Month: February 2016

  • Making University City denser

    Nick Bayer, CEO of Saxby’s Coffee, shares his dream of revitalizing Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. The growth of University City has traditionally been led by the Penn, joined more recently by Drexel. A true hub is developing to the point where living, working, and recreating in University City without really needing to cross the river into Center […]

  • Mayfair

    Mayfair

    I visited Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on the border of Philadelphia on Sunday with family. We were there to select the memorial grave marker for my grandparents, who were both buried there in October. After we were finished with those decisions, we drove the half hour or so across town to the Mayfair Diner in Northeast…

  • Evan & Rebecca Pugh

    I wrote this Town & Gown contribution on Evan and Rebecca Pugh, marking Penn State’s Founders Day celebration this month. It’s a small tribute to the first couple that created a Pennsylvania institution that will likely last until the Commonwealth comes apart: Evan Pugh was Penn State’s first president. It’s great if you happen to…

  • Encryption

    The FBI is trying to force Apple to create a weaker version of iOS software for iPhone that would weaken encryption and the device’s fundamental security. Tim Cook has issued this public letter: The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order,…

  • Visiting Happy Valley

    Visiting Happy Valley

    I’m on the way back to Philadelphia after spending 36 hours in State College for the first time in many months. It’s THON weekend at Penn State, which I visited with a few friends in its early hours. Fantastic energy, and I think one of the best traditions in any college community in the country.…