Author Archives: Charles F. McElwee III

Philadelphia’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Benjamin Franklin Parkway was supposed to make Philly more like Paris. But it came of age with the automobile.

Morton Downey Jr. Hosted the Original Trump Rally—30 Years Ago

“Loudmouth” provocateur created the populist talk show format—then lost it.

Remembering Moynihan in the Age of Trump

If the late senator-scholar were alive, he would see his most acute societal warnings confirmed.

Kennedy’s Forgotten Coalition: Working Class Catholics

After decades of Democratic fealty, JFK’s “tribal benediction” went Trump.

When Historic Preservation Depends on Gentrification

To survive, smaller cities need economic and cultural capital.

It’s Time to Read John O’Hara Again

The forgotten author reminds us that frustration with the establishment is a long American tradition.

Did John Updike Foresee the Trump Era?

What the Rabbit novels teach us about our populist moment