Wednesday, November 23, 2005

For the second year in a row, Camden, New Jersey, has been named the nation's most dangerous city based on crime statistics. Camden wrested the top spot from Detroit last year. Detroit remained No. 2 this year. The ranking is done by Morgan Quitno Press in "City Crime Rankings," an annual reference book. Camden also has consistency on its side. It has been in the top 10 for all eight years of rankings.

New Jersey has invested $175 million into the city for development projects. It has taken over parts of Camden's government. This might be a warning for the Federal Government in its compulsion to rebuild Atlantis. I mean New Orleans.

Camden says it has reduced the most serious crimes by 18 percent in the first 10 months of 2005. One resident verifies improvement by saying "I haven't heard that many gunshots". I’m not sure how many is “that many”. Last year, the city averaged a murder a week for its 80,000 residents.

Camden could raise money with a new lottery. You could guess who the next murder victim would be. Since they have one a week, it would be a real money maker.
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