Looking to Newark for Neighborhood Revitalization by Chad Socha

I’ve been super impressed by the level of discourse in our comments recently. I wanted to make sure to highlight this comment from Chad Socha, who responds to concerns that Camden’s development is focused downtown and suggests looking to Newark for best practices: The article you connected in terms of “politically-connected businesses” states the issue … Read more of Looking to Newark for Neighborhood Revitalization by Chad Socha

Small Business Grants in Camden: isn’t that good news?

In early September, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority announced a grant program for Camden small business. For those of us who have been actively pointing out the ways the 2013 Economic Opportunity Act — which opened the door for so many businesses to come to the city — actively ignored small businesses, we took … Read more of Small Business Grants in Camden: isn’t that good news?

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 of Design, Exclusion and Progress in Camden City

Good News on Jobs in Camden Metro Region, and Putting that News in Context

We got some good news about Camden County in late April — the county was the leading metropolitan region in the country for rate of job growth at 3.7%. I had a chance to talk to WHYY about that news. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the piece. But I also did some wider prep to put these … Read more of Good News on Jobs in Camden Metro Region, and Putting that News in Context

Render Unto Trenton by Jared Hunter

Thanks to Jared Hunter for his latest, a look at how the Economic Opportunity Act stacks up against the best practices of local tax policy. I am currently taking a public budgeting and finance course at Rutgers Camden and while this topic doesn’t usually gather a massively engaged crowd, I find the content compelling, especially … Read more of Render Unto Trenton by Jared Hunter

How Do Camden Communities Hold Their Local Government’s Feet to the Fire? by Jared Hunter

Thanks to Camden resident Jared Hunter for this guest post. Jared lives and works in the city, and is a graduate student at Rutgers-Camden.             I grew up in the boondocks of southern Gloucester County; my father worked and my mother was a homemaker; there were seven of us crammed into an extremely tiny three-bedroom apartment for … Read more of How Do Camden Communities Hold Their Local Government’s Feet to the Fire? by Jared Hunter