March 28, 2013 |
ACCESS TO healthy food for low-income Philadelphians improved by 17 percent in a two-year period, according to a report released Wednesday by the city's Public Health Department. The report, Walkable Access to Healthy Food in Philadelphia, shows that the number of Philadelphians living in high-poverty neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food dropped by 61,000 between 2010 and 2012. As part of the 2010 Get Healthy Philly initiative, the Food Trust and the health department offered corner stores an annual $100 incentive to encourage the sale of healthy food, said Giridhar Mallya, director of policy and planning for the health department.
May 30, 2014 |
SHENZHEN, China - The earnest young Chinese woman asked the question with a directness uncharacteristic of her world: How do you learn to appreciate Western classical music? She had come to the right place on Wednesday: an open, practical dialogue about symphony orchestra conducting featuring Philadelphia Orchestra associate conductor Cristian Macelaru. His reply: "You don't need to understand anything more than that it's beautiful. Allow yourself to be moved by the same things that move you in Chinese music.
July 10, 2014 |
THE CITY yesterday opened six BenePhilly Centers to assist low-income Philadelphians who are eligible for benefits but are not receiving them. Increasing benefits access is a major goal of Shared Prosperity, an anti-poverty plan that Mayor Nutter unveiled last year. He tasked Eva Gladstein, executive director of the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, with creating and implementing the plan. The centers, Gladstein said, will help people "get benefits that can help alleviate some of the worst effects of poverty.
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.
October 1, 2015 |
Philadelphia has the highest rate of deep poverty among America's 10 biggest cities, an examination of federal data by The Inquirer shows. The city is already the poorest in that group. Deep poverty is measured as income of 50 percent or less of the poverty rate. A family of four living in deep poverty takes in $12,000 or less annually, half the poverty rate of $24,000 for a family that size. Philadelphia's deep-poverty rate is 12.3 percent, or around 186,000 people - 60,000 of whom are children, an examination of the newly released U.S. Census 2014 American Community Survey shows.
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.