Council President Darrell Clarke is taking a lot of flak for his plan to split new tax revenue between the school district and the city’s pension fund. Solomon Jones comes to Clarke’s defense, saying it is just one part of a broader plan.
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.
Rob McCord has aired an ad criticizing Tom Wolf, his opponent for the Democratic nomination for governor, of acting improperly by supporting a man who was a racist. Solomon Jones examines the case and says that Wolf should stand up and address the issues raised by the ad.
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.
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.
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.
Edwin Desamour spent eight years in prison for murder. Now, he and other ex-offenders are on a mission to make sure a new generation does not follow that path. Solomon Jones writes about the energetic founder of the group called MIMIC.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Linda Reid desperately needed health insurance for her ill daughter. Help was supposed to be there, if only they would answer her phone calls. Solomon Jones writes about one case from the new world of health care.
For Philadelphia, 2013 was filled with crushing lows and euphoric highs, but the biggest stories shaped us, made us better, and united us in ways we could never have imagined. Solomon Jones looks at the events that shaped the year.
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.