Saturday, February 19, 2011
It was once a thriving center for manufacturing and industry, but now, according to Wikipedia, "Camden is perhaps best known for its struggles with urban dysfunction. Three Camden mayors have been jailed for corruption... Since 2005 the school system and police department have been operated by the State of New Jersey; the takeover will expire in 2012. In 2008, Camden had the highest crime rate in the U.S. with 2,333 violent crimes per 100,000 people while the national average was 455 per 100,000... Two out of every five residents are below the national poverty line."
During the generation between 1967 and 1990, all the city's major factories, including a shipyard and plants for RCA and the Campbell Soup Co., closed. Camden was afflicted by race rioting in the 1970s, decades of losing middle-class residents to the suburbs, and an epidemic of drug-related violence. The schools have been partially under state control. So dire is the budget crisis that officials threatened to shut down the entire city library system, and last month the city announced severe budget cuts for police, firefighters and city employees, laying off 25-33% of each sector.
So let's take a look in pictures of Camden, NJ of the past and the present. Some of the old views will be of historical postcards but I felt they still presented an accurate picture of the vitality of Camden in the past.
First.. Camden of the past...
~ Caption: "Probably no city in this part of the country affords better living facilities than does Camden..."
And now.. Camden today...
Posted by Susquehanna at Saturday, February 19, 2011