Buried in this Times story was something I found really funny.

The article was about a Bronx neighborhood known as Parkchester.

Built by MetLife from 1939 to 1942 on the site of a Catholic home for orphans and troubled boys, Parkchester provided rentals for thousands of middle-class people, including World War II veterans. As in other Met Life developments, racial discrimination restricted access; the complex was almost entirely white in its early years. It skidded into decline starting in the 1960’s, a trend that persisted until 1998.

The neighborhood has undergone a resurgence over the past decade. Many of the units have been sold off to owners (as co-ops or condos, not sure), and the buildings completely renovated (prices are still relatively dirt-cheap).

Here’s the paragraph I found funny:

Three parking garages offer more than 1,800 spaces — which, when available, rent for about $125 a month. But parking “is the biggest problem and biggest complaint,� said Margaret Walsh, the president of Parkchester South Condominium, who lives in a three-bedroom she moved into with her family in 1943 when she was 15. At that time, she noted, few residents had vehicles. Now many do, Ms. Walsh said, adding, “There just isn’t room in the garages or on the city streets.�

Wait, what?

Margaret Walsh, the president of Parkchester South Condominium, who lives in a three-bedroom she moved into with her family in 1943 when she was 15.

!!!?

Source: 129 Acres, Renewed Yet Affordable – By Jennifer Bleyer

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