Camden is Sharply Divided Over Proposed School Closure

Last night’s Camden school board meeting was ugly. It was painful to watch. And it was particularly painful because it featured Camden parent against Camden parent and a Cramer Hill community sharply divided against itself. The battle lines were clear: these parents and community members were divided based on which schools they attended. This is … Read more Camden is Sharply Divided Over Proposed School Closure

The State of Camden City 2017

Last night, Rutgers-Camden hosted the State of the City.  This was progress. Over the past few years I’ve joined in the tradition of criticizing the State of the City for being held at a private event (The Coopers Ferry Annual Meeting) at a price point that prohibited residents from attending ($125). Coopers Ferry insisted that … Read more The State of Camden City 2017

Coopers Ferry’s Annual Meeting: How Should We Talk about Camden?

So tonight (Thursday) is Camden City Mayor Dana Redd’s State of the City Address. The event is at Rutgers, in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Campus Center (326 Penn Street) and starts at 5:30pm. You can register here. All my students are registered — we’re going together, and it’s brought up an interesting question for me. … Read more Coopers Ferry’s Annual Meeting: How Should We Talk about Camden?

How Urban Universities Get a Bad Name

Even as there are legitimate signs that private investment is being attracted to downtown Camden (see Kevin Shelly’s piece on 121 Market Street — which has potential buyers without subsidies) there are signs that this development will be fractured and existing residents will turn out losers. In particular, the use of eminent domain with property … Read more How Urban Universities Get a Bad Name

Should Camden High students go to Forest Hill?

I’m not getting to as many protests and community meetings as in year’s past, but when a concerned Forest Hill parent reached out to me about Wednesday’s meeting re: potentially moving Camden High students to Forest Hill, I decided to stop by and catch up on where the Camden High saga has taken us. I’m going … Read more Should Camden High students go to Forest Hill?