Monday, August 06, 2012

Life in "Progress" City - Camden NJ edition

Camden, New Jersey, has long been one of the most dangerous places in America, but recent police cuts combined with the highest unemployment rate in New Jersey have made the city even deadlier.

This year there have been 39 murders in the city of 77,000 -- on pace to break the all-time record set in 1995.

In 2011, the murder rate was ten times than that of New York City and 30 percent higher than New Orleans, Louisiana, the most dangerous large city in the nation. 
Camden was once a bustling industrial town but drugs and alcohol abuse now run rife in an area that is economically deprived. More than half of all children live below the poverty line.

The city finds itself in the midst of a drug war as unemployed young men with nothing to lose battle for territory across the city.
Just out of curiosity, I went to the Camden Wiki page to get a history of the last time the city had a republican governor.

I couldn't find that but I did run into this entry...........
Camden has historically been a stronghold of the Democratic Party. Voter turnout is very low; approximately 19% of Camden's voting age population participated in the 2005 gubernatorial election.[60]

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