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Saturday, September 5, 1998

Residents first

Lately, we've been hearing about bringing the battleship USS New Jersey to the Camden Waterfront. Of course, in some ways, it will create jobs and attract tourism to the Waterfront. But is that what the people of Camden want? When I say people, I mean people who live in that area - not the people who don't live in Camden but work their jobs, 9 to 5. You see them coming and going out of Camden so fast, like they're scared or paranoid.

Being a resident of Camden for many years, I have ambivalent feelings about the whole deal. Take, for example, the New Jersey State Aquarium. It created jobs somewhat, which is good. Look at the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre. Same there.

One thing I know for a fact is these two things have more protection than the residents of Camden. It's not right and not fair.

Another example is the traffic pattern. We have to go out of our way to give the concert-goer the right of way, which is wrong. We should go first and we shouldn't have to go out of our way.

There are times when we can't get the street cleaner to come and clean the street, but look around the Aquarium and the E-Centre and see how clean they are kept by the city.

Why should we allow this battleship in Camden? To treat the tourists better than the residents of Camden? I say let's work together to bring Camden up first, and then work on attracting businesses, hotels and movie theaters. Let's compete with Philly.

PEDRO RODRIGUEZ
Camden

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