Camden: An Equity Agenda
Wilmington Equity Plan: One City
Camden and Wilmington Equity
“In today's political climate, the inevitable reductions to federal funding in already struggling cities will require innovative approaches to creating plans that actively seek to promote equity and justice for the minorities who are typically overlooked in city plans. This installment of the annual workshop departs from the usual practice of creating general-purpose community plans, to instead asses the usefulness of city planning and plans as vehicles for promoting greater equity in small and shrinking cities. Through a series of site visits and consultation with local officials and community organizations, students produced city-wide and neighborhood specific actions plans.”
"Just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia lies a city of some 76,000 people, yet few Penn students have ever set foot there—let alone heard the rich stories of its residents. Camden, New Jersey is a city working hard to revive its industrial heritage while undergoing major demographic shifts and struggling against regional and racial inequity. Over the course of a semester, our team of six graduate students walked Camden’s streets, paid visits to its planning consultants, community housing developers, urban gardeners, school administrators, and academics, and sifted through stacks of reports, budgets, and studies. We found that while Camden’s problems as an impoverished and high-crime city are well-documented, the barriers to addressing these problems are shrouded in mystery and political contention. Meanwhile great resources Camden has in human and social capital are often ignored. Our Equity Agenda hopes to nurture the former and build on the latter to remake Camden as a place where all individuals are given the opportunity to fulfill their individual and collective potential."
—Camden Equity Agenda by Alexandra San Roman, Claudia Elzey, Eric Vincent Riley, Gabriella Nelson, Michael Schaier, Sean Scott