In 1970, Donald Wernik, then the newly elected mayor of Metuchen, floated the idea of developing a six-acre commuter parking lot near the train station. He reasoned that an influx of commercial property would relieve some of the citizenry’s tax burden.

But the people of Metuchen, a borough 25 miles southwest of Manhattan, with gracious single-family homes and a Bedford Falls-style Main Street, feared that new construction would bring too much density and destroy its small-town character.

The lot remained in place for the …read more

Source: New York Times

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