What I'm looking at is the public conduct of our public leaders, who are not covering themselves with either glory or honesty.
It's time to give another worthy chunk of art a turn.
Zenos Frudakis has some concerns: about safety, a "lost opportunity to educate," and associating the Rizzo statue with statues of Confederate leaders.
It is preparing to ask the Philadelphia Art Commission for permission to move the controversial statue of former Mayor Frank L. Rizzo to a new location.
Mayor Jim Kenney's administration says the Frank Rizzo statue will be moved from outside the Municipal Services Building. What does that mean for his legacy?
The decision to move the statue of the former mayor and police commissioner from its place outside the Municipal Services Building unbottled a torrent of emotion.
The Frank Rizzo statue debate: A look back at the conversation and how we got here.
In the debate over Rizzo's statue, Philadelphia grapples anew with tough questions. Was he a jackbooted tyrant, or a blue-collar hero who maintained order and looked out for the little guy?
A primer on the life and career of the "Cop Who Would Be King" of Philadelphia, including his famous "crumb bum" video, the nightstick-in-the-cummerbund and his multiple attempts to regain the mayor's office.
You can still submit ideas until 5 p.m. Friday.
Now that the nearly 12-foot tall stainless steel pick has been placed firmly in the ground about 100 feet behind the city's most divisive mayor, I must say, I'm disappointed.
Another statue on the Municipal Services patio, artist Hank Willis Thomas' "All Power to All People," is meant as a symbol of black empowerment.
City officials have asked for community feedback concerning the Rizzo statue's fate.
So, it's time to get moving.
The local sculptor who made the Frank Rizzo statue shares his thoughts on the recent controversy.
Because many Italians have assimilated, the bigotry they faced is long forgotten. But now, parts of America want to rid the nation of Christopher Columbus
That the art may enhance the lives of other people has no meaning to them, because the two-bit censors think they have right on their side.
Trattoria owner whose building hosts the Frank Rizzo mural says he finds himself at the center of a debate he didn't sign up for.
John Sheerin is charged with terroristic threats and harassment. He has been removed from the classroom pending a school district investigation.
Decisions regarding Frank Rizzo's statue really need to be thought through.
Mayor Kenney has announced that he will ask the Philadelphia Art Commission to review what the city should do with the monument. Who is on the commission? And what are its duties?
Imagine if people rallied against the city's problems as much as they did that ugly Rizzo statue in the middle of Philly?
My anecdotal research indicates that more Philadelphians favor keeping the Rizzo statue than removing it.
Get ready for more talk about whether the statue stays or goes. The final decision, according to the mayor, will rest with the commission after it holds hearings.
Mayor Kenney's office has submitted a call for suggestions on what to do with the Frank Rizzo statue. The deadline is Sept. 15.
A collection of video excerpts of one of Philadelphia's most polarizing figures.
The former governor advocates moving it elsewhere. He had supported the site when he was mayor.
The late Claude Lewis on Frank Rizzo: "More than anyone else, he polarized people. No matter how much he mellowed, his early years were so incendiary there was no way he could overcome his past."
In total, nearly 60 percent of voters opted to keep Rizzo in a place of honor. Another 35.5 percent voted to demote, recontextualize, or dispose of the statue entirely.
The Philadelphia-based interfaith clergy group POWER held a march against white supremacy. Thousands of people participated.
Calls to take down the statue of the controversial former mayor have resurfaced in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Va.
A monument not talked about is no longer valid.
Amid debate over former Philadelphia Mayor Frank L. Rizzo, we take a look at the hulking bronze monument. How difficult would it be to take down? If the city decides to move it, where might it go?
When there is a great debate over our beliefs and values, it is imperative to ask questions and to think critically about the power and legacy of monuments.
I have a problem with Helen Gym's proposal to rip his image and his presence from our public consciousness.
The processing of history is like an open wound that slowly heals only with careful debate about the often explosive issues at stake.
Frank Rizzo was a kind of white supremacist who doesn't deserve to be celebrated with a statue in front of Philadelphia's busiest government office. But a new generation of Philadelphians ought to learn about what Rizzo stood for.
Celebrate Frank Rizzo in a privately funded facility, not on land funded by the taxpayers.
With the events in Charlottesville, Philadelphians are starting to sound the battle cry against the Rizzo statue once again.
A winter snowstorm hammered Philadelphia on Feb. 23, 1987. I'm not normally a horoscope person, but for some reason I saved my Pisces directive that day: "You'll have reason to celebrate. . . . The boss recognizes your value." I'd like to think that was true. It was my first day working for Frank L. Rizzo.
Octavius V. Catto was murdered by whites in the streets of Center City, on Election Day 1871, as he sought to bring the vote to African Americans.
Police are investigating the 40-plus comments left by Officer Kristine Gillespie-Amato, who lashed out over the removal of former Mayor Frank Rizzo's statue.
On Tuesday, Mural Arts Philadelphia unveiled a temporary installation near the Frank Rizzo statue at Municipal Services Building Plaza near City Hall, a Pop Art Afro pick in the style of the famous Claes Oldenburg "Clothespin." The sculpture, by Philly-raised artist Hank Willis Thomas, is part of Mural Arts' upcoming Monument Lab project.
The original contract between the city and the committee that paid for the monument spells it out.
This story was originally published on March 2, 1992. It was reposted as debate ensued over whether Frank L. Rizzo's Center City statue should be changed or removed.
Vandals have struck again amid calls to remove memorials to the former police commissioner and mayor.
Let's rename Washington Avenue and tear down that statue in front of the Art Museum. George Washington was a slaveholder. Bye-bye, George.
City Councilwoman Helen Gym is arguing for Rizzo's retirement. Jane Golden, head of Philadelphia Mural Arts, said she intends to initiate discussions about the Rizzo mural.