Streetscape: A mini-park on the Avenue

Opinion | July 14th, 2017 | Leave a comment

A column about local architecture, urban design and city planning. by Diane Fiske For the past year or so, an often muddy, eighth-of-an-acre lot behind the Weaver’s Way Co-op on Germantown Avenue has become a tiny oasis with seating for 40 or more people around trees and boulders arranged in an inviting setting, complete with […]

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The best medicine

Opinion | July 13th, 2017 | Leave a comment

This week, we have a short article by summer intern Jan Alex on a new program by Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, in which CHOP doctors are prescribing outdoor activity to children. The idea behind the program, called NaturePHL, is straightforward. Citing […]

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Commentary: Trump’s Pride Month snub won’t stop progress

Opinion | June 29th, 2017 | 9 Comments

by Eric Dolente Rainbow-colored banners and flags cover the month of June from parades in the streets of cities across the country, to social media outlets in solidarity and “Pride” for those who are members and supporters of the LGBTQ community. One member of our country who failed to acknowledge June’s month of Pride, however, […]

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Shirley Hanson: A cornerstone of Chestnut Hill history

Opinion | June 23rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Frank Niepold In 1966, the nation’s interest in historic preservation had begun to surge – culminating that year in the creation of the National Register of Historic Places and in many individual efforts across the nation, including Chestnut Hill. That same year, the local chapter of the VFW wished to reduce the size of […]

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City demographics not represented by building trades unions 

Opinion | June 22nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Jay A. McCalla Anyone who’s been even causally paying attention to the tortuously dull, partially public, negotiations over Mayor Kenney’s $500 million Rebuild (renovations of recreation centers, libraries and parks) could be forgiven if he or she feels they had returned to the 1970’s. Hearkening back to the movie Groundhog Day, black Council people […]

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Who’s the fool in presidential shtick show?

Opinion | June 21st, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Stan Cutler We are fascinated by the president’s shtick. When we tune to our favorite news channels or read what’s printed, his latest mockeries are the headlines and top-of-the-show stories. As defined by Google, “shtick is a gimmick, comic routine, style of performance, etc., associated with a particular person.” Trump’s shtick attracts more interest […]

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Party lines drawn on suburban lawns

Opinion | June 14th, 2017 | 1 Comment

Partisan politics have a long history of the ridiculous, but I’m not sure anything in the history of partisan politics is as ridiculous as the brewing war of suburban lawn signs. The opening volley was the spread of “Hate Has no Home Here” signs, which had their origin in the North Park neighborhood of Chicago […]

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New police HQ funds better spent elsewhere

Opinion | June 9th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Jay A. McCalla “Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.” This is indubitably the case in Philadelphia government where ribbon cuttings and blame sweeping are two favored activities. On the most grand and egregious scale, we recall the awful action the city took against MOVE, resulting in the destruction of more than […]

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Shopping the Avenue as a teenager in the 1980s

Opinion | June 8th, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Camilla Okamoto I turned 13 in 1980. The 1980s, therefore, was a pivotal decade for me; encompassing all of high school and all of college. Back then, I was a bit of a hippie – loving Fleetwood Mac and living at El Quetzal. Thinking of all of this recently, reminded me of the many […]

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