Caryn Hunt

We Need Better Ideas for Philly’s Waterfront

Between 200- 300 people attended the Casino Town Hall Meeting sponsored by NABR, the Multi-Community Alliance, Representative Youngblood and others. Read PhillyIMC’s coverage here. By all accounts, there were no reasons to be happy about casinos coming to Philadelphia. Vern Anastasio launched a new site: www.nowaterfrontcasino.com. Write Governor Rendell (and while you’re at it, write…

McMenamins: Unique Chain

Oregon natives Mike and Brian McMenamin have redefined the chain operation. In fact, they’ve stood it on its ear. As the Northwest’s fourth largest brewer of boutique beers, operating over fifty establishments in Oregon and Washington, and with sales estimated by CNN at $70-80 million last year, the McMenamin brothers seem to have developed a…

Six Steps to Zoning Reform, Part 2

Last week was Part 1 of my interview with community activist Vern Anastasio, where we talked about some of the steps that need to be taken to promote true zoning and development reform in Philadelphia. The interview continues in Part 2: I was alarmed to read about the recent rulings that stripped taxpayers and certain…

Dear Philadelphia,

I grew up in Miami. I’ve been thinking about cities since I was 15. Since I saw Futureworld and then Westworld. I thought it’d be so cool to build a city from the ground up. Epcot was MY idea. Imagine my disappointment when it materialized in Orlando. Disney beat me to the punch. I took…

Won’t You Be My NABR?

Lacking every resource except conviction, citizens across this city of neighborhoods are banding together to ask important questions about the future of Philadelphia. A the forefront of this struggle is Neighbors Allied for the Best Riverfront (NABR). NABR was formed on April 29, 2006, after worried Fishtown residents had their first look at a proposal…

PennPraxis Plan Unveiling at Seaport Museum Tonight

Come out to the Seaport Museum, beginning at 5:30PM, festivities to begin at 6:30PM. There’s refreshments and free parking too. Harris Steinberg, executive director of PennPraxis, the group that’s been steering the community-driven plan for our Delaware Riverfront, will be handing over the results of the year long process to the City and to citizens.…

Media Reform Now

This year’s National Media Reform Conference is in Minneapolis, Minnesota (an awesome town). All the bright lights in the fight for media reform are gathered here- Bill Moyers, Amy Goodman, Arianna Huffington, Bob McChesney- as well as Philadelphia’s righteous Prometheus Radio Project. It seems strange to me to think there may still be people in…