Montclair Master Plan: Like, Dislike, No Comment?

Montclair Master Plan Draft ReleasedIf you haven’t already made your opinions known about the Montclair Master Plan by either phoning or emailing council members or
speaking up at one council meeting, or another, or writing letters to the editor at local newspapers, you may want to check out a new Facebook page titled Save Upper Montclair (SUM) is encouraging residents to contact council members directly with their opinions, and to share thoughts on the page. Montclair Watercooler Connections (a private Yahoo group) has also been abuzz, and their Facebook page is directing residents to vote in a poll, thumbs up or down on the plan.

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  1. The Montclair government and planning boards fail to understand architecture and urbanism. They proved this dangerous reality when they approved the Christopher Court Project as well as many other bad projects…They didn’t understand the volumetrics of the proposed drawings and then just acted shocked after it was built. (they acted opon the “artist’s rendering” that made the project seem like someone’s back yard in Mendham)
    The implementation of this Master Plan would be an even worse tragedy. It would destroy everything that we love about the Montclair townscape. The tree lined streets would have to go because as you all probably notice, they are already becoming maxed out to the volume of traffic on busy days during the week. There are lines of cars blocked at the intersections already. Good bye Montclair trees and hello noise and light pollution.
    Then, there would be all of those new and obtuse tall buildings that obviously would never fit into the landscape in the first place. The worst thing that this master plan is ignoring is that these new buildings would completely destroy the view of Manhattan from the hillside for the property owners on South Mountain…Upper Mountain…Highland..Lloyd Road….Undercliffe…Afterglow. These are the property owners who also pay the highest taxes and they are already up in arms about this situation. I studied Architecture at Cooper Union and because of that privilege, I feel obliged to say something. The Master Plan would destroy Montclair and should be undoubtably rejected.

  2. The Master plan is set to prevent such eyesores such as Christoper Court. If there is no outline as to what IS allowed how can there be any reason behind what ISNT?..With that said I think the final master plan must account for building standards when it comes to aesthetics. Not necessarily historic districts but maybe certain designations?..We’ve been led astray when it comes to the drawings matching the final products and the fool me once/fool me twice situation just wont cut it anymore.

  3. There are a lot of assumptions being made by the planners based on current demographic trends, that all conclude we will need to have more apartments and more density is good. The population will increase, the population is aging, income disparity will continue to be a problem, better educated people are flocking to urban areas, more density means more bike and pedestrian friendly streets because fewer people will have cars etc. therefore, we will need to develop guidelines for a smart urban environment.

    As Walleroo would say, there’s quite a bit of horse puckey here.

    1. So far, Montclair’s population is not on the rise and the Northeast is actually losing people to the South and West. Where does this data come from? NJT? Oh.
    2. The population is aging, but not all seniors will want to sell their homes and move to smaller units here in town. Some will move in with family members, some will move to complexes with amenities, some will move back into the city (the real city) and some will move to warmer climates.
    3. Income disparity may not go away, but people are still buying single family homes here, particularly when they realize they are living in cramped spaces in NYC and will have to pay $40k per year for junior’s schooling, starting with Kindergarten.
    4. People are indeed moving back into urban centers – Montclair is not and never will be Brooklyn. Or even Hoboken.
    5. There’s so much talk about walkable neighborhoods, bike friendly streets and vibrant neighborhoods that will all be the result of increase density. Show me the numbers. Has density and great transportation done much for Newark? We have a big parking deck, new train station and a number of apartment complexes at Bay Street. Is that neighborhood safe for pedestrians and cyclists? Density does not automatically equal vibrancy or pedestrian and bike friendly streets. Personally, I ride my bike and walk as much as possible and stay off the main roads and get off my bike to cross intersections. More people will mean more cars.

    For bikers, we could really use some bike lanes. If they want to create a more vibrant downtown, we need a safe public gathering area (town square) will little or no vehicular traffic and we need to improve the area around our main train station to make it a safer place.

  4. George Egan’s now infamous MT letter to the editor about 1973 direct costs moves the Master Plan discussion to another plane. Even lacking a present day analysis, it is still relevant to speculate on the impact of each of the 3 alternative outcomes (single family or multi-family or commercial) is assumed to be presently paying more than they receive in services.
    Evaluating these outcomes in the context of the 5 MP Growth Scenarios, assume PILOTs for a majority of new mixed use development, and the fact that residential ratable are 90% of our tax base, I don’t see how we can develop our way to a lower tax burden as our primary strategy.

