Skip to comments.City of Ruins: Camden, New Jersey, stands as a warning....
Posted on 07/10/2014 1:12:33 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
Camden, New Jersey, with a population of 70,390, is per capita the poorest city in the nation. It is also the most dangerous. The city's real unemploymenthard to estimate, since many residents have been severed from the formal economy for generationsis probably 3040 percent. The median household income is $24,600. There is a 70 percent high school dropout rate, with only 13 percent of students managing to pass the state's proficiency exams in math. The city is planning $28 million in draconian budget cuts, with officials talking about cutting 25 percent from every department, including layoffs of nearly half the police force. The proposed slashing of the public library budget by almost two-thirds has left the viability of the library system in doubt.
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Those “draconian budget cuts” amounts to about $398 per resident.
How will they ever survive??
Is the Camden Public Library and the Camden County Library System the same entity?
What about Rutgers? How much they contribute to the city?
That's 100% accurate. Yet, not far away in the same state, the city of Sea Girt, is run by Republican Mayor Ken Farrell. Under GOP leadership, that city enjoys a crime rate that's nearly nil and a median income of alsmost $103,000. In the 2004 election, George Bush commanded nearly 77% of the vote, proving that Republican leadership yields prosperity. Camden should wise up and learn the lessons from its neighbor to the east. Electing DemonRATS invariably leads to decay and despair.
Sea Girt, like the rest of Monmouth County usually votes republican.
Through no fault of their own, I assume?
Parker House back porch lobster and mini-cheeseburgers.
Dems just love decay and despair!
They would rather rule over a pile of rubble than see republicans bring prosperity.
But they have the RiverSharks!
Don’t worry,the Hispanics will do a little ethnic cleansing!
If, as the sentiment on this thread declares, the decline of Camden was caused by leftist programs like the Great Society, what was it about Camden, Detroit and elsewhere that required or at least justified the Great Society programs?
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The collapse of the cities is a warning to the politicians of both parties who have spent beyond means what is to come because they have refused to spend less and balance budgets.
All those GOPe ideas like TARP in 2008 and Medicare Part D in 2004 have done this country no good.....
In related news, “Recovery Summer - pt. 5” now playing at a mall cinema near you: http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-of-dead-shopping-malls-2014-7?op=1
“Is the Camden Public Library and the Camden County Library System the same entity?”
I don’t know, but I am shocked that these places even have public libraries anymore. I guess it is to keep municipal workers employed; a friend that taught second grade in one of these welfare pastures in NJ described students that didn’t know the word for “book” (they would point at it and call it “that thing”).
“What about Rutgers? How much they contribute to the city?”
It isn’t the main campus, and as a state school I’d imagine that when the state runs out of money the school’s contributions (if any) would be cut as well. Newark NJ has a few colleges, and laid off 160 cops a couple of years ago anyway.
Camden is a typical Rustbelt city; even without the usual Dem corruption, when the jobs leave the best & brightest follow (leaving gibsmedats and illegals).
I remember taking the wife and kids to Camden on two occasions: when a new aquarium was opened there, and to visit the battleship New Jersey. The aquarium wasn’t impressive compared to one a bit closer on Coney Island (which has beluga whales); the battleship was great, but you drove through a lot of abandoned areas to get there. Both makework projects were put there to stimulate the economy, and both failed. Newark NJ does the same stuff, but consumers aren’t biting.
It wasn’t your typical slum (dangerously crawling with gibsmedats); it was more like a museum of how the gibsmedats used to live. We didn’t see many people there at all.
I was born in Camden sixty-nine years ago. From that day on, I never saw a reason to go back.