Located just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Camden, New Jersey—once the second-poorest and most dangerous city in America—is the focus of an ambitious rebuilding experiment: extensive new public incentives have been created to attract massive private investment. Preliminary results are impressive: so far the effort has generated $2 billion of development in this city of only 77,000 residents.
Participants on this full-day bus and walking tour will learn about how these initiatives are spurring private investment, as well as past, present, and future developments. Among those developments are the iconic RCA Victor Lofts (the first market-rate housing in the city in more than 40 years); a planned $700 million, 1.7 million-square-foot waterfront mixed-use development covering six city blocks, designed by Robert A.M. Stern for Liberty Property Trust; the campus home of Campbell Soup and the new U.S. headquarters for Subaru; and the new headquarters and practice facility for the Philadelphia 76ers NBA team. Camden’s police chief will discuss the drastic and innovative steps that have increased the safety of residents and also inspired a recent visit by President Obama.
Tour participants will hear about the latest medical and educational advances and hear from a new class of innovators emerging at strong anchor institutions, including Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, the new MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, and Rutgers University, with a combined economic impact exceeding $2 billion. Partake of some of Camden’s rich gastronomic and art culture during lunch at the historic Ruby Match Factory, which is currently being transformed into office lofts.
For more information on the tour of Camden and to register please visit http://on.uli.org/22sugkq