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.”
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.
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.