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Yellow Fever Couldn’t Keep Philadelphia Down

Imagine. It is a deadly summer in Philadelphia. Mosquitoes are biting everything. Neighbors are coughing up black vomit. They are dying in the streets. They […]

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Monopoly: Great Board Game, Lousy Politics

In this most Democratic of cities, people love the idea of a competitive political landscape while shunning it in reality. While there was a lot […]

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Philadelphia’s Machine Politics Suffers a Blow

Yesterday was historic in the scheme of Philadelphia political history. Of course, there is the obligatory nod to the apathy that a long forecasted low […]

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Could We Have Marked Osama Bin Laden’s Death Differently?

The raw emotion of September 11, 2001 overpowered most of us. We watched the second plane drive into the Twin Towers, the smoke unfurling heavenward, […]

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How a Half-Million-Dollar Statue Can Point Us to the Future

This town has developed a bad habit of blotting our collective memory. Philadelphia’s an aging railroad and industrial city struggling to evolve into the place […]

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Rebuilding Philadelphia, One Bridge at A Time

It’s like the child who cried “wolf.” We’ve heard about it for so long that we’ve become immune. The “it” I reference is infrastructure—bridges, transit […]

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The Cost of Losing the Philadelphia Orchestra

Tonight’s a Philadelphia Orchestra night. I sit in the front row. Over the past 10 years, I’ve become acquainted with many violinists and cellists. Truthfully, […]

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Sam Katz: My So-Called Digital Life

Okay. I admit it. I have become a Facebook freak. My son confirmed it to me last night with a high five. It started harmlessly […]

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10 Ways Philly Can Get a World-Class Rep

World Class. The words just roll off your tongue. Beautiful words. Aspirational. Inspirational. Probably perspirational. When I hear about Philadelphia’s potential, I’ve always thought, world […]

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Springtime in Philadelphia … Or Is That Paris?

You may be wondering, when did Philadelphia transform itself into Paris? The Flower Show this year had a “Springtime in Paris” theme, and like the […]

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The Inky Isn’t the Convention Center’s Problem

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” — William Shakespeare, Hamlet On March 5th, the Inquirer’s Paul Davies published what struck me as a mild […]

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End of the Fumo Era for City Council

Frank DiCicco’s announcement this week that he won’t seek reelection to his long-held City Council seat marks the end of a generation of Philadelphia politicians—the […]

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Feeding at the Trough of Philly’s Poorest

Recent disclosures of the huge dollars spent by the Philadelphia Housing Authority on the services of some of Philadelphia’s top-drawer law firms have been eye-popping. […]

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Another Fiscal Disaster for Philly

In 1991, Philadelphia enjoyed the lowest bond rating ever recorded by a major municipality in America. It had a structural deficit in excess of $270 […]

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Center City’s Future: One Foot on the Banana Peel

For most of Philadelphia’s post-industrial existence, Center City has been the center of business life. Over the past decade, as job losses mounted, developers found […]