Chuck Stone: The Columnist Who Saved Lives

Back when Chuck Stone was a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News (from 1972 to 1991), it wouldn’t have been advertising hype to say that he was the most trusted man in the City of Brotherly Love. People put their faith in Stone, who died on April 6 at age 89 in Farmington, N.C. It wasn’t just his street-smart knowledge of the city and the elegant old-school prose decorated with 0bscure words. They believed in his essential goodness, in the …

How You Can Make Your Town Safe and Walkable for All

All Sarah Clark Stuart wanted was for her family to be able to safely access the Schuylkill River Trail, just across the tracks from the Philadelphia neighborhood where she lived. But the passing of freight trains made the crossing unsafe, especially for her then-young children, and also for the many older adults who lived nearby. For them, the trail was an invaluable place to exercise or safely travel by foot or bicycle. It also built a sense of community. But …

In Philadelphia, New Voter ID Law Hits Elderly Voters the Hardest

Over 80 years old and living in Philadelphia? Then there’s more than a one in four chance that you don’t have the identification you’ll need to vote this fall, according to an analysis by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Pennsylvania’s controversial new voter ID law requires voters to produce a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID before they are allowed to cast a ballot. Critics charge that the law - which the American Civil Liberties Union is challenging in court - will disenfranchise …

Bruce Springsteen: “Mom, Will You Dance With Me?”

“Not too bad for almost 90!” – The Boss, about his mom. This makes my entire week.

Philly Mag Cover Tells Off Baby Boomers

On my way to a conference to speak about our mobile apps, a magazine cover caught my eye at the newsstand in the Philadelphia train station. Well, it was more like a whack in the face seeing a photo of an iPad on the front of the March 2011 issue of Philadelphia Magazine with this message overprinted on the screen: Dear Baby Boomers, JUST DIE ALREADY. (We’ll take Philly from here. Thanks.) xoxo, Generation X As a proud iPad-owning baby …