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.”
Robert Cheetham has been a self-described “nerd” since he was 10. But, he has a genius for data visualization, an impulse to do good, and has emerged as a leader in the movement to make data open, available and understandable to all. Art Carey writes about the man who’s been called “the godfather of open data” in Philly.
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.
Our newest interactive tool and map tells the story of violence in Philadelphia, revealing information on every shooting and murder in the city since 2003. The numbers do add up: more than 3,400 killed and 15,000 shot during the period we analyzed.
The who and where are revealed by the map. The why often involves the code of the street, the rise of gangs and retaliation.
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By Frank Rubino The downtrodden commercial strip on North 60th Street between Market and Arch Streets includes a barber shop, a check-cashing joint, a hole-in-the-wall Chinese takeout and a bar. The Market Street end is marked by a prominent, three-foot-high metallic “60” that overlooks the block from its perch on a SEPTA El stop. To passersby, unfamiliar with this West Philly […]
The only conspicuous thing about Courtroom 478, located along a dark stretch of hallway in an obscure corner of Philadelphia’s City Hall, is the knot of people you’re likely to find standing outside of it, crying.
By Frank Rubino It’s sunny but cold on this first Tuesday of the year, but the arctic air hasn’t chilled under-the-El street commerce at Philadelphia’s seamiest intersection. More than a dozen men, most of them with soiled clothes and vacant expressions, mill around the Somerset El station on either side of Kensington Avenue yelling “Works!” and “Sub!” […]