Archive for July, 2008

I don’t care for the name Center City. “Downtown” seems like such a nice, universal term. Why change? New Yorkers do claim that theirs is the only true downtown, as it is at the southern end of the island. Playing second – or third, or fourth – fiddle on the East Coast would make me […]


  The Times today has a somewhat interesting story on BHO’s University of Chicago teaching stint. I have no problem with the overall content of the story. More or less, it resembles even handedness. Barack was a good teacher. Students liked him. But, he wasn’t interested in the academic elements of the university: he didn’t […]


The Roots

30Jul08

Can’t see trains (in this case, a trolley) in Philly – and be in the city in general – without thinking of The Roots. This song in particular.   


In the past year+ I’ve passed the Brooklyn Museum tens of times. But I’ve never been in. And I like museums. Even art museums. Seeing it again, after a four-month absence, I think I’m intimidated — by its looks. The thing just looks weird as hell. Two very different styles: Beaux Arts and whatever that […]


The newlyweds, Tony and Ashley, let me crash on their floor for a week. They had to step over my sleeping body everyday before leaving for work. Not once was I kicked. This past Sunday we rode bikes to the beach. From their apartment in Prospect-Lefferts Garden to Brighton Beach/Coney Island. A seven-mile ride. Or […]


A sign on a building along the Delaware River in Philadelphia puts it so simply: Dredge the river and get jobs! (And: Notice!: That’s the top of the USS United States in the background.) News stories – published in the last 24 hours – show a discontented public. One has Salem County, New Jersey, officials […]


A South Philly institution, Geno’s claims to have been the first to put cheese on a steak sandwich. Of course, Pat’s, right across the street, actually invented the sandwich. Or so they claim. Not only is the neon signage annoying as hell, Geno’s is the place that makes the big fuss about speaking English. (IE: […]