“We’re Philadelphia and we fight.” That’s what Chip Kelly said early in his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. His statement was true, but not for the reasons that Kelly probably thought. We don’t fight because of our association with the rags-to-riches story of fictional boxer Rocky Balboa. We fight because deep lines…

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WHEN COLUMBIA Avenue was Jump Street, and Ridge Avenue was a vital commercial artery that snaked through the heart of North Philly, the neighborhood known as Sharswood was a place where black doctors and teachers provided a middle-class buffer against the scourge of poverty. That changed in 1969, when the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) completed…

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