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Mr. Bezos, We Apologize

The Inky and DN don’t speak for our city, let’s talk

(Photo Left) Can the city broker a winning deal with the retail giant that keeps everyone happy?

What is it with the “Debbie Downers” at the self-proclaimed papers of record on 6th and Market? Earlier this month, on the same day, the opinion pages of both the Inquirer and Daily News felt the need to warn the rest of us about Amazon.

Specifically, sounding the alarm about giving away the store to Amazon —more specifically, Mr. Bezos — in the form of tax breaks and other economic incentives to woo the retail and tech giant to our town.

The set up for these admonishments was Amazon’s release of a Request For Proposal (RFP) asking cities to essentially make them an offer...

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Black Lives Matter Protest Backfires

Neighborhood protest hurts case for releasing officer names

It seems like we at the Point, on a weekly basis, are arbitrating civility, or lack thereof, between Black Lives Matters and some civic adversary. This time, there is enough blame on both sides to go around.

The events leading up to our most recent arbitration are described as follows by whyy.com: “One week...

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Moving Rizzo

LCP submits its proposal

The only thing we are sure about in the debate raging around his statue is that Frank Rizzo would be loving the attention. Rizzo, who fought to remain relevant nearly two decades after first taking office as mayor in 1971, today seems as relevant as ever.  Ironically, Rizzo continues to spark the same debates over his tenure as mayor that he...

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Rizzo, Rocky, and the Political Math of Monuments

What the “Italian Stallion” teaches us about race and symbols

(Photo Left) Confederate memorial by Jud McCranie, Rocky statue by Bobak Ha-Eri, Rizzo statue by RegBarc, all via Wikimedia Commons.

Last week, we spoke to the strategic effectiveness of civil...

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Black Lives Matter Bully Pulpit

Asa Khalif and Isaac Gardener bring tough tactics to tough times

(Photo Left) Black Lives Matter disruption techniques show results in city hall. Logo courtesy of Black Lives Matter.

Last month, it happened again. A press conference hosted by elected officials to...

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No Parking, Baby

Taking sides on South Broad’s median parking

(Photo Left) Battle lines are forming in this latest challenge to South Broad Street median parking. Photo by Salvatore Patrone.

You would think that prohibiting parking in the middle of South Broad Street from Shunk to Washington Avenue...

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What Makes For a Good Congressman?

Clue: It has nothing to do with the number of bills a member authors.

(Photo Left) Congressman Alan Grayson wasted a lot of time authoring bills and amendments that didn’t pass. Photo by Ldl766 via Wikimedia Commons.

The recent allegation that Congressman Bob Brady paid...

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Anti-Violence Review

Charting a new course or just re-shuffling the deck chairs?

Late last month, the Kenney administration decided to confront a rising homicide crisis in our city: 166 recorded homicides to date; up 22 percent from the same time last year; and the highest total through early July since 2012.

Mayor Kenney “announced the establishment of the Office of Violence...

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Black Like… Nobody Part III

How we think an African American operator lost out on diversity points in the medical marijuana selection process

(Photo Left) A portion of one of the heavily redacted Medical Marijuana Grower/Processor Applications.

Last week, we tailied up the diversity scores. This week...

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Black Like… Nobody Part II

All-White marijuana applicants outscore an African American operated group on diversity points

Last week, we railed against the Commonwealth’s failure to select an African American operated marijuana grow application sited in the African American city of Chester. This week we dive into the numbers to find the greatest irony of all: the Chester group failed because it didn’t have enough diversity points.

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Black Like… Nobody Part I

How Governor Wolf and the Department of Health failed African-Americans in medical marijuana licensing.

(Photo Left) Despite diversity policy, there doesn’t seem to be a pot o’gold in the spectrum for African-Americans.. Illustration by LCP staff.

Late last month...

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