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Reader says , “So, you raised your children here, got the benefit of an excellent education, a town without metal detectors or gang violence”

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” So, you raised your children here, got the benefit of an excellent education, a town without metal detectors or gang violence. I assume they got into good colleges. You are living in a house worth probably assessed over $1.6 million. Your taxes are about 60% of what you would pay in most of Essex County. If you work in New York City, there are few towns that provide a better lifestyle with a shorter commute than Ridgewood. We have a great downtown (true, maybe not as good as it used to be, but neither is anywhere else, and I agree that the high parking fees are ridiculous). As for the leaders, they have been elected for issue-specific reasons, but that is the responsibility of the voters (and especially the NON-voters). Ridgewood isn’t perfect by any means, but it isn’t nearly as bad as everyone is making it out to be. But if you disagree, lots of people are ready to buy your house, which would undoubtedly be priced higher than most surrounding towns, and marketed highlighting Ridgewood’s many amenities and qualities. I hope James’ potential purchasers don’t read his blog entry! “

8 thoughts on “Reader says , “So, you raised your children here, got the benefit of an excellent education, a town without metal detectors or gang violence”

  1. Totally agree with this comment. But it doesn’t mean we shouldnt be vigilant. If you sleep and take for granted the good things in life, they so easily pass by. Ridgewood is a great bargain in a lot of ways. That’s why the developers are targetting it. And that’s why our council needs to step up its game. And stop paving paradise to put up a parking lot, while they are at it.

  2. Glen Rock and Ho-Ho-Kus are better.

  3. There are a plethora of towns in the area that are better than RW…
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    less BS
    more rational (pragmatic; less political) leaders
    better schools
    better roads
    lower taxes
    same or less crime
    housing “investment” (not really an investment) is as net profitable as the turnover on a RW house
    can always come into RW to eat and use thier library and watch the July 4 parade.
    .
    RW used to be among the top destinations in the region.
    Now it is just an also ran, good enough, better than most, but nothing special place.

    …and it gets worse each passing year.
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    Sad, but that is the true reality.
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  4. A plethora??

  5. Good school? How many kids go to good colleges from Ridgewood?
    It’s ranked pretty low these days.

  6. “A plethora??”
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    Yes, a plethora… a large or excessive amount.
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    Any other questions?
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  7. ” So, you raised your children here, got the benefit of an excellent education, a town without metal detectors or gang violence.”
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    No metal detectors or gang violence?
    Have we lowered the bar of quality that low?

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  8. Not sure about the schools, to be honest. If I had to buy all over again, I’d buy in Glen Rock.

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