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Solar power can help tackle three interlocking crises our community and country are facing: economic downturn caused by COVID, impending climate disaster, and profound social injustice. We can take … more
Of the common ills social scientists have placed at the feet of social media, one of the most pervasive – particularly on Facebook and Instagram – is the phenomenon known by the acronym … more
We write on behalf of the 30 W. Highland Neighbors, a group of nearly 200 Chestnut Hill residents who are strongly opposed to the proposed development of eight townhomes, with five stories of livable space. more
As any print subscriber to this paper is probably painfully aware, there are big problems with the United States Postal Service. Last year, as the country approached a general election in which an … more
The proposed housing developments at the bottom and top of Chestnut Hill have seemingly sparked similar reactions judging from the newspaper coverage and list serve activity that I have seen. more
In a 1937 book titled "Everyone's Autobiography," Gertrude Stein wrote, "there is no there there," lamenting that her childhood home had been torn down and replaced with an office building. This … more
City officials have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the positive turns the COVID-19 pandemic has taken – last week the city reported two fatalities from the disease, a far cry from … more
Every once and a while book comes along that changes your outlook on life. This just happened to me recently when I read The Age of Wood by Roland Ennos. more
In the last month, just as the promise of a ‘return to normal’ following a year of pandemic isolation, Chestnut Hill has found itself the latest point of focus for the city’s … more
In 1681, when William Penn took possession of Pennsylvania, 2100 native plant species could be found throughout. Europeans had only begun to have an impact on the American forest, which, until the … more
The latest chapter of the culture wars was opened last week when the publishers of Dr. Seuss’s extensive catalog of illustrated books announced it would pull six of them from … more
Feminist activists and historians have long advocated for recognition of women’s unpaid labor. In the course of doing research for my upcoming book, “Feminist Organizing Across the Generations,” I became aware of just how much of this work has not been documented. more
Resilience and wellness is on peoples’ minds right now, and for good reason.  The COVID-19 pandemic makes it clear that those with co-morbidities are at more risk of becoming very ill if … more
As pandemic closures reach their first anniversary, many of us in progressive, blue states feel good about how we “did.” Our public health and elected officials succeeded in putting … more
As a small business owner and a mom, I know what it’s like to need to step away from work to care for loved ones. My husband and I have owned and operated the Night Kitchen Bakery and Cafe in Chestnut Hill for more than 20 years. more
One of the things I’d like to do more in this space is give readers some behind-the-scenes takes about what happens at the Local. In talking to people, I regularly come to understand that the … more
We all want to save the planet. But what does that really mean? more
  Last week, the Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee of the Chestnut Hill Community Association heard several hours of testimony and discussion about a proposed set of townhouses for 30 W. … more
When Carter Woodson helped found Negro History Week in 1926, he had already accomplished quite a lot. more
The year 2021 begins the United Nations’ “Decade of Ecological Restoration,” or the UN Decade. The premise is that saving the planet requires healthy ecosystems. more
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