ellebee wrote:Hi, here is a Picasa link to my pictures. I didn't want to img them into this post cuz there are a few. I stopped taking pictures towards the end of Dean's Day because I just got tired (we flew from CA) so no pictures of the build-a-bear or the lunch.
If i get the descriptions wrong, please feel free to comment on those pictures.
Questions about living at the Victor: I'm a female, so do you think the security will escort me back to the apts?
i like the "1/2 a mile away picture"
I would like to throw something in here. Camden has some pretty crappy parts, but there is a very heavy police presence. If you are not out doing things you shouldn't, you are not going to have a problem. Use common sense. I don't know any law students who are not mature enough to already know these things, but If a bum asks you for a ride, say no.
The area you took pictures of is actually an area where there are warehouses. The docs used to be very active in Camden, but not anymore. That area is actually being redeveloped and turned into a nursing school for RU-Camden.
Here is the deal with Camden. Outside of the Waterfront there is a lot of poverty in Camden. There are a lot of poor people in the community. That does not make them bad people. With the Waterfront redevelopment, the new hospital (Cooper Memorial), etc. there are more jobs, so Camden has slowly started to turn around. Just because people are poor, that does not make them dangerous. Sure, there are some dangerous parts of Camden, but law students really have no business going to those areas.
I have not heard of a single law student getting robbed, attacked, beaten up, raped, etc. since I came to law school. I have not heard one story of that happening before I came here. I am not saying it has never happened, I am not saying that it couldn't happen, but if you use common sense you will be fine. Camden is not even depressing, because you will be living on the Waterfront. The view is absolutely gorgeous. The campus is beautiful, the Waterfront is beautiful, there is a marina, the Camden Riversharks baseball stadium is extremely nice.
There is an amphitheater in Camden. It seats like 20,000 people. People from all over come to Camden to see various bands play. Since I have been here they have had every kind of act there from Jimmy Buffett to Lil Wayne to Phish. No one gets hassled when they come to shows. The amphitheater is there because it is safe. The marina is a really cool area to walk around, take a run to or go for a picnic lunch. It sounds kind of cheesy, but I have gone on picnic lunches there and the view is beautiful. The aquarium is absolutely awesome, and everyone should check that out while they are in law school. Another really cool attraction is the Battleship New Jersey. It is really fun to check out.
There are tons of family things to do in Camden. The amphitheater, the aquarium, the Riversharks, the marina, etc. These attractions get tourists in Camden from Philly, Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, etc. Cooper Memorial Hospital is a state of the art, regional hospital. Not to mention the undergrad has 6,000 students, there is a decent business school there (which is another option for people MBA/JD, as well as the other dual programs MBA/MPA, etc.). These attractions would not survive unless the Waterfront area was safe. Families come to Camden to visit these attractions all of the time and never have a problem. There are a lot of lawyers offices, etc. in Camden because of the federal and county courthouse. Not to mention, Kraft's headquarters is in Camden. Camden really is not that bad. Stay out of North Camden, stay out of the bad neighborhoods and you will be fine. The Waterfront is an area all by itself. It is no different than living in Collingswood, etc. There are some bad parts in Camden, but those areas are isolated and law students have no business going to them.