Rutgers-Camden forum: The challenge for Camden, the challenge for America

Rutgers-Camden professors are hosting a forum to discuss poverty in America and in particular Camden.

The challenge for Camden, the challenge for America forum, which requires pre-registration, will be held today between 1 and 5 p.m. I will be live tweeting from it, so follow me @InqCVargas.

As I wrote earlier this year, Camden seems to be in worse shape now than ever before. In 2012, Camden was named poorest city in the country as well as the city with the highest crime rate in the country, a title formerly known as the "most dangerous city" in the CQ Press analysis and rankings.

Here is the schedule of events for today's forum: The forum will include sociologists from other universities and the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C.

Part of the description of the discussions to take place: " Camden is an exemplar of the ills that plague many American cities from Baltimore to Los Angeles and from Chicago to San Antonio.  Given the advanced state of disinvestment and urban blight in Camden, it provides an object lesson in the cost to the larger society of ignoring the plight of the inner city."