President Obama will offer details today about the "Promise Zones" he announced in his State of the Union address Tuesday, the New York Times reports.
The president's address promised that his administration "will begin to partner with 20 of the hardest-hit towns in America to get these communities back on their feet." And while he has not yet revealed the list, Camden, NJ surely qualifies under any definition of "hardest hit."
Let's start with two: The city is the poorest, and among the most dangerous, in the United States. And as my colleague Claudia Vargas wrote in last Sunday's Inquirer, residents, grassroots organizations and faith communities are continuing their battle to make the city better, despite the odds.
The fact that the city's Center for Family Services received a $500,000 "Promise Neighborhood Planning Grant" from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in December suggests that Camden is on Washington, D.C.'s radar.