  5. Frank, I long ago concluded there is little or no concern for the single family homeowner and the township is here to serve another agenda. Upper Montclair in particular is often looked upon with much disdain.

  6. You’re all overreacting to the Upper Montclair thing. The upper wards have historically fared much, much better than the lower wards in terms of urban planning and development. The south and east end of town – the so-called ghetto of Montclair – has been the dumping ground for the rest of the town’s undesirables: “affordable” housing, senior housing, mental patient homes, assisted living facilies, cookie-cutter condos, etc. The upper montclair residents should be counting their blessings that they don’t have all of that in their backyard.

  7. Were it not for those like yourself who perpetuate such pejorative language as “ghetto, dumping ground, and undesirables” – perhaps the paradigm of “”affordable” housing, senior housing, mental patient homes, assisted living facilies, cookie-cutter condos, etc”, at least in some small way, could begin to be broken.

    Just a thought, redrum, but I’m sure you count your blessings.

  8. Count our Blessing???? B.S. That’s why we pay so much to live here. If they started building “affordable” housing, senior housing, mental patient homes, assisted living facilies, cookie-cutter condos, etc in Upper Montclair…..See ya!!

  9. I’m not sure who these “Save Upper Montclair” people think they are, but Upper Montclair doesn’t need saving of any kind. Upper Montclair, as a whole, is the part of town that the Master Plan affects THE LEAST. The only area where the master plan calls for development is in the business area around Valley and Belleview. The plan also targets the Valley and Van Vleck area, South End, Walnut Street, Watchung Plaza, and all of downtown. That’s one neighborhood versus 5 in the rest of town.

    I don’t think the big parking lot by the train station helps Upper Montclair’s “village charm.” If there were some nice shops built there, and a parking deck behind them, Upper Montclair would have even more “village charm” (and there would be more parking!) The grand cause that “Save Upper Montclair” is rallying behind is preserving a parking lot. What silliness.

    Also, there’s talk about how the Master Plan would “ruin” Anderson Park. If you look at the map, there is actually only ONE property next to the park that is selected for development, which is the parking lot of the other side of the train tracks. Montclair is nothing like Manhattan, but I might observe that the presence of tall buildings doesn’t exactly “ruin” Central Park. A closer example is the park in downtown Bloomfield, which is lined by 4 or 5 story apartment buildings. Again, nothing was “ruined” by those buildings. If they plant the trees right, a building in that parking lot might not even be noticeable.

    And one final note. There’s a 6 or 7 story apartment building that’s currently visible across the railroad track from parts of Anderson Park. No one seems to be complaining about it and it’s been there for decades. As I see it, the Upper Montclair residents who are loudly protesting about new development of any kind anywhere in Upper Montclair should quit their bellyaching and focus on real issues like affordable housing, impractical public transportation for getting around town, pedestrian safety, historic preservation, bike lanes, our school system and how to get more people shopping in town instead of those big box stores on the highway, to name a few.

  10. Some of these residents in Upper Montclair need a tour around town. I lived in the 3rd ward for years, and I consider it to be a real gem. Get a map and explore. As for the high rise buildings around the park in downtown Bloomfield, they look like Housing projects to me. I think the ones on the other side of the Parkway are senior citizen projects. They make
    The whole area blends in with North Newark and psychologically and sociologically creates a tension and feeling that the place is not safe…especially with that bus stop on Bloomfield ave. Then you have eyesore Chinese stores and 99 cent stores, hair supply and nail shops and its no wonder there are so many violent crimes in the vicinity of Conger St and Glenwood in Bloomfield. It’s an ugly third world with lawless drivers down there. I avoid it at all costs. Is this what we want to turn Anderson Park into?

  11. Everything frankgg said.

    The real solution is making sure those in the town government who are supporting this are not reelected.

  12. In the State that is the poster child for Home Rule, I continually chuckle at the few who rail against the Upper Montclair moniker. Of course, they have no clue there is an Upper Montclair in Clifton and Little Falls.
    Nonfat, the 3rd warders know they have a very nice, diverse gem of a ward. They don’t like to talk about it. You must be new.

