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Campbell's Soup Project is Part of Larger "Gateway Neighborhood" Planned Redevelopment

Campbells Soup ignores two major commuter rail lines bordering its re-development zone, prefering to cater to cars instead. Excludes new residential near Campbell's campus.

http://www.ci.camden.nj.us/departments/GATEWAYRED%20PLAN.pdf

Paving history for parking. For nearly two centuries, the buildings stood until they were mistakenly torn down .

Phila. Inquirer By Inga Saffron
Inquirer Architecture Critic

Paving history for parking
For nearly two centuries, the buildings stood as sentinels at Front and Chestnuts streets until they were mistakenly torn down by bulldozers to make way for a parking lot. The matter is under investigation.

June 5, NY Times, Camden, N.J. Campbell Soup Co. Says It May Go if Sears Building Stays

By KAREEM FAHIM NY Times
Published: June 5, 2007
Now, amid an effort to revive a city mired in a crippling cycle of crime and unemployment, the Campbell Soup Company, Camden’s longtime and most prominent corporate resident, has proposed expanding its presence and transforming the area where the empty store sits into an office park.

Soak up the sameness: They call them "New Urbanism," even though these developments are rarely new or urban.

Monica Yant Kinney | You'll recognize this 'new' place
By Monica Yant Kinney June 1, 2007
Inquirer Columnist

Inquirer reporter offers something for all of us to think seriously about: NU "sameness" supplanting "placemaking." "I snicker, but I've spent a considerable amount of time and cash at what - big surprise - turned into just a newer, slightly more convenient example of the same-old suburban sprawl.Mayberry never had Panera and Baja Fresh and the year-round miracle that is The Christmas Tree Shops." Read More...

Picture of Soon to be Destroyed Downtown Camden County Jail, the 2nd Prison Slated to Go.

See the context of downtown area of Camden where jail resides, across the street from Walt Whitman's House, a National Landmark
http://www.camdennewjersey.org/walt_whitman_and_mickle_blvd__camden,_n

Camden Announces Destruction of 2nd Downtown Prison, Just Days After Announcing Tear Down of Riverfront State Pen

City Opens Up for Developers

With destruction of downtown County Jail, Camden becomes prime real estate. Mickle Blvd. is Gateway to city of Camden and it's waterfront. It is 1.5 miles long, with Campbells Soup announced new World Headquarters to be built at east end, capped by scenic Delaware River at west end, where you can catch the Ferry for a short hop to Old City Philadelphia. In the middle of this 1.5 mile blvd is a state of the art high speed rail line, connecting to downtown Philadelphia, with connections to Amtrak and Intl. airport less than ten minutes away.

Campbells Soup $100 Million Single Use Campus Plan Available Online

To VIEW plans go to:

www.abcimaging.com
LOGIN: CNUguest
PASSWORD: blueprint
DIVISION: ( FROM DROP-DOWN LIST): "PLAN ROOM"
CLICK: "SIGN IN"
THE FILES ARE IN THE CNU FOLDER INSIDE THE PLAN ROOM

NJ Gov. Corzine Set To Destroy Riverfront Prison In Camden

"This is a golden opportunity for North Camden and the entire city. It could open the door for some 50 to 60 acres of new ( waterfront) development," Sadler said. (With spectacular views of Philadelphia)

S,O.S. Turn This $100 Million Single Use Project into a $200 Million or More With Proper Design. Official Plans to be Posted

Camden needs to take out an insurance policy against Campbell's Soup, and a mixed use campus is that policy.CNU members can help by faxing Gov. Corzine in New Jersey, asking him to wait before signing off on the plan until we have a chance to organize a presentation of a better alternative for Campbells and the city. Gov. Corzine also serves as Camden's mayor. He can veto any plan. As former CEO of Goldman Sachs, he will recognize the value in this NU opportunity once presented. His fax number is:

From Beaches to Pine Barrens, a Study Puts Values on New Jersey’s Natural Assets NY Times, Monday, May 21

By PAM BELLUCK, NY TIMES MONDAY, MAY 21,2007

The report, by economists commissioned by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, tries to put a dollar value on the state’s natural resources, from the Jersey Shore to the Kittatinny Mountains, to places like, well, Weehawken.