Since: Jan 11

Willingboro, NJ

#805 Oct 9, 2013
I was never so glad to leave a place as I was when my family left Willingboro in 1974 when I was 15. By that time the demographics where shifting wildly and things were going sideways fast. Just my opinion, but the "white flight" was the death of a once vibrant, honest community.
Jerseyboy For Life

Elkhart, IN

#806 Oct 11, 2013
I got out long before the "Black plague" hit that nice town.But my Dad was still there, and he sold out and got out,while he could still get a good price for his house...He said it was terrible!!...Friends told me later remember Willingboro,well now it's Dodge City, folks shooting each other over a lawn mower etc.Stores are moving out,JFK High School is a disaster,the thugs run the school,the administration is scared to death of them.He said Whites are leaving in groves.I said," just like anyother town is America where they live,it's not even safe for them either in their own neiborhoods.....History does repeat itself,the ole wild west days have returned again.....Do they have a "Boot Hill" for the innocent there? Has anyone seen Deputy Dog?

Since: Jan 08

Willingboro, NJ

#807 Oct 11, 2013
Hmmm the thugs are running JFK? Hmmm well last I checked there hasn't been a JFK in decades but it is a senior center that my parents go to so I'll ask them about thugs running the place.

Seems I can't find anything about someone in Willingboro getting shot over a lawn mower but I did find this.

http://www.wsaz.com/home/headlines/Wheelersbu...

http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/news/story....

http://blogcritics.org/oh-deere-man-charged-o...

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2006/may/2...
Tex

Sandpoint, ID

#808 Oct 13, 2013
White flight has no where to run except to those areas around the country that can best be described as "white reservations." White reservations by far are much harder to live in than areas of diverse culture. Now instead of being bigoted towards race, they become bigoted towards white ethnicity. And the sad part is they still believe because they are white they must be right.
The Man

Merchantville, NJ

#809 Oct 13, 2013
Does the racist black separatist Nation Of Islam still meet there?
Showing once again like throwing the kids lunches out who can't afford to pay.
You people have no shame!

Since: Jan 08

Willingboro, NJ

#810 Oct 13, 2013
The Man wrote:
Does the racist black separatist Nation Of Islam still meet there?
Showing once again like throwing the kids lunches out who can't afford to pay.
You people have no shame!
It's funny you still write about that meeting, only one I know of. I'm sure having a group hold a meeting in a public space in Willingboro pales in comparison to your beloved merchantville having its very own chapter of the kkk.

http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/69234618#ful...

Since: Jan 11

Willingboro, NJ

#811 Oct 14, 2013
My brother graduated from JFK in 1966....It was a great school then. It prepared him well for his college career.
D Tee

Port Richey, FL

#812 Oct 28, 2013
mikebell1965 wrote:
I truly cannot say what happened because i would be politically incorrect, but yeah, your right, I grew up there from 1965 to 1985, and it was getting bad then, but now, its even worse, I still drive thru the town when back visiting remembering all the good times i had growing up there, Where did that town go to?<quoted text>
I really miss the old Willingboro where you could sleep with your door unlocked and everyone knew each other and was like family. The school system was great and the teachers really cared in the 70's. we are a rare breed and was blessed to live it. I can't believe the crime and all. So sad but the new people that started moving in around thelate 1980's early 1990's really have changed the place for the worse!!!
D.Tee.
D Tee

Port Richey, FL

#813 Oct 29, 2013
Amanda Levie wrote:
yes the town is black. find out how many of them work nine to five. go ahead. also find out who doesn't and see what color those people are.
honestly, i am sick sick sick of the denial. Willingboro isn't racist? The older white people aren't angered with the black community?? There used to be riots about racial tension in willingboro. and thats not some wikipedia crap that a kid like me picked up. My step father has lived here his whole life. my step father is a black man. they weren't happy to see him walk to school either in his day.
i find it funny that this whole conversation sprung from racist comment and people are still defending the town to the ground. no its not racist. the point of my anger originated from some lady now living in arizona that couldn't get over it and still believes the fact that all that had to happen for the town to collaps was turn "black".
we can do the real estate mumbo jumbo but honestly everything that the town was built on was race issue. i interviewed residents of willingboro who moved here when it was up and coming. they explained that when they spoke to a real estate agent, that he picked out willingboro right away. whats more he specified parks right away. he recommended that they live in pennypacker, the blackest park at the time. probably the only black park at the time. They looked into fairmount, millbrook but they were being pushed in the direction of pennypacker so hard that they finally settled there. we all know that there's only about 5 styles of houses across willingboro, but why pennypacker? It was even marketed as the black park to this couple. where they'd be "comfortable" as if any place in willingboro was comfortable with pennypacker becoming mostly black. come ON....
Yep,we lived in Pennpacker Park because those are the houses they showed my parents and strongly suggested. Hmmmmmm!
Justin

