Thursday, June 27, 2019

CHAMBER OF COMPLEXES

#ThursdayThought is crime in Lindenwold.
Notoriously nick-named Little Camden, there is little dispute that one of Lindenwold's biggest challenges is its high crime rate. What may not be so clear is how to lower it. One thing is certain, high crime is not only a police issue, it is actually a community issue.
Statistics show that most of our crime occurs within our apartment communities. That being said, there are 23 property managers who are responsible for filtering more than 8,000 of Lindenwold's residents. What role do they play in helping control crime? How responsible are these managers for the 'quality of life' they provide within each of our apartment communities? How does that 'quality of life' affect the owners' investment viability?
We feel our unique infrastructure and density call for an equally unique approach. We will soon be publishing our plan for a first-of-its kind Chamber of Complexes.
Similar to a Chamber of Commerce, this Chamber would be made up of all of the Apartment Complex property managers and its mission would be to collaborate on recruiting the best of the tenant pool, create the best quality of life within each community and work to ensure that "bad" tenants don't move from one complex to another.
In the meantime, here's another take on how to help reduce crime in Lindenwold, written nearly 3 years ago by a long-time Lindenwold property owner. Courier-Post Letter to the Editor: https://bit.ly/2YdEriu.
As an ironic sidenote: we would be remiss in not acknowledging that Camden is currently experiencing its lowest crime rate in more than 50 years. It goes without saying that the model of success Camden County police have created on the other side of the County could be extracted and applied to our community. Stay tuned for more on crime in Lindenwold.








Wednesday, June 12, 2019

PEOPLE, POWER & PLACE

#WednesdayWisdom: Please play a part in this important community improvement endeavor and invite your friends, family and neighbors to do so as well.

Do you know how the people of Camden got new parks, recreation centers, community gardens and more? They did so by first mapping out their current assets to see where their community was abundant and where it was lacking. During a recent workshop, Hope Works and Rosy Arroyo of the Community Planning & Advocacy Council, brought the same technology to Lindenwold.




Please click here to answer a brief survey about Lindenwold. Enter all of the assets you believe our community already has. Be sure to include obvious resources like parks and libraries but also assets like neighborhood mentors, artists willing to share their talents, walking paths, fishing holes, food banks and others. #AssetMapping #CommunityVoice #LoveLindenwold

PS: We are working to get the survey made available in Spanish