Category Archives: Philadelphia

The Surprising Decline of Crime

“After the Fall,” by Adam Gopnik. The New Yorker, 2/12 & 19/2018. A major social change has occurred in the past roughly 30 years, but it has gone almost unnoticed. It has been called “the great crime decline.” Violent crime … Continue reading

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The Eagles Frenzy Is Over

The Eagles won the Super Bowl and had their parade down Broad Street and up the Parkway, ending at Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum. (The Parkway and Art Museum, a beautiful area away from center-city congestion, is … Continue reading

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Eagle Mania

Philadelphia is in the midst of Eagle football mania. Local news programs are filled with bar scenes of yelling, drunken millennials in Eagles shirts, some even in face paint, claiming they are number one! One news clip showed a kindergarten … Continue reading

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Shanghai Businesses

This is a photo I took from a bus window as we rode through the streets of Shanghai several years ago. It shows typical Chinese businesses at two levels of sophistication. Local Chinese businesses typically begin in one room, about … Continue reading

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Shanghai’s Pudong And Philadelphia

This view of the Pudong business district in Shanghai often illustrates advertisements and articles about international corporations expanding into China. It all looks new, modern, and spiffy.  The TV tower with the ball on the left is distinctive, and is … Continue reading

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Who Made the Liberty Bell?

“Liberty Bell,” Wikipedia. “The Liberty Bell,” this blog, 4/16/2017. Our own Fred Weinstein sent me photos he took on a trip to London in 2009 where the firm Whitechapel Bell Foundry claimed to be the manufacturer of the Liberty Bell.  … Continue reading

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The Liberty Bell

“Saved By the Bell,” by Stephen Fried.  Smithsonian, 4/2017. (This was my starting point. As always, refer to the original for details and accuracy.) I know, I know—I just lost all of the Philadelphia readers.  Nobody in or around Philadelphia … Continue reading

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