Lynette Tolbert Hazelton

mister softee
City Life

The World’s a Twisted Place. Thank God We’ll Always Have Mister Softee

Sixty-five years ago, two sons of immigrants burst from a West Philly garage and revolutionized the ice-cream business. The city has changed. Mister Softee hasn’t — and that’s a good thing.

philadelphia homocide
City Life

Raheem Ikeam Myers Was the City’s 203rd Homicide Victim This Year. This Is His Story.

He was a man with children, a big extended family, and a faith that sustained him. In one of Philly’s most violent years, he became yet another casualty. His complicated story reveals how the city failed to protect him — and so many like him.

philadelphia poverty
City Life

For 40 Years, Philly Mayors Have Promised to End Poverty. For 40 Years, I’ve Watched Them Fail.

Administration after administration, their plans have solved nothing. This is what having a front-row seat to decades of political futility looks like.