Top 5 Live-Wednesday October 28

Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday  October 28 1. Nutter: Dissolve the School Reform Commission Mayor Nutter on Tuesday recommended replacing the School Reform Commission, which has governed the Philadelphia schools for the last 15 years. In a major policy speech, Nutter advocated creation of a Board of Education that would be composed of five people picked by the…

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Spike Lee gentrification rant hits home

WHEN SPIKE LEE went on a profanity-laced tirade about the racial injustice of gentrification, he was not just speaking for himself. He represented a generation of African Americans who have watched rich, often white, homebuyers move into poor, often black neighborhoods, and secure the types of services the previous residents never got. I’ve chronicled this…

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Communities must have voice on Land Bank

WHEN DEVELOPMENT proponents speak of the Philadelphia Land Bank as a step toward eliminating the city’s 40,000 vacant properties, I don’t visualize the empty houses and lots. I think of the people who once occupied those neighborhoods. I think of my own family. In 1925, when my great-grandparents arrived in Philadelphia from Camden, South Carolina,…

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