Positive Thinking

May 7, 2008

The Philadelphia Weekly reports, “Reports about Philly’s lagging economy are misleadingly negative.”

Source: Positive Thinking

Changing Skyline: Three little words hint of a heartening change

May 2, 2008

An Inquirer editorial reads, “Who would have thought that yanking Philadelphia’s city planners out of their 16-year-long politically induced coma would have been so easy? But it took just three choice words to set them on the road to recovery: ‘plan of development.'”

Source: Changing Skyline: Three little words hint of a heartening change

Editorial: Affordable Homes

April 30, 2008

An Inquirer editorial reads, “The nation’s sputtering real estate market hasn’t been the good news one might expect for low-income Philadelphians looking for affordable housing.”

Source: Editorial: Affordable Homes

Editorial: Safe and Sound

April 29, 2008

An Inquirer editorial reads, “Neither the city’s at-risk children nor its taxpayers should miss Philadelphia Safe and Sound when the agency closes its doors.”

Source: Editorial: Safe and Sound

Candidates must stop ignoring cities

April 29, 2008

An Inquirer commentary reads, “We are mayors. And, although we supported different Democratic candidates in the Pennsylvania primary, we are firmly united in our commitment to ensure that all the presidential candidates address a topic critical to the future of our state and our country: America’s cities.”

Source: Candidates must stop ignoring cities

Improving our schools is a smart way to empty our prisons

April 14, 2008

An Inquirer editorial reads, “n the same week this month, a study by a Washington criminal-justice think tank revealed that Philadelphia has the highest rate of incarceration in the country, while another study, by a Maryland-based nonprofit, reported that only half of Philadelphia’s students graduate from high school.”

Source: Improving our schools is a smart way to empty our prisons. Education – not incarceration

The city has lost control of its sidewalks

April 11, 2008

An Inquirer editorial reads, “There are close to 1.5 million people living in Philadelphia, and every one of them is a pedestrian at one time or another. Yet City Hall sometimes seems surprised to learn that people travel on two feet.”

Source: Changing Skyline: The city has lost control of its sidewalks

Changing Skyline: Campaigns ignoring city issues

April 4, 2008

A Philadelphia Inquirer editorial reads, “There are three times as many urbanites in America as country folk, yet you wouldn’t know it listening to the three main presidential candidates, or perusing their Web sites. Instead, you might come away thinking the United States is a collection of Norman Rockwell small towns surrounded by picture-book farms.”

Source: Changing Skyline: Campaigns ignoring city issues

Don’t give up on Wireless Philadelphia

March 31, 2008

Chris Satullo of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, “The nonprofit grew out of a fetching vision: Take a city with a huge digital divide, half its households strangers to the Internet. Use a partnership with a visionary company to propel it to the front of the connected pack.”

Source: Chris Satullo: Don’t give up on Wireless Philadelphia

Getting more from a stadium

March 28, 2008

According to a Philadelphia Inquirer commentary, “Amid all the justifiable enthusiasm of this region’s getting another major-league sports franchise, an important issue seems to have been lost. Part of the reason for spending Delaware River Port Authority and state dollars to attract the new soccer team and build a stadium has been the potential economic development for the waterfront in Chester, one of the nation’s most impoverished cities.”

Source: Getting more from a stadium

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