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Inga Saffron is the Architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Over the years, New Jersey officials have come up with one scheme after another to revive Camden, the state's poorest city. First, there was the entertainment zone along the Delaware waterfront. Now, there is the Gateway District off Admiral Wilson Boulevard, near Campbell Soup. All have involved oodles of tax breaks, acres of surface parking, and relatively few jobs for the long-suffering residents of Camden.
As you rumble along the cobblestone avenue into the historic heart of Germantown, the street suddenly opens up to reveal a charming town common that looks more New England than Philadelphia.