May 1, 2013 |
Hunters love to shoot them and birders love to watch them, but both groups understand that they can save the bobwhite quail only by working together. The groups came together for a three-day conference to talk about preserving the scarce and secretive game bird and identify other areas of common interest, ranging from fighting invasive species and maintaining healthy forests to managing New Jersey's growing population of black bears. The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs held their first joint conference from Friday through Sunday with a view to identifying common interests and fostering cooperation.
April 30, 2013 |
Forty-nine years ago, Conshohocken leaders began crafting a comprehensive plan to transform the grimy old mill town into a modern, livable municipality, albeit a small one. At just over one square mile, Conshohocken is shoehorned into a bend of the Schuylkill River, but is within earshot of I-476 and the Schuylkill Expressway, two of the region's major arteries. It took several decades, but between the vision of past leaders and the impact of that pair of highways, Conshohocken has become one of the region's hottest neighborhoods, with sleek condo towers, destination restaurants and corporate headquarters along the waterfront, and a locally owned, family-friendly strip of restaurants, bars, and stores along Fayette Street.
April 24, 2013 |
THE PAST DECADE in Center City has brought a lot to celebrate: more housing and a bigger residential population; more families with young children; more highly educated workers than any other part of the city; and an arts and cultural scene second only to midtown Manhattan. Yet the number of office jobs has stagnated as the suburbs lure professional workers, according to the State of Center City Philadelphia 2013 report released Monday by the Center City District. "In some sense, the state of Center City has never been better, in terms of vibrancy of workforce, vibrancy of families, tourism here," said Paul Levy, the district's president and chief executive.
April 7, 2013
America's Coming Demographic Disaster By Jonathan V. Last Encounter Books. 237 pp. $23.99 Reviewed by Paul Jablow Nancy Willard, a poet and novelist best known as a children's author, is generally credited with the saying: "Sometimes questions are more important than answers. " Jonathan V. Last's book bears out the truth of that statement: His answers range from obvious to insightful to perhaps crackbrained. But there's no escaping his big question: Since the United States' "total fertility rate" - a better measure than crude birthrate - is sharply declining, what can we or should we do about it?
March 25, 2013 |
Philadelphia is becoming a test case for a new theory of American urban development. The conventional wisdom used to be that economic development was the key to cities' dynamism. Create jobs, the argument went, and people would follow, incomes would rise, and all would be well. Now an alternative idea is being preached by a growing number of urban analysts. It holds that quality of life has become more crucial to a city's prospects, because young adults demand it, and many jobs no longer have to be in a particular place.
March 15, 2013 |
In recent years, Marina Marx has watched Philadelphia grow, and she knows why. A manager of Honey's Sit 'n Eat restaurant in Northern Liberties, she said business is good thanks to the increased foot traffic. She credits the entertainment options: "There's art, culture, great food, and places to see a show. " Census estimates released Thursday show that Philadelphia's population continues to grow. In 2012, the city added 9,040 people, the sixth consecutive year of growth. Since the official census count in May 2010, the city has added an estimated 21,601 people for a total of 1,547,607.
February 17, 2013
Jonathan V. Last is a senior writer at the Weekly Standard and the author of "What to Expect When No One's Expecting: America's Coming Demographic Disaster" In Washington, politicians are trying to reform America's immigration system, again. Both President Obama and Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) are proposing "paths to citizenship" for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants. Other proposals abound, including finishing the border fence, creating a better E-Verify system for employers, and passing the last Congress' Dream Act. All of these ideas, however, fundamentally misunderstand immigration in America: Future immigration is probably going to be governed not by U.S. domestic policy choices but by global demographics.
January 28, 2013 |
The Camden County Board of Elections is searching for bilingual poll workers to help the area's growing number of Latinos cast their ballots in the June primary. But how many are needed is an informed guess, determined by surveying names of registered voters rather than querying them in advance or analyzing census data. In November, Camden County joined six other New Jersey counties required to provide Spanish-language materials at all polls rather than just in selected precincts.
January 18, 2013 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - Gov. Corbett said Thursday that his administration had signed off on hiring a British firm to manage the state lottery, sending the contract for a final legal review. Under the plan offered by Camelot Global Services PA L.L.C., Pennsylvania can expect an additional $50 million for senior programs in next year's state budget, Corbett said. That will allow for more funding of in-home services, the Area Agencies on Aging, and improvements to senior centers. "The lottery needs to expand.
December 5, 2012 |
IT GOT BETTER, but now it's getting worse. For the second time during Mayor Nutter's tenure, civil-rights attorney David Rudovsky is suing the city over prison overcrowding. He filed a class-action lawsuit against the city in 2008 for the same reason, but suspended it last year, after the population dropped below 7,700 inmates. "As soon as the court withdraws its authority, what we've seen is the city and the court system fail to keep the pressure on," says Rudovsky. "The number of inmates rises and we're back in court.