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Can social services-oriented anti-violence programs work in a drug war context?

My most recent article for Next City is about an innovative new anti-violence strategy in Trenton (which suffered the most murders its ever experienced this year). It seeks to scare offenders into putting down their guns and then offer wraparound … Continue reading

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Take him to Detroit

Detroit has been a byword for urban decline for far longer than I’ve been alive. Earlier this year, before the bankruptcy announcement, I wrote about the emergency manager situation for Next City. I recommend reading it (toots own trumpet) if … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Plans To Protect Nutrition Assistance, Despite Federal Idiocy

The federal government’s non-essential services are currently shut down. For me this means a lot of exceedingly useful tools are inaccessible. Data from both the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census are much harder to use now (which will … Continue reading

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Atlantic City Epilogue

I spent a lot of time in Atlantic City for my big Next City profile and specifically in the few independent bars and restaurants that exist outside the walls of the casino-hotel complexes. Flying Kite gave me the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Atlantic City is Weird, Possibly Doomed (and I really like it)

In the beginning of this year I spent a lot of time in Atlantic City, just a short NJ Transit ride away from Philly. It’s a very bizarre little place, with a population of just under 40,000, an urban feel, … Continue reading

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Will someone please give SEPTA some money?

SEPTA’s Capital budget hearings were sparsely populated and super depressing, largely because there just isn’t that much to be done. SEPTA’s capital budget is really small: $308 million (compare with $1.7 billion for NJ Transit). The federal government no longer … Continue reading

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Bikes for all!

Earlier today Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter test rode a bike share, well, bike around Rittenhouse Square. Now we’ll see if he can actually get the $3 million he needs from City Council, where the Mayor may face a much tougher … Continue reading

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Philly Regional Rail System is Great, Nonsensical, and Inequitable

My piece for Next City on the problems, and potential, of SEPTA’s regional rail network. There’s a lot of fun history and weird bits about contemporary labor relations. And there’s no doubt that the system is more oriented towards suburban … Continue reading

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Fare Free Forever!

I love public transportation. I love being able to read, nap, or work while I’m getting where I’m going. I love people watching. And I can only imagine I would love it all the more if I never had to … Continue reading

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In the future, cars will drive you

The 1980s shock comedian Sam Kinison had a bit about drunk driving, a defense of-sorts, that went something like “But how are you going to get your car home?”  (He was later killed by a drunk driver after he himself … Continue reading

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