Second Inside-Out Tour Hidden Camden: Beyond The Rhetoric, with Gayle Christiansen
When:November 10, 10AM – 1PM
Cost: $30 general, $20 members
Number of slots: Maximum 25 people
Where: From Philadelphia, get on an eastbound train at one of the PATCO stations on Locust Street (at 9th, 12th and 15th St.). Get off at City Hall station. We’ll meet in front of the City Hall station entrance, on the northeast corner of 5th and Market, in front of the Camden Seafood and Deli.
Further Information: Contact Lee Tusman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 267-428-1661
To sign up for Hidden Camden: Beyond the Rhetoric, click HERE.
We’ll go beyond the waterfront and downtown to see Camden’s thriving Hispanic commercial corridor, the quiet Fairview neighborhood built as the nation’s first federally financed planned community, and stop at favorite local gathering places. We’ll also examine current conflicts existing in the city through a visit to the not-standing-for-much-longer Sears building, decaying Carnegie library, and a neighborhood clashing over a Renaissance school proposal. If you wanted to get to know Camden, but never knew where to start, now is the chance to join us.
The popular commentary on Camden, New Jersey goes something like this: A booming industrial city loses its manufacturing base and then its population. It looks to a “rebirth” first through state intervention and waterfront development and then by expansion of the “eds and meds anchor institutions.” Yet headlines continue to proclaim crime rates and poverty levels among the highest in the country, one of the state’s lowest performing school districts, and a city hall so broke it is looking to outsource its police force to the county. For thirty years “rebirth” evades the city, its supposed imminent end still out of reach.
Those who know Camden realize the city is not a blank slate or an empty urban wilderness calling for “pioneers” to settle here. It hums with the not always easy life of residents and business owners who call it home. It’s steeped in a history visible to those who know where to look, even without many of its historic buildings still standing. Come with Hidden City to explore this city, the one that has shaken off the “rebirth” rhetoric and is writing its own reality by living each day instead of waiting for the next supposed silver bullet of transformation.