March 2, 2015 |
When Philadelphia's next mayor takes the oath of office inside the glittering Academy of Music, he or she should have a plan to help the city residents who cannot afford to attend a concert, don't have enough food to eat, and do not expect life to get better for them or their children. The next mayor will lead the poorest among the nation's 10 biggest cities. More than a quarter of its 1.5 million residents live in poverty. Thirty-nine percent of its children are poor. There are programs to help, but too many people don't know they qualify.
August 25, 2010 |
Mike Monteiro grew up in Olney and attended Holy Child on North Broad, Central, Temple's Tyler School of Art. Then, as many creative types are wont to do, he fled West. In California, the Web designer noticed people are, well, different. They adopt a decidedly more placid approach to life in the Golden State. At the DMV, which can bring out the ornery in people and Philadelphians in particular, the San Francisco clerk inquired: "Why are you so angry?" To which Monteiro answered, "I'm not angry, I'm from Philly.
April 8, 2013 |
Like most Philadelphia natives, I know the sound of a Philadelphia accent: "So I tollum straight up, 'Yo, Paulie, your sister's wit me. And we're gawna ride widges down-ashore or this car don't make it past Pashunk Avenue!' " And like most Philadelphia natives, I don't hear any accent in my voice when ordering kawfee at the Melrose or wooder ice at Rita's. Yanohwaddamean? Seriously, me? An accent? Fuhgeddaboudit. Nevertheless, I was disturbed by the recent headline "The Strange Decline of the Philly Accent" in the Atlantic magazine's online site, theatlanticcities.com.
September 25, 2012
Chattanooga, Tenn., is trying to lure techies with financial incentives, but some Philadelphians are not impressed. Business, A14.
July 29, 1999 |
With 75,000 gallons of water, you could: Give 12-ounce glasses of water to 100,000 thirsty Philadelphians. Brush your teeth 75,000 times. Run the clothes washer 2,143 times. Flush an old toilet 21,428 times. Shower 1,071 sweaty Philadelphians for 10 minutes each. Take 3,000 bubble baths. Run a dishwasher 7,500 times. Hose off the pavement continuously for eight straight days.
February 27, 2008
RE BYKOFSKY on Obama: Your last two sentences were right on point, sir: "Finally, as president, he can help heal America's historic racial wounds, which are our most stubborn and painful and difficult to admit. Even in Pennsylvania. " Hopefully, you can help your fellow writers (black and white), and Philadelphians in giving them a little more insight. Dennis Dozier, Philadelphia
April 17, 2001
First Union Corp. is changing its name to Wachovia following the latest bank merger. This can only make F.U. Center officials happy, for the obvious reasons. Still, how long will it take before Philadelphians - who love their nicknames - to rename the stadium the Wacko? Not long at all.
May 4, 1995 |
City officials yesterday dedicate 2,000-bed Curran-Fromhold Corectional Facility in the Northeast, named for Holmesburg Warden Patrick Curran (Patrick Jr. and his son Patrick are at right) and Deputy Warden Robert Fromhold, slain by two inmates in 1973. Facility figures into Philadelphians' top election issue: crime and punishment.
January 18, 1991 |
While war raged the Mideast, for many Philadelphians it was business as usual yesterday. Robert Cocchimiglio, 25, (top) waited for a fare in front of Independence Hall, and Oliver Johnson whipped up a batch of dough at Cinnabon, 34th and Market. At the Italian Market (bottom), shoppers browsed among the produce.
November 15, 1994 |
Mayor Rendell (inset) and a host of other Philadelphians showed travel agents at a convention in Lisbon, Portugal, how to party Philly-style last Friday. The American Society of Travel Agents enjoyed Philly favorites, including plenty of cheesesteaks. State Sen. Vince Fumo also attended the convention. The group is scheduled to meet here next year.