Volume 3, 2006, Issue 3

  • Taylor Ruilova

    The crisp morning is filled with energy as the city shakes off its mantle of slumber and a new day begins. Wide tree-lined thoroughfares bustle with activity. Shopkeepers unlock their front doors, ready to start a fresh day of business. Doormen pass along cheery morning greetings as tenants file out of luxury apartment buildings and walk to work. Students lug stacks of books along sidewalks on their way to one of many clustered schools and universities. Shoppers gently cruise into the city aboard gondolas suspended above the river for a day of shopping. Landscapers manicure dewy greens perfecting a golf course for the day’s first players. Every single one of these activities and more could be taking place in Camden, New Jersey. The now blighted and scarred city is slated for a renaissance – a return to its former glory and a push beyond. All in CAMDEN 2015. View More

     

  • Samantha L. Skabla

    There are many concerns with the quality of education students receive in our nation’s urban schools. Charter schools are among the recent trends in educational reform attempting to improve the quality of education available to students. Charter schools offer the hope of transforming the American education system by creating a new institutional regime and serving as a laboratory for innovative ideas. One goal is to provide parents with an additional school choice for their children, increasing the level of education the child receives as well as the level of parental involvement. There is strong debate on the effects charter schools have on student achievement and a belief that they harm the education received in traditional public schools. View More

     

  • Keith Woodeshick

    In recent years, several states have enacted anti-smoking legislation. Indeed, more and more states and cities are considering enacting similar legislation. Bars, restaurants and other public forums are the targets of these statutes. Many bar and restaurant owners complain that these statutes hurt their business and that the government has no right to tell them how to run their businesses. However, these statutes persist and are gaining in popularity. New Jersey is currently considering anti-smoking legislation, though it has not yet brought a specific bill to the floor for a vote. View More

     

  • Adrienne Zitka

    With the recent expiration of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (“TEA-21”), Congress has the remarkable opportunity to set the stage for a more efficient, environmentally responsible, and energy independent transportation policy for America’s future. With looming national security concerns currently confronting the nation, the expiration of TEA-21 at this time should serendipitously bring transportation policy to the forefront of Congress’ perception as a viable avenue for alleviating our strong dependence on foreign oil. In order to achieve this goal, Congress must intelligently construct a transportation policy that promotes and invests in public transportation. In addition to reducing energy consumption, a focus on public transportation will also transform the way in which we design our urban communities and unleash a multitude of environmental, public health, and economic benefits. View More

     

  • Gregg Aronson

    Liberal, social, and radical feminism are among the most predominant feminist doctrines on the issue of prostitution. The core tenets of these schools of thought are vastly different. Each focuses on what they believe to be the root causes of prostitution and each seeks to improve the quality of life for these women in different ways. Some lobby for legal reform while others believe the remedy lies principally in social change. Each finds that the goals and solutions sought by the others so fundamentally conflict with their own that they have vowed not to cooperate. View More

     

  • Peter Asselin

    Cities take great pride in their professional sports franchises. On any given day, the office water cooler is likely to be surrounded by fans reveling in the home team’s latest victory or lamenting its last defeat. Living in a major league city often produces an increased sense of community and civic pride amongst its citizens. As cities have begun to recognize the popularity and importance of sports to its citizens, the view of what constitutes projects for a “public purpose” worthy of public funding has expanded. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, local governments spent approximately $850 million to construct new sports facilities and renovate existing ones. The sports stadium construction boom has multiplied recently as the total cost of twenty-nine sports facilities opened between 1999 and 2003 is expected to be close to $9 billion. Of this $9 billion, taxpayers financed approximately $5.7 billion, or 64 percent. View More

     

  • Mike Burg

    In 2002, the State of New Jersey took control of the operation of the City of Camden. That process included a takeover of management of the city’s school district. While state disestablishment of underperforming school districts is not a new idea, New Jersey’s all-encompassing approach marks a radical change in the way such an action is undertaken. This Note will explore the circumstances that spurred the state to take control of Camden’s government and school district and the method by which the takeover was accomplished. It will compare New Jersey’s school takeover legislation with that of other states, and will discuss the ramifications and justification of such a radical approach. View More