Design, Exclusion and Progress in Camden City

When I first came to Camden, I was skeptical of this particular rumor: that after downtown concerts or the 4th of July, police officers block suburbanites from side roads to keep them from driving through rougher neighborhoods in Camden. But I’ve witnessed it. To a resident, it’s a funny thing — Cooper Street backs up … Read more Design, Exclusion and Progress in Camden City

New to the Neighborhood and To Hell with Good Intentions

There’s a conversation I have all the time with the community of folks engaged in the city; we discuss the challenges of working/living here, the potential harm we can do here, and how to avoid harm that happens despite our “good intentions.” It’s one of the reasons I work with Keith Benson to do professional development … Read more New to the Neighborhood and To Hell with Good Intentions

On Progressives Fighting Progressives (and the call for “unity” in Collingswood and Cherry Hill)

And here we are. A week after primaries, and there’s jostling between South Jersey progressives about what progressive moral responsibilities are in terms of party, ideology, and values. I’ve been writing about this balance — between pushing the Democratic party towards better, progressive policies and the wider context of weakening the party’s opposition to Trump — … Read more On Progressives Fighting Progressives (and the call for “unity” in Collingswood and Cherry Hill)

Camden Election Post-Mortem

It’s been a week since the New Jersey primaries, and there’s a lot to digest. There’s the expected results for Governor, the Cherry Hill primary challenge, and, of course, the Camden mayoral and City Council races. I’ll be addressing all of these over the next week or so. Let’s dive in and start with the Camden … Read more Camden Election Post-Mortem

A Policy Chat with Mayoral Candidate Theo Spencer

Our third policy chat is with mayoral candidate Theo Spencer. We’re still trying to organizer more of these, so tell us what you think! We’ll be adding videos of more candidates as they come in!  Share it!