development, between social identity and occupational identity. Therefore, because its exploration could illuminate important intersections between work and other aspects of Patersonians' lives, "Working in Paterson" researchers selected the theme of "neighborhood and work" as a focal point of their field research.

By Tom Carroll

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Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., talks about the importance of Paterson's neighborhoods.

Fieldworker Tom Carroll interviews band member, during the annual San Rocco procession as it passes through the People's Park neighborhood of Paterson, New Jersey.
View of center of Paterson from Garret Mountain.
Looking west and south over the rooftops of a part of what was once the Dublin section, and is now populated mainly by Spanish speakers.
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