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Mayor Kenney Speaks out on Recent Hate Crimes and Flash Mob

Mayor Kenney Speaks out on Recent Hate Crimes and Flash Mob

Mayor Jim Kenney made this address at the City’s first Philadelphia International Unity Cup game: “I know right now that many Philadelphians are feeling anxious, angry, afraid, and even hopeless. Others feel emboldened by hateful rhetoric to act out in destructive ways. “And for many of you, those feelings of disenfranchisement predated this election. In […]

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YOUR PUBLIC SERVANTS AT WORK: Oct. 27, 2016

Taylor Named CORA 2016 Civic Champion State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) has been named CORA Services’ 2016 Civic Champion. CORA’s Champion Awards are presented each year at the Champions for Children Celebration to recognize individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in partnering with CORA Services to create a brighter future for children and families […]

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Interview with Sen. Bob Casey on Gun Laws

by Greg Salisbury The untouched takeout coffee cup perched on the conference table of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee’s Center City headquarters is the only visible indication of how long US Sen. Bob Casey’s day has been. The commonwealth’s senior senator, green tie still firmly knotted in place, has been crisscrossing the region today […]

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What’s On City Council’s Plate in Fall 2016?

10 Council Members Share Their Thoughts by Tony West On the heels of a busy spring 2016 City Council session, which saw passage of a transformative Sweetened Drinks Tax along with the 2016-17, Philadelphia’s legislature started its fall session on Sept. 7. A month into the session, there is a lot on its plate. All […]

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Historic Preservation in Philly Needs a Truce – and Then a Plan

by Tony West Philadelphia needs a better way to handle the challenges of historic preservation as it enters a new cycle of dynamic development, Harris Steinberg told the Building Industry Association’s annual conference at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Sept. 22. He was referring to the recent outcry over Toll Brothers’ proposal […]

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A Pardon Will Soon Be Just a Click Away

by Eldon Graham Second chances for most people are sought after 10 times over by individuals or their loved ones. State Rep. Leslie Acosta (D-N. Phila.) and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack are trying their best to lend a hand. The two Democratic politicians have partnered on a new initiative to allow Pennsylvanians to become more […]

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ROOSEVELT BLVD.: Can Speed Cameras Tame America’s Most Dangerous Highway?

by Tony West It was full speed ahead this morning on a pilot program to station speed cameras along Roosevelt Boulevard, as State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) chaired a State House Transportation Committee hearing in City Hall Council Chambers. Taylor has authored HB 2233, and as he is the chairman of the powerful Transportation Committee […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Thunder and Lightning, Nutter and Butkovitz

The usually relaxed atmosphere in City Hall during summertime is filled with dreams of heading to the shore, enjoying the surf sun and sand. But this summer, these dreams have been ripped apart by a political thunderstorm. The storm that ripped through City Hall featured a slow-moving, strength-gathering cold front which collided with a warm […]

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PPA Debuts Spectacular State-of-the-Art Garage

Officials from the Philadelphia Parking Authority joined Mayor Jim Kenney to officially re-open the PPA’s Parkade Garage at 8th & Arch Streets in the heart of the city’s Market Street East Commercial District. Built during the 1960s, PPA Exec. Dir. Vince Fenerty described the project as a “complete renovation of the garage from top to […]

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Rizzo Statue: Which Activists Matter?

by Tony West The controversy recently sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement’s call to remove the Frank Rizzo statue has spurred a tempest within a teapot over which protestors are actually allowed to speak for this cause. The Philly Coalition for REAL Justice Steering Committee has released a statement disavowing any connection with an […]

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