Ghost-Towns

On the older work page of this site, I talk about occupying ghost-towns as a metaphor for the places we've been mentally, emotionally, vocationally, digitally.   In some cases, the journals where I first published flash fiction, prose poetry, and other work no longer exist.  The pages don't load.  The links are broken. In other cases, … Continue reading Ghost-Towns

Freeganism, Food Deserts, Free Markets: Where the Invisible Hand Fears to Tread

I help convene a monthly discussion series at the Allentown Brew Works called Beerituality.  Last week, we welcomed guests Cathy Frankenberg and Jon Geeting and wrestled with the topic of food deserts in the urban cores of the Lehigh Valley.  Cathy is a founding organizer of an initiative to establish a food co-op in neighboring … Continue reading Freeganism, Food Deserts, Free Markets: Where the Invisible Hand Fears to Tread

Dear Wealthy School Districts: It’s Not Your Money, Anyway (A Note About Non-Property Taxes and the Earned Income Tax in Our Cities)

Even if you don't live in Allentown or the Lehigh Valley, if you're interested in infrastructure, urban renewal, and stopping suburban sprawl (let's call it "mall creep"), this post is for you. As you might know, the former Philadelphia Phantoms are coming to Allentown.  The Phantoms are the top-level developmental affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, … Continue reading Dear Wealthy School Districts: It’s Not Your Money, Anyway (A Note About Non-Property Taxes and the Earned Income Tax in Our Cities)

Spencer Soper for the Pulitzer? Yes, Please!

Spencer Soper's award-winning work on the deplorable conditions at an Amazon fulfillment center here in the Lehigh Valley has earned the Morning Call writer a  nomination for journalism's greatest honor:  The Tribune Co. is nominating Soper's Amazon exposé for a Pulitzer Prize.  I've talked about Spencer's work a good deal in this space, and it's … Continue reading Spencer Soper for the Pulitzer? Yes, Please!