Consumers Corner # 26 CYCLISTS: PLEASE LIGHT IT UP FOR YOUR SAFETY’S SAKE! By Jim Murphy While backing into a parking space one dark rainy night in Society Hill years ago, I had my first encounter with lightless bikes. As I struggled to maneuver into a very tight space, three bicycle
Consumers Corner # 25 BIGBELLY TRASH CANS NOW COME WITH HANDS-FREE FOOT PEDALS By Jim Murphy If you are among the good Philadelphia residents who deposit trash in bins and not the street, here is wonderful news. Many of the Bigbelly trash cans in center city now have an easy-open foot pedal.
Three hurricanes have hit home — literally. The worst tragedies inspire some of the strongest displays of unity. As devastation rages, people will join together to help their neighbors, near and far, to ensure survival. The act of community empowerment is necessary to acknowledge the impact, assess the needs,
Actions, Activism & Awareness “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” Mean Girls (2004) Rather than limiting our pink attire and accessories to one day, we are all encouraged to show off more of the bright color throughout the month of October to raise breast cancer awareness. Sports teams redesign their uniforms,
Consumers Corner # 22 How Philly Activists killed the Crosstown Expressway By Jim Murphy If you didn’t live here in the late ’60s and early ’70s, you may not realize how close the area near Old Pine Community Center came to being completely destroyed by a controversial highway. City officials, led
Consumers Corner # 20 Why consumers need protection by the CFPB By Jim Murphy If you’ve ever wondered why many big businesses hate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) so much, consider these stories. John Lukach, a 25-year-old social worker, told the Wall Street Journal he contacted Navient Corp. “probably
Consumers Corner # 19 ACTIVIST OCTAVIUS V. CATTO IS BEING HONORED WITH A STATUE By Jim Murphy Octavius V. Catto (rhymes with shadow), a black Philadelphia renaissance man killed in his prime during a contested political election in 1871, will soon have his own statue on the southwest apron