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Camden the ‘Invincible’: From Disaster to Recovery

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Camden, New Jersey, once recognized by Walt Whitman as America’s ‘invincible’ city, has more recently been noted as the archetype of American failure. From the fall of Fort Nassau to ABSCAM to the exodus of industry, Camden’s stagnation and economic shortcomings plagued its streets. But today, Whitman’s poem, I Dreamd’d a Dream, represents a deeper sentiment that ferries the city towards recovery. Over the last decade, Camden has been undergoing a period of revitalization. Support from government entities has enabled the city to cultivate a comprehensive redevelopment strategy. With nearly 100,000 citizens, 9 municipal departments and an abundance of local organizations, … Continue reading