Category Archives: livable cities

Starbucks helps widen the great divide


Headline from an opinion piece by a lifelong black resident of Philadelphia: “Starbucks wasn’t created for black folks, it was made to push us out.” The piece appeared this week in response to the widely reported arrest of two young … Continue reading

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Alarming stats on sea levels


Is must be asked — what sort of “ambitious measures” could possibly hold back the ocean? From The Raw Story: Sea-level rise is occurring much faster than scientists expected – exposing millions more Americans to the destructive floods produced by … Continue reading

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Obama the bold: Criminals shouldn’t have AK-47s


On gun control, as on most issues, Mitt Romney is a double-talking wimp who contradicts his own prior views. Even if he personally believed in laws against civilian access to assault weapons, he would toe the NRA line out of … Continue reading

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In Philly, taxed extra for paying taxes


Just what a struggling major city needs — more property tax hikes for tax-paying property owners, in order to make up for the huge amounts owed by deadbeat property owners, many of whom don’t even live in Philly: From Patrick … Continue reading

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South Philly saints come marchin’ in


This is in case you missed the May procession held today under a soul-piercing blue sky on Philly’s Italian Market. Kids in white suits and dresses, followed by statues of solitary saints on floats pushed by local parishioners, with a … Continue reading

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Socialism is not a dirty word


I saw this video at Suburban Guerrilla and thought of all the people I know who probably didn’t see it… In his travels, journalist and author David Cay Johnston talked to a dozen tour-bus drivers in beautiful downtown Stockholm and … Continue reading

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Beset by wenches at S. Philly parade


I forgot about the Mummers Parade yesterday, as I do every New Year’s, until I literally ran into it while jogging at midday. A dense crowd on the sidewalks at Broad and Washington was cheering, sort of, for a string … Continue reading

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