I recently moved out of Paterson, and I'm so glad that I did! Although I was born and raised there, Paterson is nothing like it was years ago....that includes the few "nicer" areas of the town (Hillcrest/Totowa sections). I saved for many years to buy my first home; something I had dreamed about for a long time. I had to get out of there due to the noise, littering, and crime. (The home I lived in was burglarized twice.)
No wonder so many homes are for sale there now. Who would want to live there, besides lower-income families that buy a 1 family home, and then take in EVERY friend and family member they know, in order to pay their mortgage? (Most 2 family homes that were on my street, housed at least 3-4 families.)
I'm so glad I don't have to hear salsa music at 8am and 2 am anymore!...and horns beeping at all hours!
Apparently, certain cultures don't understand the concept of having consideration for your neighbors and ringing a doorbell when picking up a friend, rather than repeatedly honking a horn at 2 am.)
I now live in a tranquil, beautiful, safe and quiet area (in Somerset County). Although I will always have a place in my heart for the history of Silk City, I certainly do not miss the "downtown" element that has worked it's way up the hill (near the Falls), into Hillcrest. Pretty soon everyone will want out of Totowa and West Paterson too. What a shame.