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SRC You Later, Part II

Now for the hard part: finding the money.

You’ve got to hand it to Mayor Kenney, he does like to lay out a bold vision for the future of our city:  “I have a vision of a child that is leaving a quality pre-K in June and entering kindergarten in September; who is prepared to progress through 8th grade and do well; and then make a choice to go to a regular high school, an accelerated high school, CTE school, and do well there; and then have the opportunity to go to college or to graduate school.”

P. T. Barnum had vision too: “There is a sucker born every minute.”

The mayor’s decision last month to take over the responsibilities of the School Reform Commission admittedly caught us by surprise, given that just a week before he was prevaricating on such a move.  But take over he did, which left...

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SRC You Later, Part I

The Pottery Barn Rule

(Photo Left) Regardless of who broke the schools first, with SRC's departure, it's up to the city to make it work now.

Wilson Goode didn’t have the political clout to deal with it. Ed Rendell had the political clout and the economic surge to deal with...

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#FreeMeekMill

Judge must be held accountable for unfair sentencing

(Photos Left) Free Meek Mill busses have been spotted cruising the Philadelphia streets. Photo by Salvatore Patrone...

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James “Jimmy” Tayoun Sr. (1930 - 2017)

(Photo Left) In a city of colorful personalities, Jimmy ran the spectrum. Photo via Facebook.

Note from the Publisher. It is with great sadness that we note the passing of James “Jimmy” Tayoun - a friend, colleague, and most of all, mentor. I first met Jimmy in 1987 in the back of the Middle East...

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Bass Fishing For Answers

DHS scorecard raises more questions than it answers

(Photos from Left to Right) Is the current dismal report card a set up for future success?  Councilwoman Cindy Bass. (R) DHS Commissioner Cynthia...

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Abolish the School Reform Commission

But, let’s slow down and get it right

(Photo Left)  The dismantling of the SRC should be more measured than dramatic.

When you run for mayor, you can get away with campaign promises that have little basis in reality and still win by a landslide. You can say...

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Re-Imagining Independence Part III

USA250: Turning our vision into reality

(Photo Left) A cohesive Independence Park experience could invigorate tourism as the Centennial Exposition did in 1876. 

In the first part of our three-part series, “Re-Imagining...

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Re-Imagining Independence Part II

Our vision of what independence looks like

(Photo Left) Our vision of an expanded Independence Park experience joined by an elevated tram.

Illustration by Salvatore Patrone.

Let’s at least give Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky credit. At least he is trying to re-imagine...

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Imagining Independence Part I

Rethinking Independence Park…Again

(Photo Left) Park designers need to look beyond the usual gimmicks. Photo by Salvatore Patrone.

Last month it was the Mayor’s Office and the Rizzo statue. This month it is the Inquirer and Independence Park. It seems like contests to rethink...

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Don’t Take the Deal Vanessa

Don’t Take the Deal Vanessa

It’s time for an evidentiary hearing on allegations of race-based prosecution

(Photos Left) Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown won’t settle for the same deal that Louise Williams Bishop did.

State Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown...

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Crying in Their Beer

Tavern owners’ uphill battle to get video game terminals

(Photo Left) PA barkeeps are hoping for a winning hand. Photo by Kvuo via Wikimedia Commons.

The last time we can recall the tavern owners of Philadelphia rallying around a legislative initiative was in the...

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