British folk-rock band “Mumford and Sons” used Camden as their backdrop in a music video for their song “Whispers in the Dark.” This should be bring Camden in the spotlight for something fun, at least for a little bit.
New Jersey’s most dangerous city recently tied its record for the most murders in one year when it recorded its 58th homicide on Nov. 2.
Home videos about Camden, N.J., now being posted online show a very different kind of city. Instead of depicting poverty and violence, they show idyllic scenes in Yorkship Village, part of the Fairview neighborhood from the 1950s and ’60s.
Michael Ruiz fondly remembers his childhood there and is posting the home videos his dad shot to give former residents and others a chance to see his old neighborhood.
Jeff Puthoff, S.J. asks why we, as a nation, seem so undisturbed by the record-breaking violence and poverty in Camden, NJ. He talks about treating the trama caused by Camden’s crippling poverty if we want to begin to heal Camden.
Spencer Platt / Getty Images — Camden, New Jersey is now the most impoverished city in the U.S. with nearly 32,000 of Camden’s residents living below the poverty line, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Camden has a chronic crime problem with 48 recorded homicides this year alone. A lack of jobs has been a feature of life in Camden since the city lost most of its manufacturing base in the late 1960s and 70s. While the state unemployment rate is about 9.9 percent, Camden’s is estimated at 19 percent. - NBCNews.com
See the rest of the photo essay here: http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/11/14376171-residents-struggle-for-food-in-camden-nj?lite
New Jersey wants to give recent college graduates up to $7,000 towards their student debts if those students decide to move to Camden, Trenton, or Jersey City with the hopes that young professional will breath new life into these beleaguered cities.