It wafts and weaves through the struggling industrial city, disproportionately affecting its public school students.

Editor’s note: This month, CityLab’s visual storyteller Ariel Aberg-Riger looks at America’s deteriorating public schools through the lens of Camden, New Jersey’s economic decline and environmental degradation.

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