Looking Out for the Community

Riordan, Kevin
March 2005
Planning;Mar2005, Vol. 71 Issue 3, p17
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the efforts of Thomas Knoche, a social worker in Camden, New Jersey whose work on behalf of the poorest people and neighborhoods in one of America's most poverty-stricken cities have won Knoche the 2005 National Social Advocacy Award from American Planning Association. In 1981, Knoche worked with activists from Concerned Citizens of North Camden to begin moving residents into abandoned city-owned houses. Ultimately, 100 once-derelict structures were brought back to life. Lately, Koch is concerned with the pressures that gentrification and economic redevelopment bring.


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