The next mayor's race is still two years away, but the field is shaping up to be a depressing array of hacks and usual suspects. Maybe it's time to call Philadelphia's civic leadership exactly what it is: Cowardly and pathetic.
Affairs! Meltdowns! TV anchors behaving badly! For almost a decade, Dan Gross wrote about the city's celebrities, gossip and scandals for the Daily News. But that stuff was nothing compared to what happened behind the scenes.
In which a brash young gentrifier fights with the city, catches a murderer, calls Mayor Nutter a retard, accuses Jim Kenney of being drunk, and announces he wants to run for city councilâ€”all while transforming South Philly's struggling Point Breeze neighborhood.
Mari Steed was two years old when she was adopted from Ireland by a Flourtown family. Years later, her search for her birth mother turned up the Magdalene Laundries' horrifying legacy, and Steed wants justiceâ€”along with an apology from the Catholic church.