What do our coalitions mean? What Trump can teach us about South Jersey.

I’ve been working on a short post about Metro Police Chief’s visit to Washington this week, but I’m struggling to track down some statistics and it feels odd writing about that when everyone is talking about the Trump inauguration. And confirmation hearings. And tweets. And really anything Trump-related.  Now, my newsfeed is overwhelmed with Trump … Read more What do our coalitions mean? What Trump can teach us about South Jersey.

Camden Development: Glass Half Full Edition

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Back in Camden, and the “development” discussion is still hot on the presses. This is my “glass-half-full” take, that reexamines the strategy guiding the city’s redevelopment and looks on the bright side. If you read Howard Gillette’s Camden After the Fall (and anyone interested enough in … Read more Camden Development: Glass Half Full Edition

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”