Russell Farmer’s barbershop sits on a rundown block in the Lanning Square neighborhood of Camden. On the outside, the facade is bleak — bars on the windows, graffiti on the walls, a police car idling nearby, waiting, ready to chase.
But step inside, and the atmosphere is transformed. The noise of the city fades as the sweet swell of classical music fills the air.
"I regard it as an oasis in an otherwise destitute and arid community," said Farmer.
New Jersey’s most dangerous city recently tied its record for the most murders in one year when it recorded its 58th homicide on Nov. 2.
Home videos about Camden, N.J., now being posted online show a very different kind of city. Instead of depicting poverty and violence, they show idyllic scenes in Yorkship Village, part of the Fairview neighborhood from the 1950s and ’60s.
Michael Ruiz fondly remembers his childhood there and is posting the home videos his dad shot to give former residents and others a chance to see his old neighborhood.
I do DNA paternity testing. I do financial consulting, business consulting, taxes, and I also do property management. When people come in the coffee house, as a good salesperson, you always up-sell. I’ll be like, ‘Come on in, we do notary services, copying, faxing.’ I let them know!
It's a big Internet out there, but some things tend to stand out. Here are some favorites from the folks at NewsWorks, the public media news source for Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware. Curated by Eric Walter.