April 10, 2013 |
Tom Knox is bored. How else to explain the millionaire businessman's statement last week that he would not run for governor in 2014 after all and was aiming instead to inject himself into the 2015 race for mayor of Philadelphia? Back in 2007, Knox gained some credibility the way a tornado does - with brute power. He spent nearly $11 million of his own money to build an instant media brand and finish second in the five-candidate Democratic primary for mayor. The neophyte pol was leading in the polls until his opponents ganged up on him to suggest his lack of governing experience was a liability instead of an asset, and to attack some of his past business practices, notably offering high-interest payday loans when he owned a bank.
April 5, 2013 |
Tom Knox, the wealthy businessman who put more than $10 million into a nearly-successful Democratic candidacy for mayor in 2007, indicated Thursday that he may run again in 2015, when the city elects someone to replace Michael Nutter. "After careful consideration and many discussions with people whom I deeply respect, I am seriously considering a run for mayor of Philadelphia in 2015," he said in a statement emailed to media, ostensibly to announce he is not interested in joining the crowded race for governor next year.
April 5, 2013 |
Tom Knox, the wealthy businessman who put more than $10 million into a nearly successful Democratic candidacy for mayor in 2007, indicated Thursday that he may run again in 2015, when the city elects someone to replace Michael Nutter. "After careful consideration and many discussions with people whom I deeply respect, I am seriously considering a run for mayor of Philadelphia in 2015," he said in a statement emailed to media, ostensibly to announce he is not interested in joining the crowded race for governor next year.
January 24, 2013
A chance at greatness If President Obama wants a chance at greatness, he must not use the dysfunction of Congress or the unwillingness of the American public to accept the consequences of action on our debt and deficit as excuses for inaction ("A call to 'act in our time,'" Tuesday). Greatness will require leadership, not excuses, assessment of blame, or deflection. I know he has it in him to lead. The question is, will he choose to lead rather than blame? Dennis Powell, Plymouth Meeting Ticketing MLK Day volunteers Our family participated in the 18th annual Martin Luther King Day of Service ("Volunteerism en masse," Tuesday)
December 3, 2012
When Councilman Wilson Goode Jr. halted the public-comment period of Thursday's Council meeting to ask the previous speaker to return to the lectern, there was that feeling in the chamber of two combatants about to square off. The previous speaker was Ori Feibush, the feisty Point Breeze developer, and he had just spent three minutes blasting a bill to create affordable housing as a bad plan and a waste of money. Goode, who can be downright prosecutorial with witnesses, asked Feibush if he thought the 10-year tax abatement on new construction was a waste of money as well.
November 5, 2012 |
With the New York City Marathon canceled less than 24 hours before its scheduled start Sunday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter reportedly had stepped in with an offer: all 40,000-plus runners could come to Philadelphia instead. George Hirsch, head of the New York Road Runners, which sponsors the run, said Nutter told him Philadelphia was ready to host the marathon Sunday if race participants could make it to the city, Runner's World reported Saturday. Hirsch replied that there wasn't enough time to do that.
November 4, 2012 |
Up in New York, the billionaire mayor struts with a Master of the Universe swagger. Over in Chicago, the city chief leads with profane, aggressive bluster. The mayor of Philadelphia, however, has long been famous for high-SAT intellect and technocratic cool. Until Friday. That's when Michael Nutter elevated his macho quotient and one-upped Michael Bloomberg, Rahm Emanuel, and lots of other U.S. mayors by rappelling 280 feet from the top of Penn Center Plaza Tower 3 in Center City.
September 14, 2012 |
When New York developer Tony Goldman arrived in Philadelphia with plans to revitalize Center City's seedy 13th Street, almost everyone here wondered whether he was crazy. One of the skeptics was Michael Nutter, a city councilman in 1999 when Mr. Goldman sought tax incentives for his project. "We just all kind of looked at him and thought, 'What the hell are you talking about?' " Nutter said Wednesday. "He had all these ideas and a vision, and there was nothing going on down there.
September 13, 2012 |
In the upstairs bedroom of his West Philadelphia home, 13-year-old Michael Nutter tuned his radio as Joe Frazier was readying for his "Fight of the Century" with Muhammad Ali. Nutter listened when Frazier's left hook sent Ali spiraling to the mat in the 15th round. He listened when the judges handed Frazier a unanimous decision and a successful defense of the world heavyweight title. On Wednesday afternoon, four decades after Frazier's win over Ali, Mayor Nutter honored the late Philadelphia sports icon as he announced the city's plan to erect a statue of Frazier in 2013 at South Philadelphia's Xfinity Live!