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Camden, NJ: A chaotic historic preservation meeting; Campbell Soup Co. may leave city.

Saturday, April 28, 2007
By ALAN GUENTHER
Courier-Post Staff

CAMDEN
A chaotic city historic preservation commission meeting ended early Friday morning without a decision on Campbell Soup Co.'s request to tear down the Sears Building on Admiral Wilson Boulevard to make way for a $72 million world headquarters and office park. Commission member Kristine Seitz said the office park Campbell wants to build is suitable for a suburb, not a city.

Farther, faster? Not anymore

Progress in transportation is stalling as technology lags and suburban sprawl ties things up.
By Paul Nussbaum
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer
After centuries of ever-faster travel, the triumph of technology over time seems to have stalled. The expectation that each generation will be not only be more upwardly mobile, but also more rapidly mobile, has died, apparently of congestion of the arteries.

S.O.S. ! Camden, New Jersey about to make mistake.

Just when you think everything is going swell!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

By ALAN GUENTHER
Courier-Post Staff
CAMDEN After working for years to make a beautiful old bank building the heart of a reborn downtown business district, the city has changed course and is proposing to put 40 units of low-income housing at the site. ( The site is in the heart of Camden's revitalizing area, where there is still much work to be done. In fact, it is so in the heart of the Revitalization Zone, the Camden Redevelopment Agency uses the building as it's official logo on its website.)

Developer Dranoff: Camden NJ waterfront has reached a "tipping point."

By Troy Graham Inquirer Staff Writer Mon, Apr. 16, 2007

For Dranoff, the developer of Philadelphia's Symphony House, Venice Lofts and the Left Bank, there's nothing left to prove. The toehold of development that once was the Camden waterfront has reached a "tipping point," he said.

Philadelphia forum shows urban planning not priority in mayor's race

April 10, 2007 Philadelphia forum shows urban planning not priority in mayor's race
By Inga Saffron , Inquirer Architecture Critic
This was supposed to be the year in which urban planning took center stage as an issue in Philadelphia politics, along with crime and schools. But if last night's mayoral forum on urban design was any indication, the subject is still stuck with a bit role in the campaign.

Philadelphia, site of CNU XV, Brainstorming Exercise produced reams of ideas for improving the Philly waterfront.

Since the plan is being crafted with political realities in mind, it will include several "quick-hit projects" that can be completed in short order, said Praxis director Harris Steinberg. The next mayor could announce his first effort in November and have something to show the public by the spring.

Camden New Jersey's Fairview Neighborhood on CNU XV Program, in the news, Camden Courier-Post 3/6/07

Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Re: "New urbanism has potential in region" (editorial, Feb. 16).

The new urbanism concept is growing every day in this country. One of the best examples of new urbanism living is in Camden. Read CP 3/06/07 Editorial: http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070306/OPI...

Camden, New Jersey is on the CNU XV Program

Camden, New Jersey is the greatest challenge New Urbanism will ever face. Camden has the highest poverty rate in the nation. It's urban landscape is horribly bleak. Yet it arguably has the best undeveloped location assets in the country.