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)

Poll or Propoganda?

Monday evening, as I was leaving the office, I got a call to participate in a poll on politics and progress in Camden, City. That doesn’t happen very often, in part because I kept my phone number from when I lived in DC so I have a non-local area code. So I was pretty excited … Continue reading Poll or Propoganda?

My Favorite Camden Places (Michael J. Doyle Fishing Pier edition)

Had a chance to spend some time in Waterfront South this weekend, and stopped by both the Michael J. Doyle Fishing Pier and Phoenix Park. I talk a lot in this space about development that actively or unintentionally excludes residents, but I think it’s important to also highlight the moments when development, public spaces, and … Continue reading My Favorite Camden Places (Michael J. Doyle Fishing Pier edition)

Self-Care, Activism (and Camden Jam)

Whew. That’s the first week of the semester. I’ve used these Friday posts to do a lot of different things over the years. To highlight community events. To talk a bit more casually about my own research. To promote my writings. But wanted to take a moment today to talk about my own challenges surrounding … Continue reading Self-Care, Activism (and Camden Jam)

“No Excuses” in Camden: the Stakes are High

A few weeks ago there was some fantastic, in-depth reporting by Avi Wolfman-Arendt (WHYY) on Philadelphia’s KIPP schools that is particularly relevant for the current educational moment in Camden. Because in Camden, “no excuses” schools are in vogue. They were explicitly chosen through the political process as a way to try to improve the schools … Continue reading “No Excuses” in Camden: the Stakes are High