This once beautiful ship sits rusting in South Philadelphia. I have admired it since I built a model of her as a child. Will it be saved or sold for scrap?
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Photo: Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
In his first inaugural address, President Washington said that the protection of liberty and a Republican form of government are forever entrusted to the American people. These are nice sounding ideas, appropriate for his time. However, we now know that equality is every bit as important as liberty, and that corruption and corporate influence pose a mortal threat to democracy. For our time Washington would need to deliver a much different speech.
From the New York Times:
...nearly all ships lack backup systems to help them return to port should power fail because to install them would have cost operators more money.We love cruises but the recent disasters are a concern. Brand new ships must have back up systems by law but that doesn't help passengers on existing ships. Too bad that operators are not forced by law to make some provisions for loss of power at sea.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
When we lost Young's candy store in our Fairmount neighborhood about seven years ago, we no longer had a traditional old storefront candy shop to go to. However, I just discovered that another one exists in Philadelphia. Shane's Confectionery has been in business in the same location continuously since 1911. It's a charming old storefront shop with a pressed tin ceiling inside, old original cabinetry, and some of the tastiest hand made chocolates we've had in years.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
One of the highlights of my recent visit to the Philadelphia History Museum (the former Atwater Kenet Museum) was this beautiful hand made model of a Baldwin steam locomotive. Baldwin headquarters were in Philadelphia.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Philly Mayor Nutter's plan to make real estate taxes more fair through actual value assessments will penalize residents vs. commercial/industrial interests and cause massive increases to some in gentrified neighborhoods. From today's Inquirer:
Most of the average increases are fairly modest in dollar amounts, though zip codes that cover Fairmount, Graduate Hospital, Queen Village, and South Philadelphia east of Broad Street see average increases between $758 and $819.
The administration previously said more than two-thirds of city homeowners would see taxes go down or increase by less than $400.
Council staffers, who are also crunching the data, also said in a briefing Tuesday that nearly $200 million of the property tax burden is likely to shift from commercial and industrial properties to residential under the current formulas.