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James “Jimmy” Tayoun Sr. (1930 - 2017)

(Photo Left) In a city of colorful personalities, Jimmy ran the spectrum. Photo via Facebook.

Note from the Publisher. It is with great sadness that we note the passing of James “Jimmy” Tayoun - a friend, colleague, and most of all, mentor. I first met Jimmy in 1987 in the back of the Middle East Restaurant to discuss politics. Our paths crossed over the years, due to his ubiquitous coverage of the local political scene in his paper, The Public Record. Then, in 2011, we became colleagues in the neighborhood newspaper business. He showed me the ropes. I could not have launched Liberty City Press without his guidance.

He taught me much over the years but what I learned most from Jimmy is that the true richness in life can be found in the selfless desire to help someone...

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Bass Fishing For Answers

DHS scorecard raises more questions than it answers

(Photos from Left to Right) Is the current dismal report card a set up for future success?  Councilwoman Cindy Bass. (R) DHS Commissioner Cynthia...

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Abolish the School Reform Commission

But, let’s slow down and get it right

(Photo Left)  The dismantling of the SRC should be more measured than dramatic.

When you run for mayor, you can get away with campaign promises that have little basis in reality and still win by a landslide. You can say...

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Re-Imagining Independence Part III

USA250: Turning our vision into reality

(Photo Left) A cohesive Independence Park experience could invigorate tourism as the Centennial Exposition did in 1876. 

In the first part of our three-part series, “Re-Imagining...

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Re-Imagining Independence Part II

Our vision of what independence looks like

(Photo Left) Our vision of an expanded Independence Park experience joined by an elevated tram.

Illustration by Salvatore Patrone.

Let’s at least give Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky credit. At least he is trying to re-imagine...

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Imagining Independence Part I

Rethinking Independence Park…Again

(Photo Left) Park designers need to look beyond the usual gimmicks. Photo by Salvatore Patrone.

Last month it was the Mayor’s Office and the Rizzo statue. This month it is the Inquirer and Independence Park. It seems like contests to rethink...

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Don’t Take the Deal Vanessa

Don’t Take the Deal Vanessa

It’s time for an evidentiary hearing on allegations of race-based prosecution

(Photos Left) Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown won’t settle for the same deal that Louise Williams Bishop did.

State Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown...

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Crying in Their Beer

Tavern owners’ uphill battle to get video game terminals

(Photo Left) PA barkeeps are hoping for a winning hand. Photo by Kvuo via Wikimedia Commons.

The last time we can recall the tavern owners of Philadelphia rallying around a legislative initiative was in the...

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Mr. Bezos, We Apologize

The Inky and DN don’t speak for our city, let’s talk

(Photo Left) Can the city broker a winning deal with the retail giant that keeps everyone happy?

What is it with the “Debbie Downers” at the self-proclaimed papers of record on 6th and Market? Earlier this month, on...

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Black Lives Matter Protest Backfires

Neighborhood protest hurts case for releasing officer names

It seems like we at the Point, on a weekly basis, are arbitrating civility, or lack thereof, between Black Lives Matters and some civic adversary. This time, there is enough blame on both sides to go around.

The events leading up to our most recent arbitration are described as follows by whyy.com: “One week...

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Moving Rizzo

LCP submits its proposal

The only thing we are sure about in the debate raging around his statue is that Frank Rizzo would be loving the attention. Rizzo, who fought to remain relevant nearly two decades after first taking office as mayor in 1971, today seems as relevant as ever.  Ironically, Rizzo continues to spark the same debates over his tenure as mayor that he...

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Liberty City Press is an independent weekly newspaper distributed by the Philadelphia Multi-Cultural Media Network whose members include Philadelphia Sunday Sun, The Philadelphia Gay News, Al Dia, The Metro Chinese Weekly and The Metro Viet News.

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