BY TARA NURIN
Photos by Frank Veronsky
IT’S BEEN ALMOST a decade since I moved to the most destitute city in America. Mercifully, the stunned
expressions, uncomfortable questions
and snarky gun jokes that for so long followed my response to the simple question,
“Where do you live?” are starting to wane.
It’s not that I don’t expect people to re-
act with surprise to a suburban-bred sin-
gle white female who has parked her Saab
convertible, master’s degree and TV-news
pedigree on a residential street in a city
where Caucasians make up less than 18
percent of the population. But eight years
after moving to Camden and nearly six
years after buying a house here, I no longer feel compelled to dig in my heels, as if
challenged, when people ask why on earth
I would do such a thing. I think they’re
starting to get it.
Retail manager Remme
lives alone in Cooper-Grant but makes friends
by volunteering to mow
his neighbors’ yards.