May 12, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Flawed policies, social biases, and a lack of imagination are hurting Pennsylvania's cities, Gov. Wolf says. Urban residents pay more than they should for utilities, he believes. Infrastructure development follows sprawl. Racism has led to segregation of residents. And even advocates may privately consider cities "a tough bet. " "The truth is, if we actually had a level playing field, the cities would do quite well," Wolf said Tuesday. The governor, a Democrat who grew up in a small town but later became involved in urban issues, offered the glimpse into his view of the importance and treatment of urban areas during a conference hosted by Keystone Crossroads, a public media project exploring challenges facing Pennsylvania cities.
July 27, 2015 |
For three decades, the views that Tom and Sue Carroll enjoyed year-round were of Victorian Cape May: sun, sea, sand, and tourists in spring, summer, and fall, and a far quieter scene in winter. As the owners of an inn, the Mainstay, the Carrolls were dedicated to pleasing others, and their lives were defined by dawn-to-dark responsibilities. As Sue explains, they were all about the inn's rhythms. In fact, her 1997 book is titled Breakfast at Nine, Tea at Four . The Carrolls opened the inn in 1971, then moved it to a nearby location in 1976, keeping the name intact.
May 13, 2015 |
You could choose to accept at face value the basic story line of The Rake's Progress - a Faustian fable, a tale of simpletons ending the opera by stepping out of character and singing the moral of the story directly at the audience. But in its spare, handsome sets by Amy Rubin and smartly underplayed direction of Jordan Fein, the Curtis Institute of Music production heard Sunday at the Prince Theater gave listeners every chance to decode connections between Stravinsky's acerbic score and one of the most artfully constructed librettos in the repertoire.
September 23, 2014
OVER THE PAST 15 years in the U.S. Congress, I have been representing the citizens of the city of Philadelphia with pride and honor. I have been fortunate to see how our city has grown to respect and promote diversity. The LGBT community in our city has worked hard and been very lucky to have some great political leaders to ensure their acceptance and a place at the table. This recent gay bashing in downtown Philadelphia, in what I consider to be a hate crime, has no place in our fine City of Brotherly Love.
September 19, 2014 |
CITY COUNCILMAN Jim Kenney has a clear message for federal authorities: Help Philly punish the people who savagely beat a gay couple. Kenney told his colleagues yesterday that he has asked the feds to investigate the alleged attack on Sept. 11 near Rittenhouse Square, because Pennsylvania's hate-crime law does not cover acts motivated by a victim's sexual orientation. He noted that the suspects in the case appear to be from the suburbs: Sources have told the Daily News that several "persons of interest" in the case are alumni of Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Bucks County.
August 5, 2014 |
By the time the perfect night of cool August breezes (and no rain) ended, Saturday's sold-out Billy Joel show at Citizens Bank Park had made one thing evident: They don't write them like that anymore. This is not solely a discussion of Joel's melodic charms, his rocker's take on Brill Building/Tin Pan Alley/Broadway hooks, his stance as a modern Gershwin, with twists of the Beatles, Bob Gaudio, and Donald Fagen. What Joel provided to this mixed-age crowd was a life's soundtrack rich in urban, ethnic, specifically East Coast vibes and the kind of detailed character studies no songwriter does now, save within hip-hop.
November 11, 2013 |
I've been living in the city for four years, so I've earned the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in urban living. I've had all the rites of passage: My apartment's been burglarized, I've had a regular flasher, I've braved the Whole Foods lines after work, I've gone to the beach by train, I've watched the fireworks from a rooftop, and I've eaten pizza standing in the street. They say you have to toughen up to live in a major city, and in a lot of ways, it's true. For every extra convenience, something else is a little harder.
August 21, 2013
Charlie, fans deserved better It was obvious to even the most ardent Charlie Manuel fan that this would be his last year managing the Phillies. What was expected, and what he deserved, was a departure at the end of the season. Whatever rationale Ruben Amaro Jr. employed to arrive at the decision to give Ryne Sandberg an audition as interim manager, there was one thing he never considered: The fans deserved the opportunity to recognize Charlie for what he has meant to the city and the team.
November 9, 2012 |
IF YOU DO NOT live in the North Philadelphia/Northern Liberties section of the city, you've missed the invasion of the four-legged creatures that arrive daily - not in silver, shimmering flying saucers, but in squeaky-brake vans with markings like U-Haul or Mayflower tattooed on their sides. "We come in peace," these invaders message through the tips of wagging tags and playful paws, but as I scrape the bottom of my shoe on the edge of my sidewalk, I doubt the sincerity of their actions.
July 23, 2012 |
Even though Craig Rogerson spends 60 percent of his time traveling for work, he still enjoys coming home to Rittenhouse Square. He rides an elevator more than 20 floors, drops his keys in a bowl in the foyer, and looks through a wall-sized coral-reef aquarium across his living room to the city's skyline. "I like the views, the ways it's situated. It's really pretty at night," says Rogerson, 55, a Michigan native who has spent most of his life in the suburbs of Detroit, Atlanta and Philadelphia.