  13. It’s a travesty! These amateurs will ruin our town. I remember talk of stable taxes and safe streets – I do NOT recall electing real estate developers!

  14. The priority should be affordable taxes for existing residents vs. creating more/new affordable housing for new residents at the expense of current residents! We are not affordable housing developers, we are a community. If that’s your thing, by all means, donate to HomeCorp or Habitat for Humanity – two fine orgs. I already “gave at the office” by being a community based social worker and paying exorbitant taxes for my overpriced home, knowing that I do so in order to support the various other poor and struggling cities of Essex County – something I do knowingly and willingly because I believe in community! Trying to characterize those of us who wish to preserve the aesthetic quality of UPM Village as elitist and xenophobic is petty and ludicrous. That said, do I think there is, on the other side, some ill spirited populist zeal behind supporting this plan, a let’s stick it to UPM agenda? I do, and it’s short sighted and pathetic!

  15. “The priority should be affordable taxes for existing residents vs. creating more/new affordable housing for new residents at the expense of current residents!” ~ SO TRUE!

    The Master Plan, a feeble and not guaranteed attempt to lower taxes, would destroy the Montclair that is loved by the existing residents.

  16. The Master Plan is a disaster. The Mayor and the Town Council have no record of listening to the town’s people, so “phoning or emailing council members or
    speaking up at one council meeting, or another, or writing letters to the editor at local newspapers,” or even commenting here is likely to have little impact. The Town Council will approve this plan much as it is now, and they will do what they can to start to implement it.

    The discussion here about the Master Plan being rejected because people in Upper Montclair want to protect their “UPM Village” lifestyle is both right and wrong. Yes, people do want to protect what is good in Montclair and they do not want the kind of cheap and ill-considered developments of the past in Montclair to be carried forth.

    Mayor Jackson and the members of the Town Council are simply wrong, not simply about the Master Plan as it affects Upper Montclair, but perhaps even moreso as it affects Montclair’s centers on Bloomfield Avenue and Walnut Street. It is a plan designed for developers and contractors, not for the people who live in the town.

    Behind all of this is the town’s debt, which has spiraled out of control, which Mayor Jackson and this Town Council have already increased (with help from the Town Attorney and the School Board). This is Montclair’s biggest problem. And it is simply not being addressed.

    There is no budget with this Master Plan. Without a budget, it is simply meaningless, or worse. It will turn the town over to private developers who will do second-rate work to turn a larger profit.

    It is beyond reason to want to increase the Montclair population in order to reduce the debt. This will not happen. It will result only in a more densely populated urban area with a reduced quality of life and increased crime.

    The Montclair Master Plan should be a plan about how to make the town more liveable for the people who already live in the town and how to reduce spending,have a town that lives within its means, and reduce property taxes. Do this and you will get investment and worthwhile investment. Follow the proposed Master Plan and you will get shoddy plywood buildings that look cheap and will fall apart in 10 years when the developers are gone with the taxpayers’ dollars in tow.

  17. So true, idratherbeat63!

    There are two former mayors who are behind this push for this Master Plan to destroy the characteristic townscape as a non guaranteed strategy to lower taxes. The former mayors’ past performances and strategies contributed to the current debt and high taxes in the first place and they should be prevented from pulling the whole town with them again into their downward spiral.

  18. George Egan’s letter to the Montclair Times makes it clear that single family homes are a better bang for the buck tax wise than other types of multi-family units. Development is not going to solve our financial woes (although it might fix the hole in the wallet of our real estate developer Mayor whose last big project didn’t go so well). Upper Montclair is just fine without a parking deck- I don’t believe the parking decks and new apartment buildings at Bay Street and Church street have decreased the amount of vehicular traffic and made the areas safer for bikes and pedestrians. Just look at the police reports for the last few months….the area around the Bay Street station isn’t safe.

  19. I’m calling bs on Jerseygurl.

    I’ve read this assertion from you again and again: “…the area around the Bay Street station isn’t safe.”

    What, exactly, is unsafe? There have been no muggings, break-ins or property crimes in recent memory.

    This seems like the same, tired attitudes about this part of town…

  20. “I do NOT recall electing real estate developers!” – and that is, in a nutshell, the problem in Montclair. Bad choices by a badly informed, lazy electorate. The last election provided clear choices and you got it very wrong.

