Something About South Jersey
for the City of Camden
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Revival of Camden's historic
role as the business and shopping center for South Jersey seems impossible.
But with the aquarium, music
center and the Riversharks playing
in the new ball park, Camden is blossoming as a riverfront
and Lady of Lourdes hospitals,
and government offices, it serves as a major educational, medical and administrative
It is at the center of public
transportation in the region, with rail lines to Lindenwold, Philadelphia,
Trenton (soon) and Atlantic City.
But how much does all this
help the neighborhoods and the people who live in the city?
Is it likely that any limits
placed on "sprawl" will pressure developers to build in Camden and people
to move back into the city?
|Faith-based organizations are replacing
failed high-rise public housing with lower density units.
||Subsidized low income housing for people
selected by an activist group.
Camden Plan is closer to the "new town" ideals of the planners than
anything in the suburbs. Click
here for a larger view.
Should we focus on rebuilding
each Camden neighborhood,
building "New Towns" on the ruins of the failed city? Is it fair
to use taxpayer's money to supply housing to people favored by activist
Or should we just clear out
the abandoned housing and help to recondition the housing that remains,
as they are doing in Syracuse,
|The new light
rail line to Trenton will go up Camden's Fourth Street between the
Federal Court House and Rutgers University.
Residents of the street are concerned about vibration, noise and congestion,
but proponents expect it to help revitalize Camden's downtown.