By Steve Volk Edited by Jonathan Valania
In 2007, I wrote a cover story for this publication called “Top 10 Drug Corners,” which ranked the city’s most depressing and dangerous drug corners like Philadelphia magazine ranks pizza or bars or bikini wax salons. After all, when you strip away all the blood and guts and stray gunfire, drug dealing is, at heart, competitive retailing of a rare and precious commodity: Feeling good. There is, of course, a huge market for such a commodity, especially in places that are inhospitable to legitimate business and industry. Which is why the drug trade always seems to flourish in places where angels fear to tread. Philadelphia, one of the poorest major cities in America, has many such places.
By Randy LoBasso
Sources say a new bill that seeks to privatize the PLCB is very high on the Legislature’s agenda (No. 2!), and when House lawmakers return on Sept. 26, the fight over booze is set to get down and dirty.
By Michael Alan Goldberg
Bullhorn in hand, 34-year-old Diop Olugbala—the tall, thin, resolute leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement and, as of Aug. 11, independent mayoral candidate—made it clear it wasn’t just happenstance that the corner of Broad and South streets was the gathering point last Saturday night for a protest against the city’s recently instituted youth curfew in Center City.
By Katherine Rochester
While there’s a motherlode of hardware in the gallery (16 computers, two projectors, a formidable switch and a heap of Internet boosters), it all serves as a base to support the real artwork that exists in the disembodied space of the Internet. This approach works well when the viewer is asked to interact with the artwork, but falls flat in the case of quieter pieces with less arresting content.