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Squilla bill not the music killer critics claim, but not a smart move either

I’ve always thought South Philly city councilmember Mark Squilla was a solid dude. A nice family guy. A smart, even-headed Mummer and a decent legislator. But then this bill happened. And I’m not as mad as I am bummed that he let this thing get passed in Council and moved to committee.

Last Updated (Monday, 01 February 2016 09:10)


Christmas songs we love to hate

After fleeing the pharmacy because I just couldn't bring myself to listen to one more rumpa-pum-pum, I asked my Facebook friends: "What's your least favorite Christmas song?"

Last Updated (Thursday, 10 December 2015 17:51)


Social media and the scariest presidential debate ever

You guys, I'm scared.

The most-maligned news organization of our time just held the most remarkable televised presidential debate of my lifetime.

Last Updated (Friday, 07 August 2015 17:05)


Andy Frishkoff: Improving Philadelphia starts with ditching parochialism and imagining a better city

For our last installment in our Agenda2015 Streetviews Q&A series, we sat down with Andy Fishkoff from Philadelphia LISC, a nonprofit that provides assistance to community development corporations citywide. We talked about the need to get neighborhood newcomers and old-timers in dialogue about change, why a healthy city requires a holistic approach to community and economic development, and how Philly has a hard time imagining itself as a better city.

Last Updated (Monday, 18 May 2015 14:32)


For musicians, belief in art and the gift of song is the coin of the realm

Gergana Haralampieva, a third-year violin student at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, told a personal story at a special musical First Person Arts storytelling event. Her tale takes place on a very cold day in the Czech Republic, where, as a 10-year-old, she received a gift from a stranger she would keep her whole life.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:27)

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