  21. Blaming this council for the Master Plan Draft is a mistake.

    Clearly, some of the Council has concerns with this draft. Others have reserved comment. But, the fact is most of the draft was set in motion well before the election campaign.

    A essential feature of this MP was the addition of a circulation element. This is not a required element. Why was it included? It was funded by the NJ DOT. Their agenda – maximization of transit services in the most economical way.

    The program was owned by The College of NJ – the academic champion of implementing Form Based Codes. Montclair requested to be one of the demonstration towns back in 2010.

    Furthermore, the growth scenarios were all in place by the end of 2011! 6 months ahead of the election. None of the slates running addressed the Master Plan in their campaigns.

    All the stakeholders were interviewed before the election. Public input was done the year before the election.

    In summary, Montclair elected most of the current council because they did support development as the primary strategy for relieving the tax burden on residents. But, the Master Plan Draft was solidly in place before the election votes were even cast.

  22. Goodbye, Bedford Falls… hello Pottersville… 🙁

    Should read, “Goodbye, Montclair…Hello, Plofkerville… 🙁

  23. Relax people, there have been recent shootings on both Greenwood and Mission Streets. Just type in Pine Street in the search box right here and see how many times reports of vandalism show up.

    The point I was trying to make is that adding a parking deck and some more apartments in Upper Montclair is not going to improve the quality of life there as is claimed by proponents of the Master Plan, and we already have two decks as an example.

  24. Jerseygurl,

    The Bay Street deck has greatly improved the quality of life in the area. The apartments that were built as a result of the redevelopment project injected new life into the neighborhood. The station has become an essential hub of transit in the area. Clearly, you do not spend much time in the neighborhood. And yet you’ve made this claim before about the area being “unsafe.”

    If “vandalism” is your benchmark of what makes a neighborhood “unsafe”, then I assume you avoid Watchung Plaza at all costs, since the train station there is a constant target. Not to mention a mass shooting.

    I suspect your definition of “unsafe” is clouded by something else.

  25. “I do NOT recall electing real estate developers!” – and that is, in a nutshell, the problem in Montclair. Bad choices by a badly informed, lazy electorate. The last election provided clear choices and you got it very wrong.


  26. What exactly does the iffy phrase “quality of life” mean? Will current Upper Montclair residents become unemployed and have their life expectancies decrease?

    The opposition to apartment buildings in Upper Montclair based on unspecific “quality of life” concerns is just a veil for classism. Affordable apartments would mean that people other than upper-middle-class-and-above could move into Upper Montclair. And then the fear is that those apartment dwellers would cause crime, which is of course a baseless generalization.

    The Siena building, as ugly as it is, isn’t exactly a criminal headquarters.

  27. I’m with Spork. I live on Godfrey, a block from Anderson. I walk to Upper Montclair Downtown almost 3 times a week. Bring on the Urbanization, my Single Family will be more attractive everyday… They will build high-end rentals or Condos. No doubt!

  28. Spork, I’m talking about the MP and the assumptions being made. Many of the quality of life issues as defined by the Master Plan mean pedestrian and bike friendly neighborhoods, and less vehicular traffic. Once more, adding a parking deck and additional apartments in Upper Montclair is NOT going to decrease traffic. The assumption being made is that people in the new buildings won’t have cars, or will have fewer cars which is a flawed assumption. More people means more cars, a parking deck means a park-and-ride and more cars. I already cannot ride my bike on Valley or Bellevue – the traffic makes it impossible. (And the same is true for Bloomfield Avenue and Valley in downtown, I take residential streets). There have been no traffic studies done and a lot of this will largely benefit NJT and developers. Upper Montclair is already a successful transit village.

  29. 3rd Ward Rulez!

    What are they planning for the Van Vleck area? I can’t get the PFD of the master plan to load.

  30. The vision is to make Valley/Van Vleck like the current Upper Montclair business district.

  31. I don’t think Bay St. feels safe at all. There is a corner liquor store with loiterers and storefronts that are boarded up; it does not feel safe. News of shootings around that area doesn’t help. As for the apartments around there, below is an excerpt on a review of the Montclair Residences (and an example of how quality of life can deteriorate with “affordable” housing):

    “this apartment complex is a glorified housing project in an unsafe section of Montclair. There seem to be a disproportionate amount of low-income/Section 8 residents living in the building creating an environment (within the building) that is unsafe and uncomfortable. I have been asked for money in the hallways on 3 occasions by neighbors or guests of neighbors. This is unfortunate and sad as I genuinely believe there are residents struggling to get by in the building but this makes for a very uncomfortable living environment.”

