The long shadow of Mumia Abu-Jamal

It’s been nearly 32 years since a 28-year-old taxicab driver was convicted of the murder of a Philadelphia police officer and sentenced to death. It might seem improbable to the point of impossibility that this case should have overturned the nomination of a highly regarded and apparently well-qualified nominee, Debo… Continued

A vindication of Philly Mural Arts

Recently in her Philadelphia Inquirer column, Inga Saffron expressed her dismay around the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s latest target: the piers of the Girard Avenue Bridge in Fairmount Park. As the Inquirer’s designated architecture critic and a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, I couldn’t begin to… Continued

Obama defines Promise Zone in Philly

President Barack Obama has directed federal agencies to focus a helping hand on the neighborhood that borders the northern outskirts of Drexel University’s West Philadelphia campus, labeling the area a Promise Zone. First mentioned during last year’s State of the Union address, Obama’s Promise Zone Initiative is designed to channel… Continued

LeBron leads Miami over Sixers

Shockingly, it appears that the Philadelphia 76ers’ season-opening victory over the Miami Heat was a total fluke. The Jan. 17 rematch featured a frustrated Heat team coming to the Wells Fargo Center on a three-game losing streak with the media aflame over their inability to defend, up against a far… Continued

Flyers suddenly on losing streak

After a snowstorm forced the Jan. 21 game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes to be delayed, the two teams took to the Wells Fargo Center ice Jan. 22. After a rough start, the Flyers could not complete the comeback as they fell to the Hurricanes, 3-2. Prior to… Continued