Camden’s reputation is on the rise but will the city follow?

So, Subaru is coming to Camden. The headlines keep getting better. Camden’s image makeover has been dramatic. You don’t have to go back that far to remember when every story felt like the city’s obituary. A year ago Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi provoked Camden boosters with his over-the-top damning critique of the city’s new, county-based police … Read more …

Piping Politics into the Pinelands Commission

Forces are converging in New Jersey to force the issue of whether or not a pipeline will be extended through the Pinelands in order to enable the conversion of a coal-burning plant in Beesley’s Point from coal to natural gas. Much more is at stake than just new jobs, additional energy resources, or a perceived … Read more …

In Camden, Further Scrutiny of Police Surveillance

The stepped up police work in Camden, including not just additional officers, but virtually unprecedented levels of visual surveillance, continues to spark national controversy. Vice Media, the hot news program on HBO aimed at young adult viewers, in its final program of the season June 13th, used Camden’s system as a warning for possible loss … Read more …

Fifty Years Out, the Graduates of ’64 Have Much to Reflect On

Fifty year anniversaries offer special opportunities for public reflection. For those old enough to remember, there is always the chance for gaining perspective over past experience and its consequences. For younger people, there is the opportunity to learn about the ways the past has helped shape contemporary life. 2014 has supported a particularly robust series … Read more …

Hopes Boosted for “Eds and Meds” in Camden

Well before “eds and meds” became a primary focus for revitalization strategies in post-industrial cities nationally, the State of New Jersey was placing a big bet on such institutions in Camden. Under recovery legislation enacted by the legislature in 2001, Cooper Hospital and Rutgers-Camden were singled out for major investments, as anchor institutions that could … Read more …