Solomon Jones

Solomon Jones

Senior Writer & Multimedia Producer

Telling stories

In his final column, Solomon Jones reflects on the work he has done with AxisPhilly in finding the stories behind the numbers that define Philadelphia.

The limits of power

Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf will face each other in November in the race for governor. Which one is best for Philadelphia? Solomon Jones outlines the obstacles facing each man in dealing with the state’s largest city.

Solomon Jones

Who can light the fire?

Who can fire up the black community in this year’s gubernatorial race? Solomon Jones covers a debate among the four Democrats seeking to run against Gov. Corbett and comes away wondering if any of them can.

The ups and down of Obamacare

Allyson Schwartz is making her support of Obamacare a centerpiece of her campaign for governor. Solomon Jones warns that a politician who embraces the new law also may be asked to account for some of its weaknesses and glitches.

Teaching cooking, teaching life

The Philabundance Community Kitchen teaches people how to cook, but it’s more than a culinary school. Solomon Jones reports on a program that has lifted people out of poverty by also teaching them about life.

Enter the Land Bank

Constance Morrow can tell you a lot about gentrification. She lived through it in her old neighborhood of Northern Liberties. Solomon Jones writes about her fate and plans to deal with the realities of a rapidly changing neighborhoods once the new Land Bank is up and running.

ATF investigating Suit Corner Fire

The ATF has confirmed it is leading a joint task force investigating the Suit Corner fire. Initial estimates indicated more than $1 million in damage. The Suit Corner was the companion store to the recently collapsed Shirt Corner Plus. Solomon Jones reports.

Making neighborhoods safer

The city has a grant to enlist entrepreneurs to solve problems and one is going to an Atlanta company that has taken an old idea and adapted it as a new way to fight crime. Solomon Jones explains the story behind Village Defense.

Why we need to vote

Elections have consequences, and Philadelphia has one of the lowest voter participation rates in the state. Solomon Jones ties that low turnout to the lack of power the city has in Harrisburg.

Purse snatch murders

The recent spate of violent deaths of women shot during purse snatchings has led to rallies and vigils and cries of ‘No more.’ Solomon Jones reflects on the grief and the causes of such senseless shootings, done by “empty men.”

Communities must have a say

When proponents speak of the Philadelphia Land Bank as a way to eliminate 40,000 vacant properties, I don’t visualize the empty houses and lots. I think if the people who once occupied those neighborhoods. I think of my own family.

One nation, divided by race

On the heels of the State of the Union address, AxisPhilly columnist Solomon Jones reflects on Barack Obama’s place in history, his unfulfilled promise and what he can mean to the future of black America.

Inside the private meeting on Camelot and Germantown

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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 state of which city?

Philadelphia’s economic boundaries — so brightly drawn in some places that the very air seems different — are much more significant than its physical ones.

Vacant houses bring “squatters”

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.

Problem parking signs: How Manhattan handled it

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 […]