When this movement goes quiet, what will be left for Black people?
Wrestling with silence
Silence is complicity. But what happens when you’re Black and you’ve been silent? What are you being complicit about? Kyle V. Hiller considers a different kind of silence.
Riots in Philadelphia: At BSR, this is why we said what we said
Here all along
Especially when our city is in crisis, BSR is a team. This is not the beginning of the work for editors Alaina and Kyle. And it’s far from the end.
Should 2020 be the year I try camping again?
Escape from Periwinkle Park
What was so bad about camping, anyway? After two and a half months of stay-at-home in South Philly, Alaina Johns tries to remember.
Who will be able to return to normalcy once quarantine is over?
When it hurts to feel safe at home
As states reopen before the coronavirus is contained, Kyle V. Hiller considers how a stressful Sunday stroll served as a preview of what life will be like post-quarantine.
I thought we were in this together. If others are ending quarantine, why not follow?
You’re going where?
Our #FlattenTheCurve quarantine was hard enough when solidarity abounded and we stayed home together. But how does it feel when others decide to start venturing out? Alaina Johns is anxious.
For Philly arts to survive beyond 2020, we need some positive pessimism
This is not a mutiny
In the face of a proposal to kill Philly’s office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Kyle V. Hiller says positive pessimism will help the arts bounce back.
Will we let the City of Philadelphia defund the arts because of the pandemic?
Not a cut. A collapse.
Last week Mayor Jim Kenney released a proposed 2021 budget, revised for life during and after the pandemic. It would eliminate the city’s arts office.
Before we cancel in-person meetings forever, can we make email less annoying?
Sins of the inbox
Some people are exclaiming about the benefits of canceled meetings—but if that means even more emails than before, Alaina Johns isn’t ready.
Especially in Philly, don't ignore the storm brewing around a global pandemic
Nice weather we’re not having
Kyle V. Hiller, once an aspiring meteorologist, spends Earth Day considering how climate change is directly linked to COVID-19 and the economic crash.
Four things we should be allowed to say about life in COVID-19 lockdown
Lifting quarantine taboos
Everywhere you look, there are inspirational tips for life in quarantine, and hopes that we’ll emerge from this better than we were. But there are few things Alaina Johns wishes more people would say.