Monday, November 23, 2009

Camden Dreams

It is a big shame that much of the obviously failed Camden redevelopment plans thus far seem to have involved building things on the waterfront to attract visitors and surrounding those things (baseball park, aquarium, concert venue) with acres of parking lot. Too many people see cities as urban theme parks trying to attract visitors, and while people may be willing to drive to park to whatever they're calling the Tweeter Center these days, they're going to leave right after that. One day perhaps people who run cities will remember that they're places that people can actually live, instead of potential sites for tourist attractions.

They could've made the waterfront a very attractive place to live with nice view. Instead it's a series of parking lots. It has good transit to Philadelphia, Trenton, and Atlantic City.