Every once in a while, we open the morning paper and find a sentence that stops us cold.
In Thursday’s paper, The Inquirer’s Troy Graham crafted such a sentence.
Writing about City Council’s major issues on its fall agenda, Graham noted that one of the items is “Legislation, more than eight years in the making, to create a central land bank for the city’s vast stock of vacant and abandoned properties.”
A South Jersey native who broke his neck diving in North Carolina is undergoing rehabilitation in Georgia.
But in and around Deptford, Stephen Seder Jr's family and friends are holding him close in their hearts -- and raising money in the hope he will be able to walk again.
A benefit walk is set for Saturday, September 21 at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, and a beef-and-beer is planned for Saturday, November 9 at Holy Trinity School Gym in Westville Grove. His supporters also have created a "Stephen Seder Needs Our Help" page on Facebook, where walkers must register by September 17.
The Philadelphia School District’s perpetual crisis and ”doomsday” budget has been with us for much of the year.
Now, because misery likes company, the schools has a rival in causing a local spike Xanax sales.
On Wednesday, SEPTA drafted its doomsday plan, as The Inquirer’s Paul Nussbaum reports, or as it politiely put it "service realignment plan."
I didn't shed any tears as Riverfront Prison was demolished.
As it has done so often -- most often, with unhappy results -- Camden was persuaded in the 1980s to give away prime real estate in exchange for promises of "jobs" at the prison.
But the destruction of the state correctional facility in 2009 surely provided more of a boost than its construction. And those same 16 acres on the Delaware River immediately north of the Ben Franklin Bridge may become home to a $700 million development.
Who needs Six Flags or Hershey Park when PennDOT is offering you the thrill of a lifetime on 130 area bridges?
The department of transportation is limiting heavy vehicles on 1,000 state bridges and 130 in the Philadelphia five-county region.
This has everything to do with the legislature failing to pass Gov. Corbett's transportation funding, one of the three prime initiatives of his administration.
Deptford senior citizen Bobbie Simon remembers spending hours on the telephone with Frank Fulbrook, the Camden activist who died last week and whose funeral was Friday at Sacred Heart Church. Frank was 64 and to my knowledge never had a brief conversation, on or off the phone, in his life.
“I knew more about Camden from him than I read in the paper,” Bobbie tells me from her seat in the front pew, a spot reserved for family.
Bobbie, you see, is Frank’s mother. And as people from all over the city and beyond file past the open casket, she and I chat briefly about the unusual and utterly dedicated public servant who was her son -- a blue-collar boy who grew up to become his city’s champion.
This week’s Public Art Commission hearing, specifically the portion devoted to a proposed 9/11 memorial, was a lesson in civic and aesthetic discourse.
Jeffrey Little, a contractor with no art background but with political connections, sketched the design on a napkin and gained the approval of Mayor Nutter and Democratic party boss Bob Brady, plus a plum site in Franklin Square.
As The Inquirer’s Inga Saffron reported, “But the Philadelphia Art Commission hated its design — a cartoonish, half-scale Liberty Bell strung between nine-foot replicas of the Twin Towers.”