Buzz Bissinger, who wrote Prayer for the City about Ed Rendell, has a NYTimes editorial about the impending death of independent Philadelphia newspapers, as a group of political interests, headed by Ed Rendell, is looking to buy up the local papers.
He argues that, without an independent voice, the local powers that are running Philly into the ground would have no effective check. It's an interesting idea. I have no idea what it would take for Philadelphia to get better. It's a shame. The city really is quite beautiful, and it has a rich history, but the politics of that city are thoroughly rotten.