Once upon a time Camden was a hotspot of innovation and manufacturing whose citizens and leaders envisioned future suburbs that would lie outside of a bustling waterfront city across the river from Philadelphia.
for example: the Victor Talking Machine grammaphone was created and mass produced here, the drive-in movie was created by a man residing in Camden who tested it out on his neighbors, RCA began in Camden, the city was well known for building HUGE Naval ships, helped to process huge amounts of lumber in order to build Philadelphia, Walt Whitman lived and is buried in Camden, Campbell’s soup was created and still has administrative offices in Camden (for now)….
Camden is the city that never quite BOOMED, that sits outside the city of Philadelphia, which just so happens to be a relatively poor big city (in comparison). If you’re familiar with NYC at all, you’ll know the cities that lie a few miles outside of the city limits (i.e.: Hoboken, NJ) have tremendously grown in size and prosperity—-as do most smaller towns that are located near a large BOOMING city.
A question that stuck to me from today was, “What do we need from Camden? What do we have in Camden that other people will want to come see?”
And honestly, that’s what will determine the future of this city—-we need to give it a purpose and we need to create an infrastructure so resources become accessible.
Healthcare is a basic human right and the innermost part of me cringes when I see people who struggle (and sometimes die) from preventable diseases whose cure has been accessible by the upper echelon of the world for a century.
I don’t even give it a second thought I get the ‘common cold’ in the winter…and I honestly take that for granted.