Newswanger articles

Poverty as a Challenge, Not a Problem

Poverty as a Challenge, Not a Problem

By Philip Newswanger   The war on poverty is a battlefield strewn with corpses. Liberals, progressives and conservatives have tackled the moral, ethical, economic and social consequences of poverty and have died a metaphorical death because of their insane yet Good Samaritan efforts. Each side has their own solution, too serious by nature and comical

Portsmouth’s Economic Development Strategy

By Philip Newswanger   Portsmouth City Manager, John Rowe, and the city’s new economic development director, Charles “Chuck” Rigney, agreed to an interview with Veer Magazine. Rigney, former assistant director of Development for the city of Norfolk, was hired Nov. 3 to head Portsmouth’s economic development initiatives. Rowe and Rigney offered their views on the

Fury over Fraim Flight a Red Herring

By Phillip Newswanger   For once, I agree with Councilwoman Theresa Whibley.   The fury over the Fraim flight was “the silliest thing I’ve ever seen brought up.”   Mayor Paul Fraim, accompanied by City Manager, Marcus Jones, and City Attorney, Bernard Pishko, flew to Baltimore June 16 to “meet with representatives from The Cordish

Norfolk & Western Railroad Line Historic District

By Phillip Newswanger Something is brewing on the other side of the tracks in Norfolk – and it’s not just beer. City officials have hatched a plan to transform an area of Norfolk marked by empty industrial buildings, barbed wire and railroad tracks. Railroad tracks and the company that owns the tracks – Norfolk Southern

It’s Too Late

By Philip Newswanger It’s too late for Lawrence Faine, 72. It’s too late for David Latham, 35. Both men suffered from schizophrenia. Both men are dead, The die is cast. No amount of press conferences, mea culpas and admonishments by Norfolk’s elected officials – bad political theater – and community activists – even worse political

The Poverty Paradox

By Phillip Newswanger The dichotomy between the number of available of jobs and the 16 percent poverty rate in Norfolk staggers the imagination. In Norfolk, in April, there were 6,341 unemployed and yet there were 12,297 job openings, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.  And not all these jobs demand rigorous cubicle canoodling and are