November 6, 2011 |
Four years ago, Michael Nutter was a former maverick City Councilman who had bested the political establishment to become the surprise winner of the mayoral race. He promised to make Philadelphia safer, smarter, more prosperous, and less corrupt - goals he says he has achieved, to one degree or another. "We did those four things and a bunch more," Nutter said recently. "We never lost focus from the things we talked about in the campaign. " No doubt crime is down and school test scores have risen.
November 3, 2011 |
Ellen Cronan Rose, 73, of Center City, an editor, writer, and retired professor of women's studies, died of cancer Monday, Oct. 10, at home. Since 2002, Dr. Rose had been a coeditor of Temple University's Journal of Modern Literature. The quarterly publishes scholarly analysis of literature written in the 20th century and beyond and is known for its annual review of the year's academic writings on modern literature. Dr. Rose was the author of books, papers, and articles on Margaret Drabble, Doris Lessing, and feminist literature.
October 23, 2011
When Michael Nutter became mayor in 2008, he took over a city reeling from at least a murder a day, a government beholden to selfish business and political elites, a stressed tax base, and a troubled School District. Then the recession hit. But the pragmatic optimist has made progress on each of these fronts, albeit some more than others, and well deserves a second term. The Inquirer endorses MICHAEL NUTTER for mayor. Republicans again fielded a poor candidate. Karen Brown has pandered to police and firefighters, promising virtually anything for their support.
October 23, 2011 |
There are plenty of reasons to criticize the Republican Party of Philadelphia, but today it deserves credit for a strong field of candidates in the at-large City Council race. Too often, with the GOP down 6-1 in voter registration, it's tough to even find a Republican willing to put in the time and effort for a sacrificial-lamb campaign. Hence the recruiting of former Democrat Karen Brown to challenge Michael Nutter for mayor this year. But with a pair of at-large seats reserved for a minority party, and with the Green party not quite ready for prime time in terms of numbers, Philadelphians are pretty much required by law to have at least two Republicans on Council.
October 7, 2011
Nutter wrong on Germantown project Residents in Germantown were recently dismayed by Mayor Nutter's support for the proposed Chelten Plaza retail development. In 14 years here, I have never witnessed such universal civic opposition to a development project, nor such grassroots community organizing. What happened to the Michael Nutter with whom I shook hands when he was representing true neighborhood interests as a councilman? People in this historic neighborhood are committed to living in a mixed-income, multicultural community where all deserve respect.
September 28, 2011 |
Every so often, in the thick fog of local politics, sunlight appears, offering clarity. Like the Fumo trial featuring Other People's Money, other people being you . And the recent report on the Dwight Evans-Robert Archie verbal working over of an Atlanta charter-school operator, now known as the Godfather meeting. The investigation revealed power brokers delivering a brash civics primer. "Things are different here" and "Philadelphia does not operate by the usual rules," they counseled in attempting to secure a $50 million contract for a rival local operator, everything here being local.
August 23, 2011
The Convention Center next month will host a conference called Shale Gas Insight 2011, bringing some of the biggest names in the energy industry - and their political patrons - to Philadelphia. It also will attract some of the biggest names in the environmental opposition movement - and their political patrons - for a demonstration and counter conference, Shale Gas Outrage 2011. The dueling events are scheduled for Sept. 7 and 8. On one side will be the chief executives of Consol Energy, Chesapeake Energy, and Range Resources, along with Gov. Corbett and former Gov. Tom Ridge.
August 9, 2011 |
Once again, Michael Nutter is not messin' around. You know he's not playing when he pulls out the black vernacular. And there was a whole lot of it during his 30-minute rant - I mean, sermon - from behind the pulpit to a packed congregation Sunday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. Disgusted by the mobs of African American youths who have been terrorizing folks in City Center lately, he gave the black community a good old-fashioned whipping. I could almost hear my grandmother say, "Get me a switch!"
August 4, 2011
By Jerome Hodos The latest census figures show Philadelphia has finally halted its 50-year population slide thanks to immigrants, who now make up 11 percent of the city's population. The biggest gains came in African, Asian, and Hispanic immigration; non-Hispanic whites now make up only 37 percent of the population. What impact will this shift have on the city's politics in coming decades? It is tempting to assume that the presence of more nonwhites will lead to their political empowerment; after all, Michael Nutter is the city's third black mayor.