As featured on NewsWorks Tonight, January 12, 2012. A group of homeless Philadelphians go in search of a place to maintain the tent community they’d built in the relative safety … Continue readingHow Occupy Philly Highlighted Wider Desire for Homeless Community Outside of City Shelters
By Isaiah Thompson Published: 04/04/2011 On Saturday, as neighborhood groups around the city organized spring clean-ups, about 60 neighborhood activists, residents, and city and Conrail workers got down to (the beginning … Continue readingNeighbors, City and Conrail take first steps to clean up Kensington “Wasteland”
The entrance to Prevention Point, the only government-sanctioned syringe-exchange operation in the Philadelphia region, doesn’t look like much from the street: It’s a drab gray door down a set of … Continue readingPhilly’s syringe-exchange program faces a dangerous shortfall
Last week — more than two months after Mayor Michael Nutter called a hasty press conference to announce a ban on giving away free meals in city parks — a … Continue readingMan in the Middle: Amid the feud over the city’s hungry homeless, radical pastor Bill Golderer sees a moment of opportunity.
In a city that’s seen development slow down in the recession, the rush to build around Temple is so frenetic that new structures pop up almost overnight. Whole blocks have … Continue readingThe Land Grab: Cowboy developers are running roughshod over Temple’s neighbors. Is there a sheriff in town?
This article originally appeared in the January 19, 2012 edition of the Philadelphia City Paper, now defunct. The author does not own the copyright. The Rise of Darrell Clarke From … Continue readingThe Rise of Darrell Clarke: From John Street protégé to City Council president.
On Wednesday, Philadelphia unceremoniously found itself in the middle of one of the nastier fights in the country right now: that over whether states should require photo ID at polling … Continue readingGOP trumpets rampant Philly voter fraud in a report that doesn’t show it.
The story of the Jan. 23 murder of Reyna Aguirre-Alonso — the story, that is, as it was told to the public — began as simply as any in a … Continue readingTragedy of Errors: How Philadelphia failed murdered bodega clerk Reyna Alonso
As hundreds of activists, clergy, legal observers and sympathizers poured into City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza to stand in solidarity with Occupy Philly on Nov. 27, the eve of its eviction … Continue readingDown and Out: The city’s homeless search for their place in a post-Occupy Philadelphia
I’m honored to announce that my 2011 Philadelphia City Paper piece, “Why is Harry Bennett Dead?” has been selected as the first place winner of the Division 5 Pennsylvania Newspaper … Continue reading“Why Is Harry Bennet Dead?” — investigation wins 1st Place Keystone ‘Investigative Reporting’ award
Currently, a group of homeless individuals who had been living in tents with — and, in many cases, actively participating in — Occupy Philly, has set up a tentative encampment … Continue readingHomeless at Occupy Philly, now under a bridge: Interview (unedited): with ‘Kenny O’
Making people like you is one way to get famous; making people hate you is another. If geologist Arthur Berman is getting well known, it’s via the latter route. For … Continue readingThe Nay-Sayer: Meet the controversial geologist who says natural gas isn’t making money.
Greg Wilkerson and “Rocking Ron” Jordan have both had troubled pasts: Greg was a gangster, Ron’s not long out of prison on various charges. But both have found a calling … Continue readingLiving off Scrap: How two men found their calling in the garbage.
After rising a wave of Obama-esque optimism into Philadelphia’s City Hall, Mayor Nutter’s now got just about everyone in the city mad at him: that just might be his … Continue readingThe Nutter Equation: Everybody is mad at the mayor; maybe that’s his greatest strength.
Just hours after Mayor Michael Nutter declared a citywide emergency and urged Philadelphia residents to stay in their homes, SugarHouse Casino was alive and humming with gamblers, not a few of … Continue readingWho’s in a casino during a hurricane?
Credit: Isaiah Thompson In 2009, the Philadelphia Police Department purchased 1,000 new Tasers — to be used, in theory, instead of gunfire in appropriate cases. But while Taser use … Continue readingTaser use by Philly cops has tripled — while gun use, instead of decreasing, is up.
Stealing a house in Philadelphia turns out to be so easy you can do it by mail. An investigation by City Paper reveals that despite promises of reform, the … Continue readingGrand Theft Rowhome: In Philly, stealing a house is as easy as signing your name.
In July, 2010, 52-year-old Air Force veteran Harry Bennet was tasered and then fatally shot by Philadelphia police, who told newspapers he was shot only after a taser failed … Continue readingWhy is Harry Bennet Dead?
Posted on Thu, Mar. 10, 2011 By Isaiah Thompson Of the many, many terrible things that have happened to Theresa Lugo in front of her house, getting stuck in the … Continue readingThe Wasteland: A neglected railroad has become a neighborhood nightmare