Overcrowded neighborhoods spark cultural friction

January 11, 2003
New Jersey has long been the most densely populated state in America, with sky-high property taxes and inevitable traffic on the Garden State Parkway serving as constant reminders.
     But for the past 10 years, crowding has taken on another form as more people pack into homes, particularly in cities and towns with high immigrant populations. In the state capital, residents even have a name for the rowhouses rented to groups of Hispanic men who work odd hours: Guatemalan motels.
     "If you feel crowded in New Jersey, you're not mistaken," said James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.