About the blog:
520 Chestnut (aka The 520, because it sounds catchier) is a blog about whatever I happen to find interesting or relevant. Mostly that will include politics, public policy, and similar government-related issues. 520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, also happens to be the address of Independence Hall. I’m fairly certain that Independence Hall was there before this blog, but it turns out some cool stuff happened there in the summer of ’76, so I figured it would be a reasonable namesake. The guys that hung out there back then were kind of a big deal, I hear.
This blog will be updated with varying frequency. I’m not a blogger by trade (read: I have a real job) so sometimes you may have to wait a few days in between posts. I hope you can stand the suspense! You will find that I have a relatively liberal viewpoint on many, but not all, issues. If you agree with me, that’s great. If you don’t, that’s great too. I’d love to hear why. That’s what that shiny new comment box down at the bottom of the post is for! A lot of electrons traveled a great distance for you to have that comment box on your screen, so you should use it.
Of course, I hope that you will find this blog interesting and informative, but most importantly I hope for this site to be a forum for reasonable debate. With so much of the political media devoted to name-calling, soundbites, and tweets containing congressional nudity, it is my goal that The 520 be a place where folks can (and do!) engage in civil discussions about the important issues of the day.
Now go read the blog!