RoyRoofRadburn-cul-de-sacOnce upon a time (actually just seven years ago) I lived in an amazing community called Radburn in New Jersey .

It was the first planned community in the U.S., in the 1920’s. and was dubbed “the town for the motor age”. Every street is a cul-de-sac and comes off of one of two large parks.  It actually feels like someone picked up a chunk of England, carried it over the pond and deposited it in Jersey. Our individual lots were postage stamp-size but we had the community commons to enjoy, including swimming pools, tennis courts and an association that provided daily activities for the kids and an annual Family Day.

It was a terrific place to bring up kids in the ’80s and ’90s — almost like the easy-living days of the ’50s and ’60s were for the boomers.

I was amazed to find that the very first picture in the Wikipedia entry on Radburn is of the street I used to live on! We were the third house on the left. (The other photo above is of my husband, Roy, diligently scrubbing the skylight in my office.) My life there was a 28 year long moment in time…

 

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