May 12, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Flawed policies, social biases, and a lack of imagination are hurting Pennsylvania's cities, Gov. Wolf says. Urban residents pay more than they should for utilities, he believes. Infrastructure development follows sprawl. Racism has led to segregation of residents. And even advocates may privately consider cities "a tough bet. " "The truth is, if we actually had a level playing field, the cities would do quite well," Wolf said Tuesday. The governor, a Democrat who grew up in a small town but later became involved in urban issues, offered the glimpse into his view of the importance and treatment of urban areas during a conference hosted by Keystone Crossroads, a public media project exploring challenges facing Pennsylvania cities.
April 28, 2016
By Sam Phillips, Rick Flinn, and MaryAnn Tierney Pennsylvania is one of the most flood-prone states in the nation, with Philadelphia and the southeastern region being the most susceptible, according to the commonwealth's 2013 Hazard Mitigation Plan. Storms that create flooding often are part of severe weather systems that also include thunder, lightning, and tornadoes. The costliest natural disaster in the United States in 2015 was due to severe thunderstorms, which caused approximately $13.4 billion in losses according to Statista, a website that culls and analyzes statistics.
February 10, 2013 |
Picture yourself creating a city with nothing but recycled materials and your imagination to help you along the way. For the pupils at St. Lucy Day School in Juniata Park, the focus was on confidence and pride - and developing a new city in Argentina named Fresco y Limpio, meaning "fresh and clean" in Spanish. It was fashioned from mostly recycled materials, including boxes, bottle caps, broken computer parts, and newspapers. The eight St. Lucy's pupils won two awards at the Jan. 26 Future City competition, for best use of recycled materials and best use of technology in transportation.
October 24, 2012 |
A JUDGE RULED earlier this month that a state-approved voter ID was not needed to cast a ballot in the presidential race Nov. 6, but voter-rights advocates say state billboards about the law are confusing people. Like the 10 ads placed in predominantly Hispanic communities with a photo of a woman holding up her driver's license. "Esta jornada electoral si la tienes muestrala, " it reads in Spanish, which means: "This Election Day, if you have it, show it. " "It's causing confusion with voters and now a lot of anger in the Hispanic community," Juan Ramos, a former Philadelphia City Council member and head of the Delaware Valley Voter Registration Education Project, said at a news conference in City Hall on Monday.
August 28, 2012
By Charles Kenny There is something viscerally repulsive about slums: the stench of open sewers, the choking smoke of smoldering trash heaps, the pools of fetid drinking water filmed with rainbow chemical spills. It makes poverty in the countryside seem almost Arcadian by comparison. The rural poor may lack nutrition, health care, education, and infrastructure; still, they do the backbreaking work of tending farms in settings that not only are more bucolic, but also represent the condition of most of humanity for most of history.
August 2, 2012 |
August begins with another round of July-like weather, with thunderstorms expected today, followed by a possible heat wave - and more thunderstorms. "Heat index values, particularly in urban areas, could approach 100 degrees Friday through Sunday," according to the National Weather Service. Today, showers and thunderstorms could develop by midday, with "gusty winds and heavy downpours" possible. The threat could continue through the afternoon rush hour, but should diminish by nightfall.
October 24, 2011 |
As a conservative candidate for governor, Chris Christie visited New Jersey's deeply liberal and severely impoverished urban areas. He filmed a campaign ad at Camden's infamous Tent City homeless encampment. And he released a list of 11 policy promises for "bringing back New Jersey's cities. " But nearly two years into his term, the Republican governor has fulfilled only one of those promises and has not publicly prioritized the others. (See below for a list.) As many as four tent cities exist in Camden, hungry children are increasingly visiting the city's main soup kitchen, and the depleted police force struggles to fight rising crime.
September 23, 2011
Due to flooding, Martin Luther King Boulevard has been closed by police Friday night between Montgomery Drive and Falls Bridge. Heavy rains have swollen the Schuylkill River and other waterways around the region. A National Weather Service warning is effect until 11:30 p.m. for flooding in urban areas and small streams in Philadelphia and surrounding counties. -Robert Moran
April 5, 2010 |
It was one of those miserable, 40-degree, windy-and-rainy days so typical of March 2010. Yakima Coles had an appointment for a follow-up with her 3-month-old son, Hezekiah, who was born seven weeks premature. He was so early that he stayed in the hospital for three weeks after birth. But Coles couldn't make it that day to the Helen O. Dickens Center for Women's Health clinic at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The trek to West Philadelphia from her Fairmount home, about 2.4 miles, was just too much.
January 18, 2010
Reid comments from another era I was so relieved and happy to read your editorial "Seeing the light" Thursday. I totally agree with your sensible, enlightened interpretation of Sen. Harry Reid's remarks about Barack Obama's assets for winning the 2008 presidential race. I am an octogenerian and grew up thinking the word Negro had dignity and was very respectable. In reading Reid's remarks, and knowing his involvement in civil rights, I did not detect racism. I was dismayed when he had to get on his knees and apologize to the president and the world because the Republicans are always looking for ways to dishonor Obama and his allies.