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

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

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