Until it was cleared out in summer 2016, one side of this stretch of Broadway leading up to Martin Luther King Boulevard contained shops selling shoes and clothes, along with a nail salon. Health and education buildings towered over them.
Now, construction is slated to begin on a $70 million extension of the "eds and meds" in Camden; the Joint Health Sciences Center, to be shared by Rutgers-Camden, Rowan University and Camden County College.
The leaders of these educational institutions, Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, as well as several Camden city and county officials, gathered at the construction site along Broadway on Thursday to talk about the building and the city. Camden is counting on educational and medical institutions to create jobs for residents and to make the city a more desirable place to live. Already, 33 percent of the jobs in Camden are in health or education, according to a report provided by the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors.