In today√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s New York Times, another in-depth portrait on Montclair, this time detailing how Montclair State University and its student body are virtually adrift at the northern most-point in town, a "metropolis" on a hill, all by its lonesome. The article opens with the sentence:
√¢‚Ç¨≈ìThe story of Montclair, in a sense, is a tale of two cities.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù It sounded so familiar, we had to check back to the Times√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ coverage of our town’s "division" in the aftermath of an alleged rape some weeks back. That time they said:
"But Montclair is almost a tale of two cities, with big, expensive houses on tree-lined avenues and neighborhoods with gritty street corners and hair-braiding salons.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù
Besides defining new dividing lines, the Times article also reveals plans for a university shuttle that could take students downtown (to Upper Montclair, located more than a mile away from campus) so they can √¢‚Ç¨≈ìgo to the movies, shop, go out to eat, buy books, go to the Gap, etc.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù We guess walking or riding bikes, or bumming rides with friends that drive, is out of the question.