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Wealthy towns must have affordable homes

Rich communities should not be allowed to outsource their obligation to provide affordable housing.
A plan to stop packing affordable housing into cities is running into opposition from New Jersey League of Municipalities members. Contending the organization is concerned about urban areas losing rehabilitation funds, the league is pushing hard to defeat a proposal by Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts, D-Camden, to end regional contributions agreements. State officials opened this loophole to allow wealthy towns to get out of providing up to 50 percent of their fair share of affordable housing mandated under the Mount Laurel court decisions.

The proposed Campbell Soup Co. expansion became more convoluted Thursday. NU's, please provide POV on CP Forum

Friday, July 27, 2007
By EILEEN STILWELL
Courier-Post Staff

CAMDEN
The proposed Campbell Soup Co. expansion and the future of the historic Sears Building became more convoluted Thursday with the cancellation of a special city planning board meeting.

Camden Courier Post: Campbell Soup Terrible Design: You can comment anonymously. Deadline July 30.

The fight for the Sears Building overshadows the fact that Campbell Soup's project is a terribly designed suburban-style component of the Gateway Neighborhood Redevelopment, which ignores transportation assets. The PATCO Hi-Speedline and River LINE skirt the edge. Your comments welcome in Camden Courier Post.

Smart growth? Wise up. If only you would work.A recent Times look at how four "smart-growth" or "transit-oriented" developments.

Los Angeles Times Editorial

Though the concept hasn't delivered on its promise of getting us out of our cars, that doesn't mean it's a failure.
July 11, 2007

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-ed-smartgrowth11jul11,0,5881270.s...

NAACP General Council and Interim President Speaks on Zoning, Suburbs and Segregation on C-Span

National Association of Attorneys General talk about the 150th anniversary of Dred Scott decision and its impact. Move time slider to 1 hour, 25 minutes. Next 3 minutes of speech covers zoning, suburbs and segregation.

Campbell plan faces additional hurdle in court

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Another lawsuit was recently filed against the Campbell project, this one by Dr. Denim, a hip hop manufacturing company that says it wants to buy the Sears Building and convert it into a recording studio, retail store and manufacturing center for its hand-painted clothes.

Campbell Soup Plan Hits Snag: Camden activist Frank Fulbrook won a round in court in his fight against the Campbell Soup Co.

By ALAN GUENTHER
Courier-Post Staff

CAMDEN
Another procedural error by the city planning board dealt a setback Friday to a major redevelopment plan.

This time, community activist Frank Fulbrook won a round in court in his fight against the Campbell Soup Co. Campbell wants to tear down the vacant, dilapidated Sears Building at 1300 Admiral Wilson Blvd. to make way for a new world headquarters and a suburban-style corporate office park.

Campbell's Soup : 5-1 HSC Council also noted applicants' failure to explore possible uses other than Class A office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TRENTON - June 22, 2007

Preservation New Jersey (PNJ), the statewide, grassroots historic
preservation advocacy and education organization, today congratulated the
New Jersey Historic Sites Council (HSC) for its vote yesterday to protect

Panel votes to save Sears Building from Campbell's Soup Plans

Friday, June 22, 2007

By ALAN GUENTHER
Courier-Post Staff

TRENTON
Historic Sites Council member Marilou Ehrler pleaded with Campbell's executives..."Please don't move out of Camden."

By a 5-1 vote, the state Historic Sites Council on Thursday recommended that Campbell be denied permission to take down the Sears Building.The council's vote was only advisory and can be overturned by Lisa Jackson, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection. Jackson is a member of Gov. Jon S. Corzine's Cabinet. Corzine is a strong supporter of Campbell's application to tear down the dilapidated Sears Building to make way for a new world headquarters and office park.

NY TIMES, SUNDAY, JUNE 17: We would urge Campbell's to think again before risking its reputation for good citizenship...

NY TIMES,N.Y./Region

Campbell Soup Company has been a mainstay in Camden, a southern New Jersey city that has long since fallen on hard times. We would urge Campbell to think again before risking its reputation for good citizenship and to explore other courses of action. One alternative would be to draw on the talent of noted architects and preservationists to work this historically significant building into its overall development plans. Read...