The Sharswood section of North Philadelphia has suffered from blight and neglect for years. Now, with a federal grant, there is a chance there will be a plan to change that. Solomon Jones looks at the potential — and the perils — facing the neighborhood.
Gov. Corbett has refused to expand Medicaid, a move that will affect a million Pennsylvanians, including hundreds of thousands in Philadelphia, where 15 percent have no health insurance. Solomon Jones says it doesn’t have to be that way.
Solomon Jones explored charges of racism and sexism leveled against the Carpenter’s Union by four black women in “Where There’s Smoke.” In Part Two, Jones reveals how ugly the discrimination allegedly became for one woman who worked at the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
The stories are so eerily similar that they could very well describe the same incident. A wary cab driver casts a sidelong glance at a passenger in the rearview mirror. The driver is directed to turn onto an unfamiliar street. A gun is drawn. The driver’s life hangs in the balance.
As students get ready to go back to school, one father worries about the effect the cutbacks and the continuing turmoil in the Philadelphia School District will have on his daughter, a sixth grader in one of the city’s public schools.
“S.O.S.! Save Our Schools!” they shouted, their voices echoing against the tall buildings on either side of Broad Street. As I listened to these students yell for help, I wondered if it would ever arrive.
Community leaders expressed cautious optimism after Wednesday’s private meeting with Councilwoman Cindy Bass and state Rep. Stephen Kinsey about for-profit Camelot Schools’ plan to bring alternative education to Germantown High School. The private meeting, which occurred after representatives from Camelot further detailed the company’s plan to consolidate its three locations at Germantown High School, took place […]
The group that took up residence at the vacant home on the 1500 block of Lindley Avenue was making the elderly neighbors nervous. Every day, they saw the same group of men and women shuttling in and out of the house, having arguments and engaging in suspicious transactions.
A Q & A on parking signs with Michael Bierut of Pentagram, an international graphic design firm. Bierut led the team that redesigned parking signs in New York. What prompted the redesign of the signs in New York? The NYC Department of Transportation has done a whole series of projects to make the streets safer […]