The editors at Amtrak’s Arrive magazine let me write a feature about Harlem for readers along the Northeast Corridor. The photographs really make the story in a way that we don’t appreciate as well in the online world. I was very lucky to get both time and quotes from some of Harlem’s smartest residents, too.
For Labor Day weekend last year the family and I drove to Pittsburgh to spend the weekend with friends who had been living there while working on a movie. Being a Philly guy I had always thought of our cross-state rival not so much as a competitor but more like an under-achieving cousin.
Boy was I wrong. I returned from that holiday weekend and explained to my Philly friends that Pittsburgh is what Philly could have been if it had a decent mayor and set of business leaders during the last decade. I pitched a few articles about it and AirTran’s inflight mag Go let me do a Pittsburgh 101-style piece for its “The List” feature.