All I can say is "WOW!" It sure isn't the Trenton I knew. A few weeks ago I was on my way to Mass at Sacred Heart Church on South Broad Street. The police had my normal Hamilton Avenue route closed off due to a large amount of traffic going into the Sovereign Bank Arena, resulting a detour. I took a right at the railroad tracks and exited to Perry Street where I headed back on Perry Street to North Warren. As I tooled down North Warren Street heading to the new intersection with South Broad Street, I tried to focus on what was as opposed to what is. Passing the ever familiar St. Michael's P.E. church brought me into a completely changed landscape. No theaters, no shops, mostly tall, glass-encrusted office buildings! As I crossed over to South Broad Street in the Mill Hill area, I was rudely aware that the Trenton I remember has morphed into a city dominated by N.J. and other high rise office buildings. Yeah, I miss the Trenton of my young years.
Thanks for the comment, Anonymous. In order to find what the Trenton of yesteryear was like back in the day, you don't have to go any further than THIS website! Page through the 7,300 plus pages! You will see photos of downtown Trenton when it was a viable and vibrant city and a time when law and order was in style. You will see photos of high school Saturday night dances that didn't require a police officer to keep the peace. You will find an era when Coke was Coca Cola and drugs were in a pharmacy, a bitch was a female dog, and music was music, and not a screaming cacophony. Today, the dregs who are committing all or most of the crimes are granted plea bargains and many are turned loose back on society. Just check the news and note how many articles tell of the capture of a criminal with a long "rap sheet."