Reading the Landscape: 50


Irving Street — where Nicholoas Tesla once owned a factory —  in downtown Rahway, New Jersey has never struck me as a particularly dangerous place, but this mural reminds me of a horrible and senseless crime that happened earlier this year.

Jamal Gaines, a small business owner at 19, dead at 21.

Gaines, 21, co-owned the popular Irving Street sneaker boutique East Coast and was also partners in other tri-state stores, capitalizing on his love of being a “sneakerhead” which started when he was a teenager, said Tina Wilson, his mother.

But it was at that same shop where Gaines’ “booming” career as an entrepreneur was tragically cut short Friday when he was fatally shot.

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