Letter to The Editor: No Bump-outs, Please!

Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

letter to the editorMy wife and I had a terrible jolt as we were driving at a lower-than-legal speed in a nearby town on a recent dark and rainy night. We suddenly bolted as high as our seatbelts would allow as the car went over an invisible protruding curb.


The tire was destroyed and that wasn’t the end. Replacing the destroyed wheel will cost over $200. Labor is expensive, of course.

It has taken hours of my time.

We do NOT want any bump-outs on Grove Street and Elm Street, and preferably not elsewhere in Montclair. They are too dangerous even if we have a light next to each one — which is expensive too. Rain and dense fog happen. Do we want to subject Montclair residents and visitors to needless hazards?

— Fred Chichester


  1. POSTED BY frankgg  |  November 22, 2016 @ 2:55 pm

    The bump outs are a mistake but what is even the BIGGER mistake is the re development planners’ misinterpretation of the basis of Montclair’s original planning. It was not intended to be a monocentric urban condition with one town center as a transportation node as they have misunderstood it to be, while trying to superimpose a “cookie cutter” re development methodology that would funnel commuters to a central train hub with public transportation. Montclair was planned with six train stops within the green suburban walkable neighborhoods. All the trolleys lines have disappeared in the last 50 years due to traffic and crime problems and there is no more room for them unless they are thinking of widening the all too congested streets. The bump outs and traffic calming devises are not understood by the planners. They are a total mistake for Montclair and cause more traffic and make traffic more dangerous for pedestrians.

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