March 22, 1987
I have lived in this city all my life, but I sure wish I were in a position to move out. Is there any other city in the United States so corrupt and with so little concern for its people? My real estate tax has gone up every year for the last eight years. The streets are filthy, potholes are everywhere. There is corruption in the Police Department, the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the courts, the Sheriff's Department, the Sanitation Division and only God knows where else.
August 10, 1992 |
Is yo as simple as it seems? It can mean anything from "Yoo-hoo! Lovely to see you" to "Two of them brewskis right here, before the inning's over" to "Move that car or I'll rearrange your face. " Can't it? We asked Philadelphians loitering around City Hall one day recently, and they let us know. Mostly they agreed with the American Heritage people. Sarah Mascho, from Upper Darby, said, "It's a way of getting someone's attention. It's a greeting, between friends, like 'Yo!
May 24, 2007
THE CITIZENS of this city need to take an active role in keeping guns out of their homes. You know who you are. Your sons and brothers, your boyfriends, etc., are out all times of day and night. You know in your heart what types of activities they may be involved in. If you care, you'll do what you have to in order to see that any gun is removed from your home. You will remove the dangerous threat to you and your family's lives, and the lives of others in your communities.
January 14, 1999 |
Here's a news flash: Gather 25 Philadelphians in a room and ask what they like about living here, and they won't scoff or sneer. They'll talk your ear off. At least those are the early returns as The Inquirer's Citizen Voices '99 project on the mayor's race gets under way this week. A series of 20 neighborhood forums began in the Northeast and Frankford in the last three days. They are the jumping-off point for a yearlong process of citizen conversation about the pitfalls and the potential of the city's future.
September 4, 2011 |
BERLIN - Is the continent big enough for both of them? The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, on overlapping tours of European festivals, crossed paths (almost) at the Dresdner Musikfestpiele, the former performing Friday, the latter arriving Saturday. And it was not for the first time: In the Zurich airport roughly a week ago, the Philadelphians were lined up to leave as the Chicagoans were arriving - on the same chartered plane. Looking over the two tours, one cannot help asking who got what.
January 17, 2008 |
Tim Bosse never did figure it out. In the five years he lived and worked in the Philadelphia area as an executive in a recruitment firm, he never understood why Philadelphians were always down in the dumps. Exhibit A: Twin findings from the Federal Reserve and a monthly survey by Bosse's firm, Hudson Highland Group Inc. Of the 12 metropolitan regions that Hudson surveys about worker confidence, Philadelphians have been among the most pessimistic in the nation, ranking only above San Francisco last month.
April 9, 1986 |
A debate is under way in Philadelphia, conducted almost in whispers, considering its importance. A related issue, the proposed convention center, does get much attention, but whether the center gets built or not is not as important as who builds it. And who builds it is the subject of Council Bill 649, about which Philadelphians know little and understand less. The bill asks, for one, that on construction projects built with public funds in Philadelphia, 45 percent of all jobs be held by residents of Philadelphia.
March 1, 2010 |
Philadelphians harbor deep concerns about jobs, somewhat diminished fears of crime, and a generally upbeat view of the city's future. In the Philadelphia Research Initiative's second annual benchmark poll, those attitudes are nearly universal citywide. But the survey also reveals the distinct perspectives of three key groups of Philadelphians: newcomers, young people, and African Americans. Their viewpoints offer both opportunities and challenges for city leaders. First, let's look at the newcomers, defined as people who have lived in the city for no more than 10 years.
December 9, 1998 |
In Saturday's mishap at the Army-Navy game at Veterans Stadium, some have seen final proof of the need to build a new facility. Others have called for more responsible behavior from TV camera crews, whose urgings for post-touchdown crowd shots may well have precipitated the collapse of the safety railing. When I heard the news, however, I started thinking about the mayor's race. Not that the fate of a new football stadium will make or break any particular candidate. Rather, the reaction that many Philadelphians had, Ed Rendell included, underscored the most essential task the next mayor, whoever she or he might be, must face.
May 18, 2005 |
Could this be? A story about a national study that paints Philadelphians' eating habits in glowing terms? That says Philadelphians are paradigms of healthful dining and dietary restraint? Finally? This is not that story. OpenTable.com, an online reservation service that surveyed diners in eight U.S. cities, says in a report issued today that Philadelphians are a gluttonous, gossipy, sugar-craving lot who throw caution to the wind when they go out to eat. What's more, Philadelphians are lunchtime lushes, and they're also much more likely than folks elsewhere to take their own bottle of wine when dining out. But they tip well.