Going Up or Down?
In all fairness,this is not the first time this, or any other town, has traded favors with a developer. The residents of Bloomingdale in 1960 were furious when our development was being developed. Mom says that there were three developers. One believed in clear-cutting. The other believed in the landfill method of creating more land, land that eventually landed in the basements of the Knolls Road residences. The only exception was our house. When the town planner asked Mom why our house was affected, she said, “That’s because I saw what was happening and built a retaining wall.” Actually, it happened once, and she and my brother had to shovel out the basement. That was enough for Mom (boy, was she angry).
Bloomingdale was once home to pig farms. In this unfortunate piece of its history (after the iron works of the Colonial period), Bloomingdale came to be known as “Pig Town.” If Bloomingdale and its surrounding neighbors cannot hold out against regionalization, all of Northern New Jersey will become one, enormous Pig City.