Mar 7, 2014
Camden, N.J.: A Catastrophic Cautionary Tale
Posted on Dec 12, 2013
Camden, N.J. is right across the Ben Franklin Bridge from tourist-friendly Philadelphia, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi notes, but it’s nothing like its relatively shiny neighbor city. It’s one of the starkest examples of communities in crisis across the nation—an “un-Fantasy island of extreme poverty and violence” where everyone is scarred in one way or another and few are employed.
Camden’s implosion isn’t just the result of the mass industrial exodus that took once plentiful jobs in shipyards and factories out of the picture—nor is it only the byproduct of the illegal drug trade that cropped up in part to fill that vacuum.
And although the federal government and Wall Street did their bit to plunge Camden into economic chaos, this most recent and acute crisis was brought on in large part by homegrown politicians (here’s looking at you, Gov. Chris Christie) and serves as a bellwether for what could happen in all our backyards—or front yards, for that matter.
Here’s Taibbi’s read on the Camden catastrophe:
—Posted by Kasia Anderson.
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