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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 it but chose not to. John Street focused on neighborhood real estate hoping to bootstrap the problem through revitalization to no avail. Nutter had a collapsing economy, spending most of his time plugging holes in the budget dyke.

Jim Kenney and Darrell Clarke have now decided to take it on, invoking the Pottery Barn Rule: you break it, you own it. 

“Again and again, we’ve told the people of Philadelphia that the state of their schools are someone...

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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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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...

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