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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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Showing Our Servants in Blue Who Cares

by Eldon Graham All across the city, Philadelphians have strong beliefs and they follow them to the end, no matter where that may take them. South Philadelphia residents took that to heart Monday evening, and it took them on a march to City Hall and to the Frank Rizzo statue across the street. The march […]

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Stack: State Aims to Smooth Path for Pardons

More criminal pardons are in the works, thanks to efforts by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to speed up the works. That was the message brought home to Philadelphia by native son Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, who chairs the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. Speaking at a workshop at Dixon House in South Philadelphia organized by Unity […]

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Our Opinion: DNC, City Did Their Best!

God bless the patience of the City’s Police Bicycle Corps. Their quiet presence sent a calming message to some of the thousands of protestors looking to create a ruckus and earn some television time. It was obvious Commissioner Richard Ross’ blue line knew what to do, how to do it, and were prepared for anything […]

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Philadelphia Budget Shows Skilled Hands at Work

by Tony West How often does the City of Philadelphia draw international attention for the swift and daring completion of its annual budget? Welcome to 2016. Mayor Jim Kenney’s Sugary Drinks Tax initiative (which wound up as a Sugary/Sweetened Drinks Tax) caught the eye of the world. But the rest of the budget process – […]

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Pt. Breeze Agency Is Model For Mayor’s Community Schools

by Tony West Mayor Jim Kenney based his winning campaign last year on a bright new proposal for “family service centers” where children’s educational needs can be met while his family learns to cope with many other challenges. If you want to know what these centers might look like – check out Diversified Community Services, […]

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Asian American Philadelphia: THREE LEADERS

Nina Ahmad by Eldon Graham Dr. Nina Ahmad has made Philadelphia her home. Now she has embarked on a mission to strengthen the bonds between all its communities. Dr. Ahmad is from Bangladesh. She left her native country and moved to the US, attending the Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich. Then she moved to […]

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County Commissioners Association Warn Of Impacts With Budget

As the General Assembly and Administration begin to advance a budget vehicle for FY 2016-2017, Pennsylvania counties are eyeing the calendar anxiously, recognizing that the start of the new Commonwealth fiscal year is now less than two months away. Their worries are well-founded; a recent survey by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania showed counties […]

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Taubenberger: We Can Be Vertical Farming Hub

Philadelphia City Councilman at Large Al Taubenberger – joined by Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell C. Redding, Council President Darrell C. Clarke, and other members of City Council – has introduced two farming-related resolutions. The first calls for greater support of vertical farming, with the goal of establishing the City of Philadelphia as the world’s […]

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