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Monday, September 10, 2012

Hidden Plainfield: Plainfield On The Move ID'ed

The project, as it finally panned out many years later,
complete with skateboarders' paradise plaza.
Yesterday's Hidden Plainfield was indeed the office building and parking promised for the vacant Park-Madison site.

Over the years there were many proposals for development of the bulldozed business district that had once been at the heart of Plainfield's commercial downtown.

The Courier News ad must have run in 1980, as that is the year that Angela Perun was both a Council member (Ward 3) and Council President. The late Rick Taylor, who would later serve as Mayor, was Council President in 1979.

An amusing, if not ironic, sidelight of the long struggle to develop the Park-Madison parcel is that the plaza in front of the Union County Office Building has become a skateboard slacker's heaven. Who would have guessed?

Plainfield 'on the move' indeed.

Where shall we go next week?

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

Who'da thunk I could get nostalgic for a Republican mayor?

Maria Pellum, Plainfield Resident said...

Hi Dan,

I am not sure what the meaning of "skateboard slacker's heaven" is, lost this one in translation! But plazas such as the one Park-Madison have are very popular with skaters, board and blades alike (roller for the older generations) I should know since many of my younger after school hours were spent, back in Mexico, in a similar plaza doing just that, learning how to skateboard and hanging out with friends with whom dreams were never too big or too small. It is fascinating to watch all the young kids, girls especially, take such a healthy activity despite the challenges the city has since there are no safe designated areas for these young ones. We, the adults of this city, should take their use of the Park-Madison Plaza as a hint of what our youth needs. Maria Pellum