Some Urban Thoughts on Rural Progressivism

One of the lessons of living, working and studying in Camden, NJ is how interrelated urban and regional issues are. There’s simply no way to understand issues in Camden — such as the racial and environmental justice issues surrounding the methadone clinic, or affordable housing, or the ways concentrated poverty affects school funding — without … Read more of Some Urban Thoughts on Rural Progressivism

Marathon Methadone Meeting Ends with Approval

I didn’t have a chance to make it to the Planning Board Meeting last night — which lasted hours and featured a final vote approving variance changes for the methadone clinic. The variances were approved on the condition of the creation of a community advisory board (along with minor changes to security and the bus … Read more of Marathon Methadone Meeting Ends with Approval

Post-Election Friday Roundup

So many things to read, let’s catch up:   — Phil Murphy wins the governorship, and the focus immediately turns to progressive issues (that’s good):  With Murphy now coming into the State House after campaigning on the $15 minimum-wage issue, it seems likely that New Jersey will eventually become the latest place to enact a $15 … Read more of Post-Election Friday Roundup

NJ Election Day Open Thread

Vote! Opened up the thread in case people want to share their experiences voting, or their thoughts. There’s not a lot of Camden news here — Jared did a roundup that included some of the long-shot candidates last week — so I’m going to leave this open. Drop your thoughts into the comments, and I’ll … Read more of NJ Election Day Open Thread

Why #ChooseCamden Shouldn’t Mean Create a Suburb

This week, the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce held an event titled #ChooseCamden that featured a who’s-who of South Jersey politics, but nary a resident or person of color in sight. The Courier-Post’s Phaedra Trethan covered the event, including the announcement that Camden’s minor league baseball stadium would be demolished. She also captured extensive comments … Read more of Why #ChooseCamden Shouldn’t Mean Create a Suburb