Philadelphia

The End of the Rainbow

From 1993: America's Changing Urban Politics

Big cities are turning against Bloomberg-style mayors. This 1993 TNR piece explains why we first turned to them.

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    Four years ago, I wrote a New Republic piece about the magic of local television news—and how that magic had achieved its greatest form in Philadelphia, where a paucity of real celebrities means local-TV anchors are treated like celebrities. 

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Robert Moses Redux

Our new infatuation with old urban titans

Until recently, the titans of 20th century urban planning were remembered as tyrannical bullies. Why that's changing. 

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The Worst Gun Control Idea Has Bipartisan Support

Why states should not pass new mandatory minimums for firearm possession

Why cities should not pass new mandatory minimums for firearm possession.

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The Scourge of Gay Nepotism

Another reason to allow same-sex marriage

Another reason to allow same-sex marriage

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The Real Problem with Gentrification

A phenomenon that revived cities can also make them monotonous

Gentrification, which has helped revive so many cities, has a possibly self-defeating side-effect: Leaving monotonous neighborhoods in its wake. 

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Cabinet appointments were meant to be clashes between the branches of government.

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How Alexander Hamilton and a Swiss anti-Federalist created our country's capitalist system.

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Update: As of 5 p.m. there have been 71,849 calls into Election Protection’s 866-OUR-VOTE Hotline. The trends throughout the day include confusion over voter ID requirements in multiple states; long lines at the polls in part due to early voting restrictions; and inadequate preparation throughout the country—not enough voting machines or polling officials—for a large voter turnout. One of the most significant updates include a number of reports coming out of Pennsylvania—specifically Philadelphia and Pittsburgh—that voters have been wrongfully removed from the voting rolls.

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Obama's Stops Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Obama begins the day in Concord, New Hampshire, a modest population center in the south-central part of the state. Concord and Merrimack County straddle the boundary between New Hampshire’s Democratic-friendly western countryside and the Republican-leaning southeastern and more populous southeastern quadrant. To carry New Hampshire, Obama will need to carry Merrimack County by a modest margin—it was the largest New Hampshire county that voted for Kerry eight years ago. Ft.

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