    Read more:

  32. And an older review:

    Low-income/public housing: 10% of the building is section 8 and it shows. To be fair, it seems to be a case of a few ruining it for the many, but nonetheless they are indeed ruining this building. A week ago there was a physical fight that took place in the hallways that lasted for about 15-20 minutes with tons of screaming going on. Upon calling 911, I was informed that police were already on site, but that they couldn’t get into the building because they didn’t have a code to get past the security swipe. RIDICULOUS!!!!! The cops can’t get in, but anyone can walk right off the corner of Pine & Glenridge. I later discovered that most people know the code to bypass the security in the first place.

    The location is horrible for crime. Check the police blotters for the last couple of months and you will see that within a 3 block radius is probably where most of all of montclair’s crime takes place. There’s a liquor store at the corner that has people hanging out at all times and is a known high-drug transactional area.

    This is NOT a safe place to live. It was one thing when it was outside, it’s another thing when that element can walk right into the building and the cops can’t.”

  33. writesandscribbles,

    Ah, no to pretty much everything you’ve asserted:

    “storefronts that are boarded up”

    Um, no. There are no boarded up storefronts.

    “News of shootings around that area doesn’t help.”

    Um, no. You are making this up. There was an incident 4 years ago?

    “There’s a liquor store at the corner that has people hanging out at all times and is a known high-drug transactional area.”

    Um, no. There’s a liquor store. There’s a couple of harmless old men who hold court there. Do they scare you?

    I have a feeling you would like to say something else about this area. C’mon there buddy, why don’t you get it off your chest? It will make you feel so much better…

  34. I said what I wanted to say about that area– it doesn’t feel safe. We shouldn’t be bullied into saying otherwise if we don’t believe it. Those reviews speak volumes about what it’s like living there. Hopefully, the master plan will proactively address the safety concerns in that area because it does have great potential.

  35. relax people you are being a bit ignorant yourself.
    Not only can you get served there as a minor (I know for a fact), but you can score any kind of drug you want on the way out….(I know for a fact).

  36. comeon,

    Are you so ignorant that you don’t realize that you can score any kind of drug you want in any part of town?

  37. “News of shootings around that area doesn’t help.”

    “Um, no. You are making this up. There was an incident 4 years ago?”

    Weren’t there just two shootings on Misson and Greenwood Ave in the last month along with a guy arrested over in that area for carrying an illegal, defaced handgun with hollow point bullets? Isn’t this pretty much in the same area as Bay Street or is Mission/Greenwood a completely different part of town?

  38. Frank Rubacky, yes I realize my avatar photo from the 1st Ward. We would never have such a ridiculous thing in the 3rd Ward! Just kidding. I am ward agnostic and I miss that bush around the stop sign.

    Thanks for the info regarding the Van Vleck area plan. Just what we need, another business district just a couple of blocks between Verona’s and the beginning of the west tip of the Montclair Mile with its many empty storefronts. At least they are planning on making it swanky. I wonder if it will include an overpriced gas station and grocery store just like Upper Montclair’s business district. Oh, I forgot the Whole Foods just a couple of blocks away. That’s one down.

  39. I finally got to read the pdf and it seems I misunderstood. They want to refine the business area that’s already there on Valley Rd rather than create a new area up toward Upper Mountain Ave around the Van Vleck gardens. I can see their point. I never even thought of that area as a distinct business district even though I’ve used it. Guess I always thought of it as an extension of Bloomfield Ave.

  40. Get yourself a nice Staffordshire Terrier. They make wonderful pets and are easy to train. Mine is so well trained that I only put her on a leash to tie her up when I go grocery shopping or to play Tennis at Mountainside Park. You will be safe in any part of town you choose to live.

  41. “Montclair elected most of the current council because they did support development . . . .” If less than 15% of the eligible voters elect the mayor and town council, can we say that this is truly democratic? Can we say that the elected officials “represent” the town’s people?

    Also, no budget, no plan. Without a budget attached to the plan, it is all pie in the sky – that will cost cost cost. Without a budget any plan is irresponsible planning.

