Michael McAteer's blog

Death and Destruction: My Commute From Work This Morning. Story and Photos

"At least two people died and 10 were injured in a fiery multi-vehicle crash in an Interstate 5 tunnel south of Santa Clarita late Friday, closing the freeway in both directions until at least Tuesday

The grand design for Philadelphia's Delaware River waterfront: Help Philadelphians reconnect with their river.

The plan's biggest idea - and easily the most controversial - is the Penn Praxis recommendation to march the city's street grid right down to the river. In voicing his strong support,Democratic mayoral nominee Michael Nutter calls for "a more urban, Philadelphia-style feeling along the water."

The Camden NJ Regional Equity Demonstration Project - Rutgers University

After 50 years of continuous and accelerating job loss, population flight, propertymarket
decline, plummeting municipal revenues, and civic collapse, Camden has embarked on a
land-redevelopment process of unprecedented proportions, initiated by a state takeover of the city’s municipal functions, Ambitious plans are under way or in the pipelineCivic Engagement in Camden, New Jersey

Campbell Soup plan challenged again. Campbell Soup deadline to resolve; this Friday, Sept.14.

Filed in the Appellate Division of Superior Court, the suit is the fifth challenge to the proposed expansion of Campbell Soup Co.'s world headquarters here.

A new theory of ancient cities

A new theory of ancient cities
September 1, 2007
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer,By Thomas H. Maugh II / Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
...was a full-fledged urban center of about 325 acres. The finds, the researchers wrote, suggest that the study of early urban areas "must accommodate multiple models for the origins of cities." thomas.maugh@latimes.com / Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

NJ: Affordable housing shift blocked by court

By Tom Hester Jr.
Associated Press
TRENTON - A state appellate court yesterday ordered the state to reconsider a plan by a wealthy Monmouth County community to pay a poverty-laden nearby town to take on its affordable housing obligation, a decision hailed as crucial by affordable housing advocates.

From NJ State Assemblyman Joe Roberts: NJ needs a new plan for affordable housing

Sunday, August 26, 2007

By JOE ROBERTS
For the Courier-Post

New Jersey needs a housing policy that promotes -- not prevents -- the ability of our residents to live where they work. Regional contribution agreements (RCAs) are a barrier to that goal.

Camden's 18 yr. old Craig Bazan's "Hamlet on the Street," Top "You Tube" Video Week Two: 250,000 views, 1,000 comments.

"Non illegitimus carborundum est"
As CNU moves closer to understanding and addressing the inner city, a proud taste of the inner city from Camden, NJ. www.Youtube.com top video pick of the week. ( 3 minutes)

New deadline for Campbell Soup

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

By JIM WALSH
Courier-Post Staff

CAMDEN
City council and the Camden Redevelopment Agency moved Tuesday to extend a key deadline for a controversial redevelopment project at the headquarters of Campbell Soup Co.

Trading places: As the affluent go downtown, the working poor are tripling up to buy homes in the 'burbs.

By By William Fulton L.A. Times
July 29, 2007

What's going on here? For a century, people in Southern California moved to the suburbs as they got richer, leaving the more "urban" parts of town to poor people. Now that pattern has reversed itself.Affluent people are leaving the suburbs to live in the city, while the working poor -- people who have jobs but don't earn enough to exceed the poverty line -- are doubling and tripling up in the suburbs to buy houses.