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POSTED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 12:25 PM

Camden's newest next big thing will be an $82 million waterfront practice palace for the 76ers. 

I'm glad that many folks in this rather sad old town are thrilled to have landed a brand-name development. But I'm troubled by the resiliency of the myth of the megaproject.

Consider the Commerce Building, an eight-story landmark at Broadway and Federal. Vacant for decades (the bustling ground-floor pizzeria is pretty much the sole slice of life), the building was once hailed as the salvation of downtown.  And the notion that buildings alone can rebuild a community has stubbornly endured.

Kevin Riordan @ 12:25 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Monday, June 23, 2014, 4:06 PM

As South Jersey's long romance with PATCO sours,  a love affair between Philadelphia and Septa appears to be blossoming

Commuters from the Jersey 'burbs must endure fiendishly truncated service and maddeningly unpredictable inconveniences of all sorts because of the replacement of tracks and other facilities on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Years of patronage-is-our-most-important-product on the part of the Delaware River Port Authority primed passengers to react...poorly. As well they should.

Meanwhile, car-less urban hipsters merely had to ask before being granted -- with breathtaking if not miraculous speed --  the restoration of 24-hour weekend subway service between booming Center City and the neighborhoods they're stylishly reviving. Props to them, and to Septa.


Kevin Riordan @ 4:06 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Monday, June 23, 2014, 12:24 PM

When it comes to political corruption, as I noted in Sunday’s column, Pennsylvania is only fifth in the nation, according to a new academic study. The study compares violations of federal election laws as state regulations vary.

The Commonwealth takes a backseat to Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and, of course, Illinois, where four of the last seven chief executives have graduated from the governor’s mansion to the big house.

Several readers asked for the report, published in the Public Administration Review, which you can find here.

Karen Heller @ 12:24 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014, 11:15 AM
A Trenton-line SEPTA train moves into place at 30th Street Station after Regional Rail service resumed. (DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer)

Thank the rails, and President Obama’s Saturday executive order, that a regional rail strike did not last the weekend.

We came to love SEPTA late but, as is often true in older romances, without reservations.

For years, we drove to work because the parking was cheaper than mass transit, a flawed business and environmental model.

Karen Heller @ 11:15 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 2:21 PM
Friday Night Fireworks, Wildwood, (10 pm Friday nights through August 30): Visible anywhere in the Wildwoods, but launched at the beach at Pine Avenue, check out the evening display if fireworks only on the Fourth of July just aren't enough for one summer. Visit www.wildwoodsnj.com for more details. (AP Photo)

Cherry Hill Township is canceling its Fourth of July fireworks because of safety concerns.

"Crowd size had grown beyond the capacity of the field at Cherry Hill West, and no other venue in town could safely house the event," the township said  in a posting on its website.

The announcement was buried in a news release headlined: "Music Under the Stars, new outdoor opera headline 2014 Events."

Joseph A. Gambardello @ 2:21 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 11:21 AM

Did you know that Tom Corbett's true oponent in the gubernatorial race is not Tom Wolf but a creature named Obama-Wolf?

Yes, there’s a new critter in the political bestiary, according to daily missives from the Corbett campaign.

To wit, Monday’s “WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT THE JOB-KILLING OBAMA-WOLF WAR ON COAL.” Cap letters are critical tools in political warfare.

Karen Heller @ 11:21 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Monday, June 9, 2014, 10:09 AM
From left, Mimi Muhlenberg, Jan Rutenberg, Gigi Simeone, Maurice Eldridge, and Barry Schwartz protest. (ED HILLE / Staff)

A spooky, sad coda to a Halloween controversy in Springfield occurred last week.

 A Springfield, Delaware County man who hung a skeleton from his maple tree wearing an Obama T-shirt at Halloween -- infuriating neighbors and sparking peaceful protests -- allegedly fired a shot at a local police officer last week that shattered a neighbor's window, the Delco Times reports. George Vucelich was arrested Thursday and charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Karen Heller @ 10:09 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:25 PM

Pennsylvania has a state bird (ruffed grouse), tree (hemlock), fish (brook trout), hound (great Dane), even animal (white-tailed deer, because apparently the grouse, trout and Dane don’t qualify).

But, until now, it has not had a state firearm.

Yes, state firearm.

Karen Heller @ 12:25 PM  Permalink | 0
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