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Monday, July 16, 2012

Hidden Plainfield IDed: Modesty, with a view

An undiscovered neighborhood faces into the Park.
As yesterday's sole commenter wrote, the Hidden Plainfield home is at 1223 Rose Street, across from Cedar Brook Park's Shakespeare Garden.

The homes on both Rose Street and Arlington Avenue that face the park are a neighborhood waiting to be discovered. Mostly modest in size, with smaller lots, they are -- even by Plainfield standards -- highly affordable.

And having the park just across the street, mowed and tended to by the County, is like being next to a country club. It always surprised me when I was busy in real estate that so few folks looked into these homes when considering Plainfield.

Where shall we go next week?

Modesty, with a view.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

Neighborhood was prime example of how open drug dealing and liquor stores destroy quiet enjoyment. In the 1990's there was open drug dealing on Rose St. and Arlington Ave and a liquor store on Randelph.

Here you had a beautiful parkside location, but the dealers made it dangerous and scary. One Superbowl Sunday, I saw a teenager frothy at the mouth while selling drugs; at nightfall his supplier wouldn't let him stop to go watch the game. Another dealer set up a chair to sit on by the curb while he hid his drugs in the bushes. One gang took over an apartment and would run the drugs from the apartment window to the buyers' cars.

Once I called the police, but the drug gangs must monitor police radio. Before the police arrived, a car drove up and the dealers got in and were driven away. After the police left, the dealers returned with about a half dozen friends and sat across the street pointing at my house. I heard one say, "Let's pop him," but thankfully I don't think the others thought it was a good idea and they left me alone.

I often wondered, "If I could see this, why couldn;t the police?" But slowly, with some help from Plainfield patrolmen, alot of help from the Union County Park police, a redevelopment project that closed the liquor store, and new management at the apartment complex, the drug dealing on Rose Street declined. If the bad elements who stayed in some multi-family houses on Arlington Avenue have moved, then this hidden gem of a neighborhood could be polished up and shine.

Anonymous said...

Such a shame to hear this. I lived in the house next to the apartments from 1960 to 1967. A very different time.