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December 22, 2003
Talk about neighborhood transformation! Imagine a once-scuffling area - saddled with blighted properties, a landfill and a prison - suddenly blooming with 5,000 new housing units, many of them $250,000 homes with yards, garages, and river views. Then, to really boggle your mind, imagine this: Place that scenario not in Philadelphia, home of the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, but its poor relation across the Delaware River, Camden. And here is the most stunning thing: It could happen.
NEWS
May 5, 2011 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five years after Camden City officials gave up the fight on a $1.2 billion redevelopment plan that would have displaced 1,100 families in Cramer Hill, a less intense reincarnation was passed by City Council Wednesday evening. The new plan, approved unanimously, is expected to cost $742 million and take 25 years to implement. Supporters say the project will aggressively attack vacant and abandoned properties that have been an eyesore in the East Camden waterfront neighborhood for years.
NEWS
March 30, 2012 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 40-year-old Camden man was killed with a hatchet in his Cramer Hill home early Thursday, authorities said. Police responding to a 911 call from Josue Rivera's wife found him dead in their residence on the 2700 block of Tyler Avenue about 4 a.m., said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Rivera's stepson, who lives with the couple, was home at the time of the killing, according to Luis Rivera, the victim's brother-in-law. Standing outside the home, where he also lives, Luis Rivera said family members were trying to find the stepson.
NEWS
February 3, 2005 | By Frank Kummer and Elisa Ung INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The office of Camden's chief operating officer, Melvin R. "Randy" Primas Jr., guided millions of dollars in affordable-housing work for the future Cramer Hill redevelopment project to a firm run by Primas' former business partner, state and city records show. The firm, Marlton-based Michaels Development Inc., and Primas teamed in the mid-1990s to form Independence-Michaels/Primas Corp. State records listed Primas as general partner as recently as February 2002. Primas, who was appointed head of Camden's recovery effort in August 2002, said he has not had a business relationship with Michaels for years.
NEWS
September 14, 2005 | By Elisa Ung INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Since Gov. Tom Kean gifted Camden with a waterfront aquarium two decades ago, reversing the city's decline has figured prominently in the agendas of New Jersey's governors. The two men campaigning for the job both say that won't change. But ask their views on challenges facing the state's poorest city, and their responses often resemble those of activists waving signs against eminent domain more than those of the city's leaders. The front-runner, Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon S. Corzine, says Camden leaders have been far too forceful in pushing redevelopment plans that include involuntary relocation of residents, such as a $1 billion plan to remake the Cramer Hill neighborhood.
NEWS
June 24, 2005 | By Adam Fifield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police searching for three missing Camden boys scoured the city's Cramer Hill section yesterday, using helicopters, boats and dogs. "These folks are searching every little nook and cranny of that part of the city," Camden Police Lt. Mike Lynch said. But as night fell, there was no sign of Anibal "Juni" Cruz, 11; Daniel "Danny" Agosto, 6; and Jesstin "Manny" Pagan, 5. The disappearance of the friends late Wednesday afternoon kept their quiet community on edge. In an emotional atmosphere yesterday, residents clustered on stoops and street corners to get the latest news and console one another.
NEWS
October 7, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the doctors-to-be from Camden wore their white coats outside this month for the first time, a young man pulled his car over and shouted a question: Why are you guys wearing those doctors' costumes? Samantha and Susana Collazo recognized a former classmate from Brimm Medical Arts High School in the Whitman Park section of the city. "Oh, we're medical students," replied the Collazos, twins from Cramer Hill who this fall became the first Camden residents to attend Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.
NEWS
May 13, 2011 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
After enduring more than a decade of failed efforts to tear down or repair 2833 Concord Ave., neighbors were thrilled to see Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd put a legal notice on the house in Cramer Hill house labeling it abandoned. Thursday's ceremonial posting was the first step in what's expected to be a six-month process to turn the deteriorated, light-blue house over to the Cramer Hill Community Development Corp. for rehabilitation. The community group will then sell the house at market value to one of the hundreds of people on the neighborhood's waiting list for housing.
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 27th Street and Arthur Avenue in East Camden, where Anibal Perez died in a hail of bullets on the way home from picking up a bottle of Remy Martin VSOP - his favorite - friends and siblings passed around a fresh bottle of the cognac Wednesday, sipping in his memory. "He had stopped at the stop sign when it all happened," his sister Sesily Aponte, 25, said, pointing to the sign in Cramer Hill. An empty Remy box and balloons were taped to the stop sign; a white sheet had been draped across a fence with handwritten condolences, including one by his mother.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At 27th Street and Arthur Avenue in East Camden, where Anibal Perez died in a hail of bullets on the way home from picking up a bottle of Remy Martin VSOP - his favorite - friends and siblings passed around a fresh bottle of the cognac Wednesday, sipping in his memory. "He had stopped at the stop sign when it all happened," his sister Sesily Aponte, 25, said, pointing to the sign in Cramer Hill. An empty Remy box and balloons were taped to the stop sign; a white sheet had been draped across a fence with handwritten condolences, including one by his mother, who said he "will live forever in my eyes.
