Some Love Lost

  • In the latest from The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, Richardson Dilworth delineates the genesis of another Philly moniker: “the city that loves you back,” a tourism gimmick that is thought to have brought over 1 million visitors to the city. Dilworth argues that the sales-pitch, by attempting to negate the infamous Philadelphia antisocial reputation, also downplays “the mixed history of tolerance and indifference that allowed anyone to come here and do what he or she wanted while the rest of us didn’t care.”
  • The Inquirer reports on the vitriolic legal proceedings of the DiStefano family of South Philadelphia, as the adult children vie for control over the family’s Victor Café, at 1303 Dickinson Street. The restaurant, open since 1920, has made a name for itself with its operatic wait staff, even hosting Luciano Pavarotti at one time.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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