American Indian signs in Chestnut Hill: A situation that warrants discussion

Enemies of Reading, Opinion | July 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Matthew Duques, a professor and new resident of Chestnut Hill who identifies himself as a “social critic,” wrote to this newspaper recently with a concern. A “critique,” actually. He asks why American Indian tribe names are used to name “the tony backstreets that descend toward the peaceful haunts of Valley Green.” Taken […]

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On the Avenue: Modern love

Opinion | July 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Joe Dworetzky has practiced as a lawyer in Philadelphia for 35 years, first as a partner at Drinker Biddle and later at Hangley Aronchick. He served as City Solicitor under Mayor Ed Rendell, and for four years was a member of the School Reform Commission. He moved to San Francisco in 2011 and began a […]

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Nostalgia is a strange and wonderful thing

Opinion | July 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

The Netflix show “Stranger Things” has been a cultural phenomenon. When the show’s third season was released on July 4, Netflix claimed 824,000 of its subscribers streamed all eight of its episodes in the first day. On July 8, Netflix said the show had been watched by 40.7 million subscribers. My son, who just turned […]

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On the Avenue: The sharing economy

On the Avenue | July 12th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Joe Dworetzky has practiced as a lawyer in Philadelphia for 35 years, first as a partner at Drinker Biddle and later at Hangley Aronchick. He served as City Solicitor under Mayor Ed Rendell, and for four years was a member of the School Reform Commission. He moved to San Francisco in 2011 and began a […]

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Best weapon to fight climate change? Trees

Opinion | July 11th, 2019 | Leave a comment

In their book on the history of the Wissahickon, “Metropolitan Paradise,” authors David Contosta and Carol Franklin included a photo taken from the air over the Wissahickon Valley. The image, looking southeast at the distant skyscrapers of Center City is striking for the sea of trees between the camera and the city. One of northwest […]

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On the Avenue: Nickname

On the Avenue | July 3rd, 2019 | Leave a comment

Joe Dworetzky has practiced as a lawyer in Philadelphia for 35 years, first as a partner at Drinker Biddle and later at Hangley Aronchick. He served as City Solicitor under Mayor Ed Rendell, and for four years was a member of the School Reform Commission. He moved to San Francisco in 2011 and began a […]

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Commentary: Biden still favorite among black voters

Opinion | June 27th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Aristarchus Patrinos Joe Biden’s complicated political history in the United States Senate was placed in high relief this week, when he cited his 1970s relationship with two former senators from the Deep South: James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia. Both men were vociferous opponents of the civil and political rights legislation […]

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Sonic warfare against teens?

Opinion | June 27th, 2019 | Leave a comment

I was likely not alone in being pretty surprised to learn last week that the city had opened a campaign of sonic warfare against loitering teens. The story, from the now-WHYY-owned web news outlet Billy Penn, reported last week that Philadelphia officials had installed 30 mosquito sound machines at recreation centers and playgrounds around the […]

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