Elections

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South Philadelphia: Barry Playground’s Renovation From Public Funding Is Paying Dividends

South Philadelphia: Barry Playground’s Renovation From Public Funding Is Paying Dividends

If you build it, they will come. Recreation centers and urban parks serve as places for people in the busy city lifestyles to escape it all without really having to leave the city limits. From leisure to exercise, people of all ages use these resources. “An interesting trend that I’ve noticed is the more people […]

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Fishtown: All-Female Collective Dances With Eye Toward Election

Fishtown: All-Female Collective Dances With Eye Toward Election

On Election Day, femme. collective will cast a vote for president that is sprinkled with lady power. Femme. collective is a Fishtown-based, all-female group of dancers and artists who support feminism. The core group, of less than a dozen women, holds frequent meetings to talk about their productions in collective founder Loren McFalls’ home. This has […]

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Hunting Park: Local Efforts Encourage Minorities And Millennials To Vote

Hunting Park: Local Efforts Encourage Minorities And Millennials To Vote

Equipped with pledge cards, iPods, and polling data, a group of five millennials cramped into a minivan. Maneuvering through North Philadelphia, the team knocked door-to-door along nestled rowhomes in Hunting Park, Juniata Park, and Feltonville, greeted by residents stricken with consternations surrounding Election Day. The canvassing clan is a constituent of the National Council of […]

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Politics: Committee Of Seventy Works to Improve City Government

Politics: Committee Of Seventy Works to Improve City Government

It is no secret that Philadelphia has been marred by political scandals and corruption throughout its storied past. From the Abscam sting to the controversies surrounding Mayor Street’s administration, from Vince Fumo’s conviction to current allegations against State Senator Larry Farnese and Congressman Chaka Fattah, the city of Philadelphia does not have a great record when it comes to government […]

 

Politics: Mayor Kenney Expands His Focus

Politics: Mayor Kenney Expands His Focus

When Jim Kenney was elected mayor in late 2015, it remained to be seen what direction he intended to take Philadelphia. After campaigning on education reform and job outlook improvement, voters were anxious to see what Mayor Kenney’s first steps in office would be. As Mayor Kenney’s first actions took place over the past five […]

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North Philadelphia: After Transition, Duckrey Finds a Strong Leader

North Philadelphia: After Transition, Duckrey Finds a Strong Leader

When the School District of Philadelphia proposed 37 school closings in 2013, Tanner Duckrey Elementary School was scheduled to close its doors to roughly 300 students. Duckrey’s fate changed when the School Reform Commission narrowed the list of closings to 24 and designated Duckrey as a receiving school. This meant Duckrey was now scheduled to […]

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Education: Five Schools Impacted By Budget Cuts

Education: Five Schools Impacted By Budget Cuts

As education budget cuts have spread throughout the state of Pennsylvania, building closures present a way for school districts to quickly lower their costs. In Philadelphia, a large wave of closings occurred in 2013. During this time, the School District of Philadelphia closed 23 schools to help shrink a looming financial deficit of more than […]

 

Point Breeze: Longtime Community Leader Sees Value in Helping Neighbors

Point Breeze: Longtime Community Leader Sees Value in Helping Neighbors

If you ever drive through Point Breeze and see a light on between 1 and 2 a.m., it might be a night owl finishing up the newest Netflix series. Or it could be Nate Chatmon, who begins his day by reading Scripture at a time that some people have yet to even close their eyes. […]

 

Olney: Abu Edwards Says He’s Always Felt ‘Pushed to Advocate for People’

Olney: Abu Edwards Says He’s Always Felt ‘Pushed to Advocate for People’

Dressed sharply in a dark suit and tie, Abu Edwards sat adjacent to Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Paul P. Panepinto. The room emanated ceremony, muted in tone and tenor, with rows of forward-facing benches. Nobody banged gavels or swore in witnesses. Yet the two men each endured scrutiny from the small gathering […]

 

Port Richmond: Councilman Squilla Helps Lead Community in a New Direction

Port Richmond: Councilman Squilla Helps Lead Community in a New Direction

Mark Squilla represents City Council’s 1st District, a diverse and growing area. The district he is responsible for includes Port Richmond, among other notable stretches of Philadelphia such as, the Delaware River, Chinatown, Center City, Northern Liberties, Fishtown and Kensington. Elected in 2011, Squilla has spent many nights in the district, trying to best assess the […]