Burlington, NJ

#814 Dec 26, 2013
Willingboro was ruined by Realtors. To this day the implications from that are profound. A major lawsuit was brought against W'boro and the Realtors by a Black family because they were denied a home loan there. They won it. (They were denied, in actuality, because the bank knew they couldn't afford it.. however, they claimed racism.. They were foreclosed on a year later) That suit brought about the approval of many, many black (and some white) families that couldn't afford to live in Wboro once they were there. It still exists today. Once the TAX bill of $5,000 to $9,000 per year comes, they foreclose. That is why Wboro has hundreds of foreclosed, empty homes for sale.. competing with all the other homes. The older parks look like hell because homeowners to not put money into their homes, or they are rented and trashed. The newer parks on the edge of town are still nice.. Garfield, Garfield East, Twin Hills, Country Club and Garfield North.. all by Westampton, NOT Rt 130. I have been on Country Club Drive since 1968 and my taxes are $9,330 per year... while others live free for 3 yrs in their comes til they are thrown out. It is a shame what happened to Wboro, which really was a 'wonder years' town in its day. I am surrounded by original owners but I def plan to get out soon.. The issue is having to 'give my home away' in order for it to sell here.. most likely to someone who again, can't afford it.
Delroy

Riverton, NJ

#815 Dec 27, 2013
Justin wrote:
Willingboro was ruined by Realtors. To this day the implications from that are profound. A major lawsuit was brought against W'boro and the Realtors by a Black family because they were denied a home loan there. They won it.(They were denied, in actuality, because the bank knew they couldn't afford it.. however, they claimed racism.. They were foreclosed on a year later) That suit brought about the approval of many, many black (and some white) families that couldn't afford to live in Wboro once they were there. It still exists today. Once the TAX bill of $5,000 to $9,000 per year comes, they foreclose. That is why Wboro has hundreds of foreclosed, empty homes for sale.. competing with all the other homes. The older parks look like hell because homeowners to not put money into their homes, or they are rented and trashed. The newer parks on the edge of town are still nice.. Garfield, Garfield East, Twin Hills, Country Club and Garfield North.. all by Westampton, NOT Rt 130. I have been on Country Club Drive since 1968 and my taxes are $9,330 per year... while others live free for 3 yrs in their comes til they are thrown out. It is a shame what happened to Wboro, which really was a 'wonder years' town in its day. I am surrounded by original owners but I def plan to get out soon.. The issue is having to 'give my home away' in order for it to sell here.. most likely to someone who again, can't afford it.
Why would you care if they can afford it or not? Once they get the mortgage you get your money..........The problem you're going to have is trying to sell a home in willingboro with a $9.330 property tax..........You're either giving it away or your stuck!
bill

Philadelphia, PA

#816 Dec 27, 2013
Willingboro started getting bad in the early 80's. And by seeing all the crimes committed on this forum by Willingboro residents it has gone from bad to worse.
Murder,gangs,home invasion robberies etc. A once nice town is becoming like Trenton or Camden. And we all know why don't we?

Since: Jan 08

Willingboro, NJ

#817 Dec 28, 2013
Justin wrote:
Willingboro was ruined by Realtors. To this day the implications from that are profound. A major lawsuit was brought against W'boro and the Realtors by a Black family because they were denied a home loan there. They won it.(They were denied, in actuality, because the bank knew they couldn't afford it.. however, they claimed racism.. They were foreclosed on a year later) That suit brought about the approval of many, many black (and some white) families that couldn't afford to live in Wboro once they were there. It still exists today. Once the TAX bill of $5,000 to $9,000 per year comes, they foreclose. That is why Wboro has hundreds of foreclosed, empty homes for sale.. competing with all the other homes. The older parks look like hell because homeowners to not put money into their homes, or they are rented and trashed. The newer parks on the edge of town are still nice.. Garfield, Garfield East, Twin Hills, Country Club and Garfield North.. all by Westampton, NOT Rt 130. I have been on Country Club Drive since 1968 and my taxes are $9,330 per year... while others live free for 3 yrs in their comes til they are thrown out. It is a shame what happened to Wboro, which really was a 'wonder years' town in its day. I am surrounded by original owners but I def plan to get out soon.. The issue is having to 'give my home away' in order for it to sell here.. most likely to someone who again, can't afford it.
Not true. They were denied because Willingboro was a whites only community. So who was foreclosed on, the first black family to move to Willingboro or James who won the lawsuit as they are not the same? I guess you didn't notice the housing market crashed. Foreclosures are not unique to Willingboro as you try to make it out to be.
Bubba Watson

