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    Communities

    ‘Knight Cities’ podcast: Paul Levy on how Philadelphia transformed its Center City

    Jan. 7, 2015, 10:07 a.m., Posted by Carol Coletta

    He’s been called the shadow mayor of Center City Philadelphia, and there is no one in America today who knows more about how to cultivate a downtown than Paul Levy.

    Paul is president and CEO of Center City District, the organization supported by property owners that makes the district appeal to businesses and residents alike by keeping it clean, safe, green and active.

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    Communities

    CitizenDetroit: The rebirth of civic engagement in the ‘arsenal of democracy’

    Jan. 7, 2015, 9 a.m., Posted by Irvin D. Reid


    An 8-minute documentary on CitizenDetroit.

    Irvin D. Reid is Wayne State University president emeritus, distinguished professor and inaugural holder of the Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement, and CitizenDetroit co-director.

    Detroit once stood tall and proud. It was a blue-collar boomtown and model industrial center. By World War II Detroit had become the automobile capital of the world known as the “arsenal of democracy,” a nickname the city earned, in part, for switching manufacturing production from cars to tanks during the war.

    More recently, Detroit stood on the edge of financial disaster following decades of disinvestment, declining population and shrinking revenue. Its financial situation was so severe that the governor appointed an emergency manager. And in 2013, Detroit became the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history.

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    Arts

    A look back at December at Reading Terminal Market

    Jan. 6, 2015, 8:28 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Ann Mintz, Reading Terminal Market Reading Terminal Market celebrated the winter holidays throughout the month of December with an unprecedented seven performances: six scheduled, and one popup. The festivities began on Saturday, December 6 with a popup performance by the Philadelphia Freedom Band. The Freedom Band is comprised of...

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