The New York City Rule (and what it means for Camden)

Another important article just came out about tax credits in Camden — this one by Catherine Dunn highlighting how few Camden residents received construction jobs as part of the program in Camden. It’s well worth a read (and, for those that don’t click through, the number is 27. Only 27 Camden residents were hired for … Continue reading The New York City Rule (and what it means for Camden)

What does a progressive win in Camden look like?

Here we are.  End of the summer? Start of the school year? Sure. But for those of you obsessively following the conflict over tax subsidies here in Camden, you know what I’m talking about. The moment when the Murphy administration has to decide whether to sign or veto the extension of temporary tax credits because … Continue reading What does a progressive win in Camden look like?

I’m the New Graduate Director for Public Affairs/Community Development

So, some news. I’ve been named the Graduate Director of Rutgers-Camden’s MS/PhD in Public Affairs/Community Development. I have a lot of thoughts about that, and I’m sure I’ll be sharing them in this space. But I wanted to start with a story:  Almost immediately upon taking the position, a student came into my office. He … Continue reading I’m the New Graduate Director for Public Affairs/Community Development

The Quiet Primary got Loud

I was voter number 17 at my polling place yesterday. A friend joked that turnout was so low that I might have been the last voter!  But the quiet primary turned loud when the Collingswood progressive slate for Democratic Committee scored a large upset. At the same time, progressives in Camden City and Cherry Hill … Continue reading The Quiet Primary got Loud

Vote. Then Let’s Chat about Columns.

It’s primary day, so go vote! Then I’d love to hear your thoughts on this primary. Here are three quick-hitting thoughts of mine:   The Process Primary: What’s been the biggest issue in the primaries this season? I mean, besides the elephant in the room. It’s been process. Go to progressive facebook pages or candidate pages here … Continue reading Vote. Then Let’s Chat about Columns.

Worried about ATVs

First, a reminder: tomorrow is primary day! Go vote!  Now, let’s talk about the ATVs. You know, the 4-wheelers making noise and doing tricks on the road now that the weather has turned nice in Camden. This week, local officials at the city and state levels rolled out new legislation and enforcement:  CAMDEN, NJ — … Continue reading Worried about ATVs