What’s worse? Having a big boarding house down the street full of “recovering addicts, veterans and indigents” or 11 brand new three-bedroom townhouses? Residents of the Colonial Village neighborhood in Bloomfield, who’ve hated the boarding house for years, are now faced with a prospect that seems even more unpalatable. A Montclair-style townhouse invasion.
Residents gearing up for a development battle managed to get Jonathan Miller out to cover their meeting last week for the Jersey Section of the New York Times. The story’s not online, but if you dig yesterday’s Times out of your recycling (or go to the library) you’ll find this little chestnut near the end of Miller’s story.
On a visit last Sunday to the home, which houses 34 residents, a photographer was greeted by a belligerent, expletive-spewing woman who stood on the front porch, pulled her pants down in the 20-degree weather and presented her naked rear end. “You want a photoraph?” she said. “Then photograph this.”
In a paragraph about the supposed renaissance of Bloomfield, Miller jumps the gun a little on some of his facts.
An amibtious redevelopment project is going forward in the heart of town. [Oh yeah?] The old junior high school has been transformed into condominiums. [Already?] The high school is expanding. [A very popular project.]