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NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Camden leaders tout a budding renaissance in the city, one Rutgers-Camden project will be keeping an objective eye by tracking neighborhood changes in the Cramer Hill section. The Camden Neighborhood Change Study, nearing completion of its initial data-collection phase, will create a database of every property in Cramer Hill, along with a variety of indicators of condition: broken windows, graffiti, vacancy status. Once complete, an online map will allow anyone to explore the baseline information.
NEWS
January 26, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lynne Rogers met the Rev. Carl A. Browne Jr. in the late 1990s, when he was director of Christian education at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Oaklyn. "He was gifted at relating to the youth in the church," Rogers said. "And when I became principal at the Urban Promise Academy in Camden," in August 2000, she said, "he came once a month to do a chapel service and the kids just loved him. " And so, "in the summer of 2008, he enthusiastically joined Pastor Carol Book and me in our quest to begin a high school.
NEWS
October 7, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the doctors-to-be from Camden wore their white coats outside this month for the first time, a young man pulled his car over and shouted a question: Why are you guys wearing those doctors' costumes? Samantha and Susana Collazo recognized a former classmate from Brimm Medical Arts High School in the Whitman Park section of the city. "Oh, we're medical students," replied the Collazos, twins from Cramer Hill who this fall became the first Camden residents to attend Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Light shimmers through the trees and scatters on the surface of the Delaware River's back channel. About 45 of us have crossed a two-lane bridge from the mainland, cleared security, and parked on Petty's Island. "Welcome to Acquikanasara," tour guide Bob Shinn says, launching the vivid volley of vowels in the Lenape name for this place. There's anticipation, as well as the unmistakable aroma of autumn, in the air; the private island we stand upon has pretty much been closed to the public for 100 years.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writernarkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
ON THE outside, Fernando Ramos' house behind a chain-link fence in the Cramer Hill section of Camden still seemed immaculate despite the fire, the paint still a vivid yellow against the charring around the newly boarded windows. The 71-year-old retiree took pride in the two-story home, a neighbor on 31st Street said, in each blade of grass that sprouted in a small square beyond the patio in a backyard devoid of furniture, plants or anything else. "You can tell a lot about a man by the way he takes care of his lawn," Qadir Syms, 29, said Tuesday from his front porch next door.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
In North Camden, five men made their way down State Street on Wednesday morning, taking the city's problem of abandoned properties into their own hands, one building at a time. Broken windows and doors were replaced with sturdy boards decorated with painted foliage. Red flowers were planted along the sidewalk. Those in the group, all but one of whom live within a few blocks of where they were working, had jobs to keep them occupied and help pay the bills. "I feel like I'm cleaning up the city, giving it a better name," said Jose Porrata Jr., who lives around the corner.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Ramon Gonzalez's first customer asked him to build a wrought-iron facade enclosure - folks in Camden call them "belly porches" - at her house on 20th Street. It was 1993, and he had just become an independent contractor. "I didn't have a shop. I didn't even have a truck. I was driving a 1973 Thunderbird with my ladder on the roof, Puerto Rican style," Gonzalez recalls. I didn't know what I was doing. " He does now. Gonzalez, 48, and his wife, Maribel, 42, own R&M Ornamental Iron Designs, a Cramer Hill shop that custom-fabricates security gates, doors, window guards, handrails, and fences.
NEWS
December 21, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
N. Harry Gartzman, 94, of Philadelphia, a family physician who spent 23 years as chief physician for Camden schools, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Kennedy University Hospital-Cherry Hill. Music provided the theme to his life, with him asking for piano lessons at age 8 and playing at a saloon in Camden by 14. Graduating from Camden High School as valedictorian in 1937, Dr. Gartzman played parties to pay his tuition at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received his bachelor's degree in 1941.
NEWS
June 4, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three years. $26 million. Seven neighborhoods. Since 2010, various Camden agencies and groups have been working to improve conditions in those targeted neighborhoods with a large chunk of federal money designated for communities affected by foreclosed and abandoned properties. A major component of the Camden plan was to stabilize neighborhoods through home ownership. "All homes built and sold by February 2013," Mayor Dana L. Redd declared during her 2011 "Renewing Our Neighborhoods" forum.
NEWS
April 4, 2013 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two Camden men were killed in unrelated shootings Tuesday night, authorities said Wednesday. Quenzell Morris, 31, was shot several times in an apparent robbery shortly after 8 p.m. at the intersection of North 26th and Cramer Streets in the Cramer Hill section, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and city police said. An 18-year Camden resident who was with Morris was pistol-whipped. He fled but returned to find Morris shot and helped transport Morris to Cooper University Medical Center.
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