    This “master plan” is simply political drivel to keep the town’s people believing that their elected officials are doing something. When this drivel hits reality, however, only high costs, shoddy workmanship and damage to the town’s life can result.

    Buying property in Montclair is, not only paying a premium price for what you get, it is also paying to be overly taxed while buying someone else’s debt.

  42. I read the pdf Master Plan. My reaction is that the observations are opinions, many arguable as to significance or requiring any action by outside forces. Face it, we are what we are based on the proximity to the commercial center of the northern hemisphere, NYC. By happenstance we are a long, narrow town with 5-6 train stops and pretty good bus service from public and private bus companies. Opinions abound, but action requires vision and money. For myself, I am of the opinion that Christopher Court is a major improvement and wonderful example of a charming Victorian street in the modern mode. I imagine the tax revenue from the street is a net plus over the delapidated “inn.” I was particularly taken and confused by the comments in the plan about park spaces not being connected. How is that be a solvable problem and to what benefit? I would say we have a wonderful set of park spaces, large and small, and more than most towns in NJ. Access to these probably adds 10% to the value of any Montclair home. As for the demographic and population projections, I don’t trust them on the basis of total unpredictability of world events as well as local leadership. If we sell any more schools and then learn that we need a new $25 million one, we will have shot ourselves in the foot, again. Besides, market forces usually take care of future housing needs. My $350,000 2-bedroom house , assessed at over $400,000, will increase in value and I can retire to somewhere else. I like the Four Seasons complex on our northern border. They are very nice and a few left to sell.

  43. Opinion and vision are very subjective. There is not one necessarily right or wrong when taken to the observers context and tastes. The true visionary puts the ideas into the context of overall history and dynamics of an established design and mindset of the community it is being applied too. Christopher court would probably fit the critique of “a major improvement and wonderful example of a charming Victorian street in the modern mode” is Hoboken or Jersey City, rather than the abomination it is in Montclair. The shame of this is the bounty of gentrification opportunities where wildwoodben’s vision and math would be a fine thing. But my opinion is get your retirement money somewhere else and take your vision with you. Montclair’s real chance was embracing the art colony it was once was in the charter that that professed to find those roots. It is an eclectic mix of eccentric visions that can mesh …. with views of NYC; and not increasing density in the hope of fiscal nirvana.

  44. Classism?!? Baloney. It’s plain old social engineering. As soon as they build section 8 housing in Upper Montclair, that will be the icing on the cake. Game over. I’m not supporting any sort of urbanization initiative with my tax dollars, and I suspect that for every starry eyed Utopian, there will be four or five pragmatists that vote with their feet. In any case the town appears to be headed for a funding crisis in the not too distant future. Things aren’t that rosy in public finance, and soon the fiscally irresponsible will be exposed. As Warren Buffet said: “When the tide goes out, we’ll see who’s been swimming naked.” It won’t be pretty.

  45. “I’m not supporting any sort of urbanization initiative . . .”

    Cool your jets, deadeye, no one is talking about building Section 8 Housing in Upper Montclair. You are an alarmist, among other things. Is “Natty Dreadlocks” lurking in Anderson Park or do we need reminding?

    Social engineering my eye. What nonsense.

    Paranoia runs deep.

  46. “…It’s a travesty! These amateurs will ruin our town. I remember talk of stable taxes and safe streets – I do NOT recall electing real estate developers!…”

    YES, as I recall there were 2 “Bean-counters” EXACTLY WHAT THIS TOWN NEEDS!!!

    Unfortunately they SPLIT the vote – so the MAJORITY of what the Voters wanted: Fiscal Restraint, Better Planning and ACCOUNTABILITY, as well as Transparent Budgets are being completely being ignored by those elected with only a fraction of the vote. They are NOT performing their DUTY to the citizens of Montclair.

    They are clearly groveling to the plans, profit-motives, and absurd projections of the Greedy Developers and those that assist them.

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

    The quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions

  47. “As soon as they build section 8 housing in Upper Montclair, that will be the icing on the cake.”

