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Tyler Hicks The New York Times
"Camden, NJ"

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Camden, New Jersey is among the nation's poorest and most dangerous cities. The state passed legislation sending $175 million to the city as part of a landmark revitalization package. The recovery bill promised to lure investment to the city, along with middle-class residents who might crack the clusters of poverty. To lower the soaring unemployment rate, job training programs were planned, and tax incentives to encourage police officers to join Camden‚s beleaguered force. The plan promised to be a model for healing other post-industrial cities stuck in stubborn, familiar cycles of poverty and despair. But four years later, Camden's future again looks miserable as a series of new crisis take hold of the city.


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