Those seeking information about the City of Brotherly Love are finding their lives much easier as of late.
On Sunday afternoon, a line for an Amtrak train out of Philadelphia stretched nearly the length of 30th Street Station, Philadelphia’s central regional rail hub. Screens around the station projected precautionary evacuation procedure plans and exits.
This August, along with reminding me to ignore the liberals and to enjoy Penn State, my family members and neighbors advised me to avoid the “bad parts of town.”
Living in Philadelphia has pushed me further outside of my comfort zone than most of my classes at Penn have.
Undeterred by the rain, Future Civic Leaders, a D.C.-based non-profit aimed at encouraging civic and political engagement in youth, held an all-day workshop on Sunday for Philadelphia high schoolers. Twelve aspiring activists from are high schools spent the day at Hillel discussing problems in their communities, devising action plans and creating petitions.
On Friday, more than 100 middle and elementary school students from the Philadelphia area learned what it is like to spend a day in the life of a college student.
Yesterday morning at Philadelphia’s City Council budget meeting, a hearing was held to convince the city to increase funding for Philadelphia parks by $8 million.
The county ranked last out of 67 counties in measures of health outcomes, which include mortality rates and health factors, such as smoking, air pollution exposure, the percentage of health-insured residents and residents’ education levels.
Like most students, I cannot devote too much time or money to this endeavor. My solution? The Museum Without Walls, an audio tour accessible to anyone with a cellphone (a map printed from the Without Walls website is helpful, but not necessary).
While crime, poverty and unemployment still plague Philadelphia, the city is nevertheless becoming increasingly attractive to young adults, according to the 2012 State of the City Report.
Of the three juveniles charged in a Center City assault of a College senior on Jan. 28, only one pled guilty, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office.
In our text-heavy world, fonts are everywhere — from the page you are reading to the sign on the building you are reading it in to the cellphone that you will likely fish out of your pocket at least once during these 668 words.
Newspapers are not going anywhere anytime soon. What I fear, however, is that the information within those papers, here in Philadelphia, will no longer tell the entire truth or even pretend to. Our view of the world will be narrowed, impaired and propagandized.