    —I hear that this Section 8 housing will be built by UN Shock Troops operating under the rules of Agenda 21!!

    yes, the Right is populated by “pragmatists”, not paranoids…

  48. I can imagine that great great grandpa deadeye was really mad when slavery was abolished. I think he said something like “This is plain old social engineering-bah humbug!” He might have muttered something about “states rights” too. Then his grandson, gramps deadeye, got really mad when it was no longer okay for kids to work in factories. “This is plain old social engineering”, he harrumphed. Then he muttered something like “the free market is being strangled” . Of course, great great grandpa deadeye was right. Ending slavery was social engineering. And, gramps deadeye was also right. Getting kids out of factories was also social engineering. But their heir, and our friend, deadeye, is seeing Section 8 housing where no such plans exist. As of now, the late night hospital orderlies, nursing home dishwashers and other similar hard working people with tiny incomes, all of whom deadeye might really need someday, are not expected to have a subsidized apartment overlooking Anderson Park.

  49. …”Goodbye, Bedford Falls… hello Pottersville… 🙁
    Should read, “Goodbye, Montclair… Hello, Plofkerville …”

    Should actually be known as FLOPkerville

    I used to call Montclair “Plofkerville” until I read about his MAJOR MONEY PARTNER on virtually everything in Montclair apparently should likely be In PRISON for INSIDER TRADING and OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE! Martha Stewart went to prison just for a mere $200,000 sell-off of stock, (presumably from advance knowledge or tips) and attempting to obstruct the investigation by the Securities and Exchange Committee.

    HA! Don’t you know about The Wacky Waksal Brothers ? !

    So what did FLOPker’s partner do? He may or may not have alerted other “family and friends” to the likelihood of their company failing to get FDA approval. She sold $200,000 – but Harlan Waksal sold $50 MILLION!!!!! dollars worth of stock in advance. That’s 250 times as much as Ms. Martha!

    Just from reading The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal I learned that his brother, the supposed research scientist was “ousted from FOUR Prestigious Labs for his questionable work!” Yuch! Spilled or missing experiments, culture results apparently contaminated or destruction of cultures, etc.
    Stanford University, Tufts University, National Cancer Institute, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine !!!!!

    “Watch out for Waksal” as one previous employer warned another! And one person said Waksal “had an extra gift of creating an illusion” Ha! Sound Familiar?

    Montclair’s own Harlan Waksal ordered paper shredders during the time that the investigation by the United States
    House Committee demanded information and expressed concern for any destruction of documents related to its investigation.

    Montclair will ALWAYS be TAINTED with this Developer (What a FLOP!) and his Developer Partners, unless the people who care about Montclair’s future actively CHANGE the way this town has been overrun with ONLY a Developer’s Interest’s in mind! I am NOT against change and development, I am a small real estate developer, and, well … sometimes smaller IS BEAUTIFUL!!!

    I think the push for making Montclair a City / substantially larger, removing several Parks (most with very old trees) and the proposed plan to build tall buildings next to the parking lots by train stations at Walnut Street, Watchung, and Bellevue is SO WRONG… – that ANY advocates, in my opinion are completely at odds with WHAT THE PEOPLE ACTUALLY WANT!

    NOBODY screamed for this!
    NOBODY petitioned for this!
    – EXCEPT perhaps the Greedy Developers who are waiting with baited breath to see if Montclair residents will sit by Idly and let this “new council” pass an unsupported “Master Plan”

    Read it yourself! Articles referenced:

  50. Spiro, For what it’s worth I’m a first generation American. None of my ancestors had the remotest connection to slavery. Sorry. No one ever collected a dime in government handouts, housing subsidies, etc. in my or my wife’s families. Everyone was oddly self reliant, hence my disdain for those that blame society for their bad choices or problems, and would have the taxpayers subsidize their lifestyles. If you don’t earn enough money to live in Upper Montclair, you should live where you can afford to, not turn the town upside down to accommodate you at the expense of others.

  51. For all you doubters that people who live in apartment buildings near train stations will drive less than their counterparts in suburban-style houses several blocks from anything, I would like to submit this online review that someone wrote about the Montclair Residences, an apartment building at Bay Street Station,

    I moved in this past April and did have reservations after reading the reviews on here. While the rent is higher here than other places I checked out, you can’t beat the location. My commute to work is awesome since the train is literally right here and I’m able to walk to some awesome bars and restaurants – Pig and Prince is two blocks over and everything else is only a few blocks. I pay the extra for a covered space but I’m starting to realize I literally don’t use my car anymore – if I could only get out of my car lease!

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