Blackwood, NJ

#818 Dec 29, 2013
It doesn't matter what happened to Willingboro. The fact is that it is nothing short of the ghetto. They should just bulldoze from end to end, and get rid of all the crack dealers, rapists, murderers, prostitutes, gang-bangers, hoodlums, counterfeit document manufacturers, manslayers, assassins, blackmailers,armed robbers, convicted felons, absconders, accomplices, thugs, gangsters, evildoers, outlaws, conmen, traitors, bribers, swindlers and then start over again with new home owners that have had FBI background checks and are members of a God fearing local church. That plan right there is the only hope for that impoverished and crime ridden town.
Delroy

Riverton, NJ

#819 Dec 29, 2013
Bubba Watson wrote:
It doesn't matter what happened to Willingboro. The fact is that it is nothing short of the ghetto. They should just bulldoze from end to end, and get rid of all the crack dealers, rapists, murderers, prostitutes, gang-bangers, hoodlums, counterfeit document manufacturers, manslayers, assassins, blackmailers,armed robbers, convicted felons, absconders, accomplices, thugs, gangsters, evildoers, outlaws, conmen, traitors, bribers, swindlers and then start over again with new home owners that have had FBI background checks and are members of a God fearing local church. That plan right there is the only hope for that impoverished and crime ridden town.
Troll Much??????????
JGL

Gainesville, FL

#820 Jan 3, 2014
I grew up in willingboro in 80`s as a kid, and liked it was a nice community but by the early 90`s there was a lot of inner city kids that started moving in due to the fact that they always had stuff to do, they was losing there minds. Being a military brat, my dad moved us to Maryland in `94, and we kept our home in Willingboro by the time i move back to help my sick grandma in `99 i was like what the heck. I went to willlingboro high and graduated in 2001 Lord knows i wanted to get a way from that place. it is amazing everyone that was there when i grew up is gone they have moved, church members,family members etc only person still around is my grandmother, she stays because she wants too. I mean i would take willingboro over any ghetto in the city due to you get a good amount of land for the $$, during the spring time you still see flowers and see the way willingboro once was. When my grandma goes there is no more going back to willingboro except for Gaetones CheeseSteaks(smile) but it is not just willingboro that has gone down hill but even as a child Cherry Hill was the it town, i knew when i started seeing Dollar stores and other types of places that you would have never seen in Cherry hill,Mt Holly, Mount Laurel etc back in the day NJ has changed as a whole. The funny part is although Philly is bad i am starting to see places that once were slum now are expensive condos etc ppl are now slowly starting to move back
Pedjo

New York, NY

#821 Jan 17, 2014
I would like to move my family to Willingboro or Burlington. We are coming from Brooklyn NY. I'm i jumping out of the (Frying Pan) and into the fire? Please give your honest opinion. How are the schools?
A Loyal resident

Riverton, NJ

#822 Jan 17, 2014
Pedjo wrote:
I would like to move my family to Willingboro or Burlington. We are coming from Brooklyn NY. I'm i jumping out of the (Frying Pan) and into the fire? Please give your honest opinion. How are the schools?
If your coming from Brooklyn with that I'm from Brooklyn attitude, please stay in Brooklyn because it was people like yourself coming from the inner city that ruins everything
Jerseyboy For Life

Elkhart, IN

#823 Feb 11, 2014
What happen a swarm came,they blockbusted neighborhoods,the good people fled before their property values tanked.Then the swarm destroyed a once nice town to live in.....It's played all across America,they come, they conquer ,and death and distruction is the norm........Then they wonder why business leave,and no one wants to invest in their neighborhoods.Simple,it will either get destroyed or stolen......They created their OWN HELL!!.....
HGuz

Bordentown, NJ

#824 Feb 21, 2014
Is Country Club Drive part of Willingboro or part of Westampton? Why is everyone leaving such grand homes? Besides foreclosure is there any other reason why there are so many homes for sale on just this section of town? Only reasonable, honest answers please...thinking of relocating from Bordentown to the above area but don't know much about why people seem to be getting out.. Thanks.

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