Category: Ramblings

Data On Homicides In Delaware County

Prof. Lee Smithey and Swarthmore students have created a detailed picture of homicides in Delaware County at Swarthmore College. You can find the project website here, and the data visualizations are available here. WHYY did a nice write-up about the project here. It was clearly a lot of […]

This Week In The Courts

This past week there have been two stories that highlight how America’s failing legal system is affecting us here in Delaware County. The latest outrage making waves on Twitter has seen two people, ages 16 and 18, charged with first degree murder in the shooting of Fanta Billy. […]

Rage Against the Polls

The election results are still trickling in as mail-in ballots continue to be scanned. At this point, the township results are unchanged from before (although the margins of victory are larger), but the Democrats have now swept the county offices as more mail-in votes are counted. I didn’t […]


At the school board meeting this week, a parent complained about two books in the school library. Both books are by LGBT authors of color. Several speakers that followed spoke in response about the many reasons for supporting LGBT youth in our community. And part of that support […]

October Covid Cases

As we get regular emails from the school district about Covid cases, I took a look at the state’s database. Its helpful to look at the trends for the Philadelphia region vs. the state as a whole. The top left is Pennsylvania as a whole while the other […]


Noone I talked to this weekend had a good week last week, so here’s this morning’s rainbow to start off a new week in Garden City in a hopefully better hue.

Housing Affordability

Affordability has long been an issue in the highly active WSSD housing market. Housing prices have risen substantially as Covid has gone on and people have moved out to the suburbs (and further) to find more space for their families. Even before the pandemic, when 310 Wallingford was […]

Solar Panels, part 2

Yesterday we flipped the switch on our solar panels. PECO had completed the last task and left us a note that we were authorized to operate. So its time to write up the process of having solar panels installed. We originally signed a contract for the solar panels […]

Pipelines In Garden City

Today’s big news is that Attorney General Shapiro announced criminal charges against Energy Transfer LP over undisclosed leaks during construction of the Mariner East pipeline. The discharges happened at 22 sites in 11 counties suggesting wide-spread negligence during construction. The company has already paid $16.4 million in fines […]