Having followed just about all the steps leading up to occupancy of The Monarch, I recently decided to reach out to those whose names appeared as new owners in the city tax book.
I sent out 12 letters with a few questions and so far have two responses. (If I wanted to use a little statistical trickery, I could quote a 17 percent response, far above the 2 percent that is considered a good direct mail return. But that wasn't my goal.)
I was curious about these urban pioneers' experience. What is it like to be an owner in the city's first new condo in many years?
Of the two households responding, one was from a gentleman who is new to Plainfield. He reported "mixed" impressions of his new neighborhood, but in answer to an open-ended query about the city, he responded, "Because of its location and history, Plainfield has a potential to be a good place to live."