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Rhame Arena

Posted: July 24, 2014 9:01 a.m.
Updated: July 25, 2014 5:00 a.m.

We’re glad to see that the city of Camden is exploring alternatives for aging Rhame Arena. The building is becoming more dilapidated with each passing year, and something needs to be done, whether it’s razing it or restoring it. Of course, money is a factor, just as it is in all government decisions these days. We will say that city officials have overworked the bureaucratic jargon in their appraisal of the situation, saying an “adaptive reuse” could be a possible alternative. We are assuming “adaptive reuse” means repairing the building and making it feasible for some type of use, though that term is so nebulous as to be puzzling.

The report goes on to say that Rhame Arena could be reconfigured into a “dual open air/closed arena configuration.”  We’re not really sure what that means, either. It’s great that the city is ready to address the problem at Rhame, but it would be better if municipal staff members would word their descriptions in understandable terms.

Meanwhile, still on the city front, former Mayor Jeffrey Graham has announced his intention to run for city council. Graham was defeated by present Mayor Tony Scully two years ago, with the central issue being a proposed YMCA which the city government at that time wanted to create. Some saw Graham as being inflexible on that issue and others. Scully, meanwhile, has been a calm yet capable voice as mayor. While this won’t be a direct face-off between the two, it will be a re-run of sorts to see if Graham can rehabilitate his political career. Stay tuned.


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