Sunday, August 27, 2006


Trenton's newest City Councilman, the Reverend James Coston, has wasted no time in bringing a new energy to representing Trenton's South Ward. He's not only keeping his word to "work" for his constituents, but he's continuing to keep up a blog he started during the campaign.

Check out his thoughts by directing your browser to

He's not only speaking, thinking and working for the residents of the South Ward, he's bringing a new way of doing business to City Hall.

And you know we need that!

Why the "Front Stoop?"

Here in the Northeastern US, a "stoop" is the small platform leading into a building. In days gone by, neighborhood residents would use their stoops as seating in the communal living room that was their block.

It was from this platform that news was relayed and views were exchanged. From the vantage point of the stoop an eye was kept on the kids playing up and down the street not to mention watching the comings and goings in the neighborhood.

A sense of place, a connection to the community, security all were provided "from the stoop."

With the advent of television, air-conditioning and other incentives to retreat indoors we largely abandoned the stoop in favor of more comfortable, private surroundings indoors. We unplugged from the community and the social fabric started to unravel.

So with this posting I'm launching an attempt to revive the tradition of "the stoop." I'll be mostly musing on items of interest to people in and around Trenton, NJ. But this is the World Wide Web and therefore geography will not restrict topics.

Thanks and keep reading.