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What Philadelphia Is Losing When It Loses Hahnemann Hospital

As a physician, I recently have been devastated by the news that the hospital in which I practice and teach is closing. Philadelphia Academic Health […]

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The Disastrous Consequences of DA Larry Krasner’s “Reforms”

It was an interesting social experiment: What happens in a major metropolitan city like Philadelphia when you elect a district attorney whose primary goal is […]

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If You Think Helen Gym Is “Philly’s AOC,” You’d Better Look Up “Progressive” Again

It didn’t take much for me to swear at my computer on Tuesday morning when I read the Philadelphia Inquirer feature story that frames City […]

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I Tried the “New” Center City Sips. You Can Keep It.

Summertime downtown used to be fun, thanks to the booze-infused phenomenon known as Center City Sips. Every Wednesday in June, July, and August, I would leave […]

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Want Philly to Stop Being Written Off as “Killadelphia”? Get Serious About Poverty.

From Friday through Sunday this Father’s Day weekend, there were 22 shootings, 32 victims, and six homicides in Philadelphia. Amid these multiple tragedies, more Philadelphians […]

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Why Should Philly Cops Who Made Racist Facebook Posts Get a Second Chance?

Last Friday, more than 150 community members rallied at Philadelphia Police Department headquarters to protest more than 300 officers who had just been exposed as […]

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Darrell Clarke, Gentrification Is Gentrification — Even If the Developer Is Black

“All my skinfolk ain’t kinfolk,” the legendary Black writer Zora Neale Hurston once said. This quote goes double for Black developers who profit from land […]

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Shake-Ups and Sure Bets: Four Major Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primary

On Tuesday, empires fell, diversity flourished, and a new sheriff came to town. While some outcomes of the 2019 Democratic primary in Philadelphia were all […]

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Why We Desperately Need to Reform Judicial Elections in Pennsylvania

It’s difficult to imagine a more important role in our community than that of a judge. Judges, especially trial judges, make decisions that shape the […]

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60 Seconds of Fear on Broad Street

I know well the vagaries of the Schuylkill and thought I had left home with plenty of time to get into Center City. But the […]

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What I Learned at the Mayoral Debate From Philly’s “Super Voters”: Older Black Women

If you ask any political strategist to identify the most sought-after voting bloc within Democratic party at large right now, they will tell you older Black women […]

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Anthony Williams for Mayor

As political figures go, it’s hard not to like — or at least be bemused by — Jim Kenney. In contrast to so many politicians, […]

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Only 2.5 Percent of Philly Businesses Are Black-Owned. The City Must Act.

In recent years, there’s been a lot of discussion about how Black millennials might be able to close the generational wealth gap in our community. […]

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Philly, We’re Officially Living in an Apartheid State

Since moving to Philadelphia nearly a decade ago, I’ve never understood why people have embraced the term “majority-minority” as a way of describing the city. […]

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No Joke: Kenney Thinks “Overqualified” Black People Are Cause of City’s Diversity Woes

At a meeting of the African American Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Jim Kenney had his “I can see Russia from my house” […]