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Troubled Camden tries to bring in new residents

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Susquehanna Bank headquarters, Adventure Aquarium, Susquehanna Bank Centers ampitheater dome and the USS New Jersey Battleship Museum can be seen along the Delaware River Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, in Camden, N.J. The majestic Ben Franklin Bridge slices Camdens waterfront into two worlds. On the south side of the bridge, theres the aquarium, the battleship and Campbells Field, the minor-league baseball stadium, where families go for a good time; on the north side, chain link fences topped by razor wire surround a cluster of grimly functional buildings, Riverfront State Prison, where convicts go to serve time.

The Susquehanna Bank headquarters, Adventure Aquarium, Susquehanna Bank Center's ampitheater dome and the USS New Jersey Battleship Museum can be seen along the Delaware River Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, in Camden, N.J. The majestic Ben Franklin Bridge slices Camden's waterfront into two worlds. On the south side of the bridge, there's the aquarium, the battleship and Campbell's Field, the minor-league baseball stadium, where families go for a good time; on the north side, chain link fences topped by razor wire surround a cluster of grimly functional buildings, Riverfront State Prison, where convicts go to serve time. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

New Jersey's most impoverished city is trying a new tack at revitalization.

Camden is working with some of its biggest employers to try to get their workers to move to the city.

Three hospitals and Rowan University are offering employees up to $15,000 to move to neighborhoods near their facilities. Banks say they also will offer special mortgage incentives for the participants.

Similar efforts have been keys to redevelopment efforts in places like New Haven, Conn., and nearby Philadelphia.

The push for middle-class residents comes at a time when property prices in Camden are low, but crime has been up.

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