Are prisoners counted as part of a city's general population in the census? If so the demo and relocation of a few thousand prisoners would make a noticeable dent in the city's poverty rate.
There is a tiny part of Cooper Point that never really struck me as up and coming, although it is nicer than most of Camden.
Camden - Google Maps
The most noticeable improvements have been the student ghetto they've built up near Rutgers-Camden in Cooper Grant.
There was talk of building condos to replace the prison. There isn't a supermarket in the town but they want to build condos. Camden is doomed. Which truly is a shame when you consider what it could be if it were a suitable compliment to Center City with 24 hour train service over the bridge.
it's the DRPA's $5 toll that sentences Camden to death. While you can go back and forth on Patco, it's harder and more expensive to deo recreational and shopping trips. Things that help drive places like K of P and Philadelphia.
The PPA's evil but we don't charge PA suburban visitors and $5 Cover Charge per visit.
I'm not seeing all these supposed bikes in all these million dollar bike lanes.
Since when is Camden a suburb? It seems like a city that was in existence for almost as long as Philadelphia to me. Then again, maybe I'm not up to date with the latest changes in the meanings of words to suit people's own views. Oh well.
I wouldn't be surprised if it were being gentrified either. The parts of Philadelphia nearest Camden right over the river have been getting gentrified for the past decade or so.
Today, it's mostly parking lots on the water front behind the Aquarium, ballpark, and ship. Cooper Hospital in the middle, and shells upon shells of dilapidated rowhomes and empty lots everywhere else. Beyond the waterfront attractions, there is nowhere anyone wants to go.
Photo Album - Imgur
Here it is: Cousins Supermarket There's also a PathMark in the city.
[QUOTE=daninpa;498622]There actually is a full-service supermarket in the city. I forgot the name but they also had another location elsewhere. Their meat counter was huge.
Here it is: Cousins Supermarket There's also a PathMark in the city.[/QUoOTE]
I think the Super Market is an ALDI or something like that.
"imagination and memory are but one thing, which for diverse considerations hath diverse names" - Thomas Hobbes
Camden won't really gentrify, I'm afraid, until Fairmount/SWCC/NoLibs/etc. are have Rittenhouse-level housing prices. Right now there are just too many affordable neighborhoods next to downtown for anyone to want to cross the Delaware.
I wonder if we'll be able to find parking.
But seriously, this is what you get when you put a bunch of South Jersey suburban legislators in charge of city redevelopment projects.
Either way, it's not the total population numbers that matter but the makeup of them. Just like with every other city (like Philadelphia for example) that has seen population growth, the growth started before it showed in population numbers but it didn't show until the number of people moving in outnumbered the number of people leaving. What matters though is people moving into any city, because even NYC has people that move out all the time yet that gets majorly cancelled out by the many who move there as well as the many who still stay.
Every time I cross over on patco I still can't help but notice the completely windowless former RCA tower near the Victor building that Dranoff was supposed to redevelop into condos... Also reminisce of childhood when there was still a sizable portion of abandoned RCA sprawling out below the Ben Frankln bridge.
Sad what deindustrialization has done in cities, especially Jersey cities where as mentioned, suburban politicians could not have cared less.
At least the new rutgers dorm building with the multicolored side doesn't look half bad. Sadly, eds and meds are all the development that's left there these days.