Government

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City Hall: A Closer Look at Councilman Derek Green

City Hall: A Closer Look at Councilman Derek Green

Derek S. Green is now a councilman-at-large member. Green has been in the position since January 2016 after having won both the 2015 primary and general elections. Green is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Temple University School of Law. Before his involvement with Philadelphia politics, he practiced law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. […]

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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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Olney: Philip Green Works To Revitalize North 5th Street Corridor

Olney: Philip Green Works To Revitalize North 5th Street Corridor

Philip Green is the co-director of the North 5th Street Revitalization Project, alongside Stephanie Michel (below). The mission of this organization is to keep the streets clean and safe, support the merchants with business services, and bring activities to the community. They use a grassroots approach in order to grow and maintain close relationships with merchants and […]

 

Chinatown: John Chin Seeks To Bring Divided Community Together

Chinatown: John Chin Seeks To Bring Divided Community Together

John Chin, the executive director of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. (PCDC), is at the forefront of a neighborhood split in two. According to city maps, the space above the Vine Street Expressway is considered Callowhill. But it is known to Chin – as well as to his colleagues and, Chin hopes, many others in the future – […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Tyrone Williams of NAC Teaches Community To Use Its Voice

Strawberry Mansion: Tyrone Williams of NAC Teaches Community To Use Its Voice

Now the head of community engagement at the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center, Tyrone Williams has worked his whole life trying to better his community. From a young age, Williams took an active interest in reaching out to people. He estimated his history in community outreach went back to when he was 11-years old and a […]

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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: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

Politics: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

The Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform met last month in the City Council chambers. Co-chairs Curtis Jones Jr. of City Council, retired Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel and the head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Kier Bradford-Grey all presided over the hearing that focused on the psychology of criminals and potential criminals, and […]

 

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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Center City: A Look at The State of Our Infrastructure

Center City: A Look at The State of Our Infrastructure

For generations, Philadelphia has been a city of residents and commuters, creating a diverse city with a bustling downtown district and thriving satellite commercial centers connected by the original grid of surface streets and the newer web of interstates and expressways. Trains snake through hidden cuts in the city as buses trudge up and down […]

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Northern Liberties: Gift of Life Helps Change Lives Through Organ Donation

Northern Liberties: Gift of Life Helps Change Lives Through Organ Donation

An average of nearly 500 people die annually waiting for an organ transplant in Pennsylvania. The Gift of Life Donor program, located in Northern Liberties, helps connect thousands of patients in eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey with matching organs that could potentially save their life. “The success rate is about 93 percent, meaning about […]