Geographic Boundaries: Six blocks including the 800/900 block of Carteret Avenue, Gouveneur Avenue, and Edgewood Avenue.
TCCA Delegates: Primary: Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cadwalader Place Civic Association’s President, Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer revived the organization in 2000 after returning to her hometown of Trenton and finding that the neighborhood had suffered from the introduction of renters and the migration of homeowners to newer, higher economic status towns. The Association was dormant from 1984-2000. In 1996, Lattimer returned to Trenton and immediately began working on fixing up the neighborhood her family loved. She spent countless hours working with City Hall to start fixing up abandon homes. The Cadwalader Place Civic Association received a grant for $2 million dollars from HUD with assistance in identifying the neighborhood to receive the grant, and City Works renovating the homes. Cogsville-Lattimer’s mother, spearheaded the Rent Control Board in the City of Trenton under the Holland Administration, which has been very beneficial to the renters because it controls the price a landlord can charge. To date, Cogsville-Lattimer hand-delivered flyers for every meeting in an effort to get residents involved and create a sense of community. Little by little, people began to show up to the meetings. Her efforts have influenced other areas of Trenton to inherit some of their policies. For instance, East Trenton has even begun to do Mrs. Cogsville’s “walk-throughs” with the City of Trenton Inspection’s department.
As shown in the images in our gallery, the homes in the area have changed drastically. The horse and buggy image depicts a typical home which featured a front porch. As the Cadwalader community began to transition into a more of an urban setting, the porches became enclosed. Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer’s house front porch has changed over to an enclosed porch (picture gallery depicts in the 1980’s).
A Gallery of Cadwalader Place Throughout the Years
The Future of our Association
The purpose of the Cadwalader Place Civic Association is to improve housing and neighborhood. With better living conditions and clean, well-maintained homes, the more the neighborhood will be cared for. Keeping houses physical appearances and internal systems in good check makes the neighborhood more appealing and makes people care more about people’s property. The association has members who walk door to door and inspect houses for any issues like damaged porches, untreated lawns, and other unappealing qualities. The association does their best to give residents prior warning to the inspections so that they have time to fix up their property. According to Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer, Vice President of TCCA, this tactic works. Since they started giving prior warning about the inspections, residents have been putting in more effort to take care of their properties and the association has not had to report as many houses to the association. Taking proper care of property could not only lead to less crime but increased resident pride in their neighborhood, and an increased effort from surrounding neighborhood residents to clean up, as well. “The only way to truly see a neighborhood is to walk through it, embrace the hard work and love of what the past homeowners have laid for us,” says Cogsville-Lattimer. “Each neighborhood has history and wealth (in its own right) that has to continue in the beatification of what has been established.”
Cogsville-Lattimer has also donated her own time and money towards creating a community garden on Carteret Ave. It’s called the For You Garden. For You Garden is for neighbors and others to enjoy. It is a place where you can walk, relax or plant. She built the garden in a lot where a house burned down and weeds had taken over. The converted garden is also for social gatherings, civic meetings (weather permitted), and just to sit and relax.
Cogsville-Lattimer got her civic determination from her parents, Donald and Carol Cogsville as they were socially driven about the community.