Letter From the Publisher: My Right Hand Man is a Woman


Two years ago, almost to the day, I hired Heather Blakeslee, easily my best hiring decision in the last 10 years. Her position initially was not clearly specified -- typical of the loose ship I was running -- but soon we decided she would be COO of the company. Immediately, we began to act more like a business. Her spreadsheets and plans replaced my whims and impulses. She patiently listened (and listens) to my half-baked ideas, nodding her head with a Mona Lisa smile, before informing me, yet again, that we can't make any decisions until we run the numbers.

If you've noticed the dramatic improvement in Grid's editorial during this same period of time, know that it isn't a coincidence. While she's been dotting the i's and crossing the t's on all functions of business, she's also been making Grid's content more sophisticated and political. It looks better, too; in addition to being a wordsmith with good business instincts, she also possesses a strong visual sensibility. (In her spare time, she plays guitar, writes songs for her band, and is learning the cello.)

I doubt she's coming to work today. I think it's more likely she will be curled up in a ball in bed, crying, swearing, scouring the Internet trying to find an article that will make sense out of today's headlines. She will find none.

I know elections and candidates are complex things to analyze and dissect, but there is a bottom line truth that can't be denied: An experienced, competent woman lost to an under-qualified, and potentially dangerous, man. 

It's a bitter pill to swallow, and my heart aches for every woman who thought their moment had arrived. It isn't our elections that are rigged; our society is rigged. And it's rigged against women. Sorry, Heather. 

Alex Mulcahy

New Kid on the Block


It looks like the wait for Kensington Quarters (1310 Frankford Ave.), an ambitious combination of butcher shop, restaurant and classroom, is about to end. The restaurant is a partnership of Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello (the owners of Cafe Lift, Prohibition Tap Room and Bufad), and a newcomer to Philadelphia, butcher Bryan Mayer.


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Get Creative: GRID founder talks about creativity and local economies

Image Credit: Kelly Writers House

Kelly Writers House has good news for all you artists and dreamers: creativity is the economic fuel of the future. The University of Pennsylvania's meeting place for writers and thinkers recently started a new lecture series titled "Creative Ventures", which highlights the value of creativity and its potential to spark innovation.

On November 5th, Alex Mulcahy, GRID's founder and Red Flag Media's owner, spoke on the panel for "Creative Economies," one of the most recent lectures in the series, to show how unconventional thinking influenced his success in the publishing world and can have postive results for others as well. Check out this video of the entire discussion, including thoughts from other out-of-the-box thinkers from Philadelphia, and get creating!

 - Missy Steinberg

From The Editor: Water Works

It’s thrilling to see the Philadelphia Water Department taking aggressive, progressive action to solve the city’s stormwater woes. Faced with a system in crisis, they came up with “Green City, Clean Waters,” a solution that favors rain barrels, grassy sidewalks and tree pits over the construction of yet another massive tunnel. “The hardest thing to do is to reverse the trend of creating a concrete barrier to nature,” says Joanne Dahme, the Water Department’s general manager of public affairs. This is a triumph of good design.
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