The Double Bind of Redevelopment: Camden During Receivership
43 Pages Posted: 14 May 2009
Date Written: April 27, 2009
This working paper finds that successful redevelopment efforts in Camden, New Jersey, under state receivership were able to build on groups’ existing capacities and their past work in neighborhoods, were marked by more effective participatory dynamics and the limited use of eminent domain, and benefited from good relationships with the State of New Jersey and with private-sector partners. It concludes that attempts to build public capacity to revitalize cities may need to be complemented by efforts to build civic capacity, or the ability to solve problems in coordination with major partners.
Keywords: community development, urban revitalization, eminent domain, receivership
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