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.
I don’t blame you; without family and decent work nearby, I wouldn’t be living here in NJ. A huge problem for the whole state is the loss of its younger taxpayers (who follow the companies that are leaving). It is a small enough state that you can live in PA (even keeping a NJ job if you have one). A friend works in NYC with a couple of people who commute from PA.
sounds like there are lots of empty buildings in Camden to ship illegals fleeing poverty and violence
I would guess that there area number of factors in the death of malls.
1)High rents = higher markups = inability to compete with Walmart, Amazon, etc.
2)Stagnant economy & unemployment mean fewer shoppers.
3)Middle class moved further away.
4)Uncontrolled packs of feral “youth” ran the remaining customers away. Feral “youth” buy little, steal a lot. Management & stockholders say, “Why bother...goodby!”
This is the way the world ends,
This is the way the world ends,
This is the way the world ends,
Not with a bang but a whimper.
How are the guns “easily purchased” in PA, with its “lax gun laws”.
I live in Texas, and we have to follow the FEDERAL gun laws and that means a BACKGROUND CHECK if you buy from a licensed dealer - and that is a serious check. Yes, you don’t need one for a private sale, but there are not a whole lot people that will sell privately to gang members, since it is (or can be) a felony, if you know the person is a felon.
Seems some other dynamic is at work there...wonder what it could be.
Oh. I'm not going to say it.
Burlington, VT has been run by Democrats since then, and it's very pleasant.
Are you sure it's a party thing?
-——How much they contribute to the city-——
The universities contribution is “in kind”. They have academics that pontificate on how things should be run.
Ditto Portland, Seattle, Madison, and many other large and small cities in the Midwest and West.
there’s a large state police barracks/training facility and also a national guard base in this small town. Probably a shade better class of people than Camden
It's not the politics. It's the fence.
Jim, Burlington gets the lions share of state revenue through lobbying and a large voting block. Look into act 60 and 68. I’m in southern VT. a town of 2200 and we are a sharing town which means we more than match our school budget and seen that to the state, our roads look like Bosnia and we consider ourselves No. Mass because that as much attention as we get from Montpelier.
The battleship New Jersey is there, as a museum. So one reason to visit.
Thankfully you can get to her via water taxi from the Philly waterfront.
“Are you sure it’s a party thing?”
Indeed - It is just a coincidence that the population is largely black. We will keep playing these word games to our complete demise because you can’t fix what you can’t correctly identify.
I don't have any sense of the local dynamics, but one would think that distressed waterfront property just across from Center City Philadelphia would have redevelopment potential. Of course, I live in Gentrification Central (D.C.), so I tend to see the brighter side of things.
Let’s not play the race card.
I postulate your progressive cities have universities with affluent outside sources of income.
Camden style...what America will look like after liberals rule it.
Look at the Indian Reservations. They aren’t black. Yes, it is Democrats.
As a NJ resident if we could remove Newark, Trenton and Camden from the rest of the state,it truly would be the “Garden State”.
Camden is roughly the same as East St. Louis for all the reasons listed here.
The river, if fully developed, could be draw, but that isn’t going to happen. Philly, on the other side, has pockets of prosperity but is headed in the same direction for the same reasons. It’ll just take longer.
Here’s another socialist/criminal induces paradise
For anyone familiar with Detroit, I got off I-75 southbound into Detroit @ 8-mile (just entering the northern border of the city) 2 days ago because of a traffic jam on the freeway. From 8-mile I went to John R and took it south into the city until it stopped at Ferris (then I went right on Ferris to Woodward and proceeded south downtown). The side streets (looking left and right) going down Ferris were as bad or worse than the pics, above. Some livable homes but many that were burnt out, boarded up or grass and weeds so tall you could barely see the front of the house. There were lots of homes close together and I did not notice many vacant lots. It was raining Tuesday and somehow that seemed to fit the scene. It was also bad enough to bring a tear to my eyes as I remember growing up in and around Detroit in the 50’s 60’s 70’s.
Give me a break. Philadelphia has many universities. It's also a crime-ridden city.
That "what was it about" killed Trenton too.
I did give you a break.
You can’t compare Philly to Camden.
I thot the KKK was democrats
You just gave me an idea for a Plymouth Plantation kind of tourist attraction where tourists experience simulated carjackings. rapes and murders while the actors speak in the original dialect. Probably appeal to the GTA generation.
It is a party thing. If the parties end in gunfire on a Saturday night, the city has problems.
But they (and all liberals) are convinced that all problems are due to NOT ENOUGH spending.
OK. I'll stop with the word games. There is a direct correlation with ethnicity. Large concentrations of blacks almost always means larger concentrations of crime.
Here are the census statistics by racial makeup...
Are you sure it's a party thing?
Bingo! I was hoping someone would make that point. Inconvenient truths are inconvenient.