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Wharton NJ

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Wow, I found the intersection of Central and Main streets in Wharton, New Jersey which was shown in the Cyndi Lauper video Time After Time.

The buildings are still there, but “Corner Super Market” is now called “Viera’s Grocery” and “Betty’s Department Store” is now an insurance agency. Somehow it doesn’t look as quaint in “real life” as it does in the music video.

Today, Wharton New Jersey is 40% Hispanic. It was probably less than 10% Hispanic in 1984.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 4, 2015 at 12:06 am

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  1. The corner is at 3:22 in the video… Looks better now. GDP per capita in 1983 was $15,500, now it’s over $50k. We are much wealthier in general than we were back then, and I think it helps explain why videos from the 70s and 80s often seem so gritty.

    December 4, 2015 at 12:28 am

  2. “Today, Wharton New Jersey is 40% Hispanic. It was probably less than 10% Hispanic in 1984.”

    Maybe K-selected whites are not well adapted to modern life?
    Just a theory.

    There is no place on earth where whites are increasing as a % of the population, so there is clearly a systemic problem.


    December 4, 2015 at 12:56 am

    • Besides Washington, D.C.


      December 4, 2015 at 9:16 am

  3. Today, Wharton New Jersey is 40% Hispanic. It was probably less than 10% Hispanic in 1984.

    Is it prole? Is it a nice place to live? Or have hispanics taken over what was once a dump?


    December 4, 2015 at 2:20 am

  4. OT: Donald Trump puts the Jews in their places–

    Trump tells the Jews, “this goy don’t need yo money!”


    December 4, 2015 at 4:00 am

    • I guess this is relevant.

      The Trump did go to the Wharton School of Business after all…

      Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

      December 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      • In fact, the town is named after the same Joseph Wharton who founded the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm

  5. I looked Wharton up quickly on citydata, went to their stats on the most common origin of foreign born residents, and the Hispanics are mostly South American (Colombians, mainly, Peruvians close second).
    I know a lot of readers will probably roll their eyes at this, but this demographic creates a quite different environment than living in Puerto Rican or Dominican neighborhoods (take a look at Wharton’s crime rate, for example).


    December 4, 2015 at 8:19 am

    • I agree with you 100% there. It’s probably not a horrible place to live, especially compared to Dominican neighborhoods.

      And wow, looking at the crime rate data, Wharton only has a slightly higher crime rate than Princeton, and massively lower than NAM-infested places like Atlantic City. Less than half the crime of Hoboken, the most hipster city in NJ.

      However, the lowest crime rates are found in the nearly-all-white Republican-voting towns in the rural NW part of NJ.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 4, 2015 at 8:33 am

    • The Colombians who come to America are often of white, European extraction. They look like these people:


      December 4, 2015 at 9:55 am

    • Many of us here, have agreed time after time, that mestizo hispanics are more affable than their carribean counterparts, who are found in NYC and Florida in large numbers, areas that are full of rowdy a-holes.


      December 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm

  6. Trump at 36% in a real poll for the first time. Strangely, this matches what the fake internet polls have been saying all along..

    Hard to believe his support has gone up so much so suddenly, any chance that the real polls are changing their sampling methods the closer the election gets and that is more favorable to Trump?

    We need Trump at 40% by the time Iowa rolls around.

    Otis the Sweaty

    December 4, 2015 at 8:49 am

    • “Hard to believe his support has gone up so much so suddenly”

      Events, dear boy, events.


      December 4, 2015 at 9:55 am

      • He got his core message out there early enough that reality is operating as his biggest promoter. I’m sure the FEC is upset they can’t require reality to submit in-kind contribution forms. It also shows what a fantasy ‘news’ is.


        December 4, 2015 at 11:16 am

  7. With a housing stock consisting mainly of single family houses rather than apartments Wharton has some degree of protection against becoming a suburban ghetto. It’s not a guarantee, but it should help.



    December 4, 2015 at 11:39 am

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