April 3, 2016
Larry Eichel and Katie Martinare are with the Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia research initiative, which studies key issues facing Philadelphia. Philadelphia in 2016 is a growing city undergoing a sweeping transformation, most evident in the age and diversity of those who live here. The city's population has risen for nine consecutive years, up a further 5,880 in the most recent count. The increase since 2006 stands at 78,732, a stark reversal after a decrease of nearly 600,000 over the previous five decades.
March 20, 2016
1-3 p.m. Sunday on WRTI-FM (90.1): In the second of three concerts in the Philadelphia Orchestra's Music of Vienna series, Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphians in Joseph Haydn's Symphony 103, "The Drumroll ," and Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 . Each spotlights a principal soloist in the orchestra.
March 2, 2016
TODAY IS Super Tuesday, and, by day's end, we could know the respective presidential nominees from each major party. But for Philadelphians, that news pales in comparison with Mayor Kenney's intention to embark on a $600 million plan to remake the city's parks and recreation centers. All politics, after all, are local. And here's our local political reality. The largely white Electrical Workers Union and its equally white counterpart, the Carpenters Union, have dominated taxpayer-funded construction work for years.
February 27, 2016
ISSUE | PA. BUDGET City's poor at risk "Uncertainty is death for real estate projects," a University of Pennsylvania professor said, but for the 130,000-square-foot Share building at 2901 W. Hunting Park Ave., uncertainty about a $2 million state grant will have a devastating impact on 600,000 low-income Philadelphians. Pennsylvania's budget stalemate is not only undermining human services but holding hostage the money for capital improvements at nonprofit organizations such as the Share food program.
February 19, 2016 |
AN INVESTMENT in young Hispanics today will mean a more prosperous future for all Philadelphians. Hispanics represent the fastest growing population in Philadelphia. And the Latino student population here is growing faster than any other group. Leadership across the city has been charged with confronting the nuances of this growth. But with growth comes growing pains . . . for Latinos, that is. The achievement gap between Hispanic and non-Hispanic white students is still hugely problematic, exacerbated by the fact that 44 percent of Latinos in Philadelphia live in poverty.
February 8, 2016
DANTE'S JOURNEY into the netherworld starts with these words "In the middle of our life's journey, I found myself in a dark wood. " And from that point on, with the wise guidance of Virgil, our hero plumbs the depths of hell, taking us on a journey through human sin, fallibility, sorrow and even love. I know how he felt. This Friday, I took my own journey into that dark forest, only it was a few blocks from the subway at Broad and Pattison, and my Virgil was my dear friend John (accompanied by his beautiful wife Masako.)