September 12, 2016 |
Comfortably ensconced in airline-style seats on a new express train, my wife and I sped into downtown Toronto from a futuristic new terminal at the city's international airport. What we saw was promising: dreary outer suburbs gave way to skyscraping forests of gleaming glass condo and office towers. Perhaps, we thought, considering the spectacular airport, the train (which offered the services of an onboard attendant), and all the new construction, everything we'd heard about Toronto's renaissance was true, that it was, indeed, the world's newest great city, having already supplanted Chicago as the third-largest city in the United States and Canada and become the fourth-largest in North America (after Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles)
April 25, 2016 |
When it comes to being a tool, Kevin Reeve wants his students to be Swiss Army knives, not just hammers. Hammers, Reeve says, view their problems as nails, and the three men attending his "Urban Escape and Evasion" class out by Philadelphia International Airport learned quickly Thursday morning that it takes diverse skills to survive the end-times he whipped up on a PowerPoint presentation. Being a nail is worse than being a hammer, though, and that's why Reeve, 59, was carrying more blades than a butcher.
October 30, 2015 |
Every fall, in the shadow of Halloween, another world unfolds, with traditions originating in Mexico. It's the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos. Across the country and in Philadelphia, it's a time for live music, costumes, brightly painted sugar skulls, well-dressed skeletons, and elaborate altars covered with flickering candles, marigolds, and delicious food. Day of the Dead celebrations and Halloween both take place about the same time of year, but whereas Halloween has a definite pop/commercial feeling to it, the Day of the Dead concerns culture and traditions, some of them very old. All through the holidays, roots sink deep in Mexican culture, and because of Philadelphia's expanding Latino population, Day of the Dead celebrations are likely to become more and more common.
October 12, 2015 |
The last decade of the 20th century was rough on Mexico City. Everything that was already spinning out of control got worse: political corruption, the economy, social inequity, poverty, violence. But, as often happens in periods of crisis, art thrived on the bad news. Artists who might otherwise have been drawn to traditional modes of art-making turned to installation, performance, actions, video, and other more socially engaged art practices that could exert a physical intervention with, or offer a sharp rebuke to, the status quo. "Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000," at the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, is the first exhibition to thoroughly examine that change in Mexico City's cultural landscape through the works of artists who lived and worked there in the 1990s.
September 21, 2015 |
Philadelphia - cradle of American democracy, the first city in the colonies to grant religious liberty, and for three centuries a welcoming port city to immigrants from around the world - will this week host what promises to be the largest gathering in its history: a two-day visit by Pope Francis to cap the Catholic Church's eighth international World Meeting of Families. With 750,000 people predicted to see Francis next Saturday, and more than a million on Sunday, this special 24-page section is a guide to the World Meeting and Philadelphia.
July 11, 2015 |
Philadelphia is likely to become the first U.S. city designated a World Heritage City, an elite title given to about 250 municipalities worldwide, officials in Mayor Nutter's administration said Thursday. A Philadelphia delegation, including Nutter, advocated for the city's bid while on a trip to Puebla, Mexico, this week. The designation from the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), which Philadelphia has been seeking for several years, has the potential to enhance the city's status on the world stage and boost the city as an international tourism site and business hub. Fernando Trevino, deputy director of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs, said city officials believe the organization will approve Philadelphia's application at its November meeting.
July 8, 2015 |
There's no shortage of Latino music in Philadelphia. From the Kimmel to the Painted Bride, the sounds of Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Cuba - traditional or jazz, plus electronic, rap/hip-hop, and pop/rock variations - ring out. So where is the music of Mexico? According to the 2010 U.S. census, Philadelphia's Mexican population increased from 6,220 to 15,531 during the previous decade, with a majority of immigrants moving into South Philly's Italian Market area. "Mexican business owners helped revitalize the Market," says Emilio Mignucci, co-owner of 75-year-old DiBruno Bros.
December 25, 2014 |
When a 22-year-old woman was brutally beaten and raped just steps from Philadelphia Police Headquarters in 2010, detectives learned the name of her alleged attacker within days. Startled by police sirens, the man fled the scene of the rape on the 200 block of North Eighth Street in only his underwear and a shirt - leaving behind enough evidence for police to quickly identify him as Alberto Issac Navarrete Suarez, lately of South Philadelphia. But by then, police say, Suarez was already on the run. The 37-year-old fled to West Virginia and then Texas, where he managed to elude law enforcement and escape to Mexico.
December 24, 2014 |
THE SO-CALLED Pantless Rapist - a fugitive wanted in two 2010 rapes, including one just across the street from Philadelphia police headquarters - has been returned to Philly to face criminal charges, the FBI and Philadelphia police said yesterday. Alberto Issac Navarrete Suarez, 37, was wanted for allegedly raping, beating and choking a 22-year-old woman Aug. 29, 2010, as she waited at a bus stop outside police headquarters at 8th and Race streets. He also was wanted in the alleged March 21, 2010, kidnapping, rape and robbery of a teenage girl in Pittsburgh.
November 22, 2014 |
Listening to the president's words Thursday night, Belinda Holguin of South Philadelphia began to cry, knowing firsthand the life-changing impact his historic action could have on millions of families. Her parents were undocumented workers from Mexico when they were granted legal status under the amnesty act of 1986 - a change, she said, that allowed them to find better jobs, send their three children to better schools, and buy a home. "It really pushed us into the middle class," said Holguin, one of about three dozen people who crammed into Taquitos de Puebla in South Philadelphia for a viewing party during the speech.