Robert A.M. Stern, Architect, Teacher, Writer and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture Honors Camden NJ

Robert A.M. Stern, Architect, Teacher, Writer and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture honored Camden with his presence in the city as he toured the Garden Village neighborhood of Yorkship Village. Stern further honored Camden as he held out Yorkship Village as a exemplary model of TND during his acceptance speech of the Athena Medal.

This was Sterns second trip to Yorkship, the first 25 years ago. Stern was struck at the decline of the neighborhod since, but commented during the tour that he saw signs of the neighborhood making a comeback. The social context of the setting also concerned him. It appears Sterns keynote speech while accepting the Athena Medal may have been influnced somewhat by his Camden tour in his plea for New Urbanists to pay more attention to America's blighted inner cities.

CNU Tour description:
Yorkship Village *
Tour

"Turn your clock back to 1917 and see worker housing at its best at Yorkship Village in Camden. See how the Garden Suburb forms laid out by Electus Litchfield provide parks and grand boulevards, a lively mixed-use central square, and a graceful interconnecting street pattern. In a city with extreme levels of poverty and unemployment, Yorkship Village endures as a humane place to live."

Photo's of Fairview, Taken June 23, 2006
http://www.kodakgallery.com/camdenpics

Important Fairview / Yorkship Demographic Information
http://www.camconnect.org/fact/fairview01.html

Fairview Neighborhood Plan
http://www.camden.rutgers.edu/community/fairview_plan/

www.fairviewmainstreet.org

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