Two articles in today's Inquirer jumped out as useful to people trying to get a handle on Philadelphia politics.
- Tom Ferrick responds to some recent letters and fleshes out a portrait of Northeast Philadelphia, its history and the uncertainties of transition. Along the way, he rebuts the common tendency to lay the blame for all unhappy changes at the feet of Mayor Street.
- Tom Fitzgerald has a profile of Chaka Fattah as a Congressman and as a mayoral aspirant. It does a pretty good job of describing his strengths and some of his perceived weaknesses. Most amusing (and perplexing) to me was this throwaway bit:
He also has a pending proposal to abolish the federal tax system and replace it with a national transaction fee.Come again?? Anyway, worth a read for those in his district as well as those mulling the mayoral field.