Taking a Break

It’s been a crazy few months here. I’ve gotten married, traveled, felt the pressure of upcoming tenure decisions and more.  I just wanted to thank all of you for stopping by. I’m off on my honeymoon, and won’t be posting on the blog until after the New Year.  But trust me, there is much to … Read more Taking a Break

New Buildings, New Skepticism, and Improving Design

Man. A guy goes on sabbatical, and news just keeps coming about new buildings in Camden: a new Mastery School, Camden High, Rutgers’ nursing building on broadway, downtown delays and more tax credits (!). In the midst of it all, Allan Mallach came out with a provocatively article which gets at the heart of the criticism … Read more New Buildings, New Skepticism, and Improving Design

Camden’s Woodrow Wilson HS Players Protest, Columnist Phil Anastasia calls them “Children”

“… the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”  This week, Preston Brown, the coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, chose to protest conditions in Camden schools, and oppression more widely, by kneeling during the national anthem. And many of his players followed suit.  The faux outrage has started, and … Read more Camden’s Woodrow Wilson HS Players Protest, Columnist Phil Anastasia calls them “Children”

Why is Gov. Christie lying about state control in Camden?

So normally, I’d cover an event like Gov. Christie’s town hall in Bordentown, especially when the most notable back and forth was about Camden. But this one was a little tricky because, well, it was Sue Altman (who also moonlights as my wife when she is not bickering with governors) who was in the middle … Read more Why is Gov. Christie lying about state control in Camden?

From Rio to Camden, what #LochteGate and XTU show us about white privilege across the globe by Alexis Wilson

I’m thrilled to host this guest post by recent Rutgers-Camden graduate Alexis Wilson. I first met Alexis through her #blacklivesmatter work on campus: “Eat, play, leave” is a twist on the book title by author Ekizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love). This interesting turn of phrase is a quirky way of highlighting the sometimes insidious side of … Read more From Rio to Camden, what #LochteGate and XTU show us about white privilege across the globe by Alexis Wilson

The Metro Police Needs Officers, the Community is Trying to Provide Them

I stopped by The Village of Camden meeting this past Monday. Most of the meeting was taken up by Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard’s “theory of change” presentation, about the logic behind the changes the school district has made in Camden. That certainly deserves its own post. But there was an announcement at the end of the … Read more The Metro Police Needs Officers, the Community is Trying to Provide Them