Government

 By Taara Savage-El and Andy Sharpe

Northeast: Open House for Proposed Zoning Code

Northeast: Open House for Proposed Zoning Code

At a 10th City Council District open house for the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission, Northeast Philadelphia residents thought certain aspects of the code rewrite would negatively affect their neighborhoods, while other parts would be beneficial. Northeast residents were especially unhappy that the reform discussed legalizing the practice of converting single-family homes into duplexes or triplexes, […]

 By Tara Moore and Jessica Arnold

West Philadelphia: A Bomb Resonates 25 Years Later

West Philadelphia: A Bomb Resonates 25 Years Later

The mere mention of the name MOVE often unleashes intense emotions across Philadelphia. However, for an organization frequently dominating the attention of police, city officials and the news media during the past three decades, precious little is actually known about MOVE. While many have heard the name MOVE, few realize that the title for this […]

 By Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste and Danielle Mauro

Port Richmond: No Room for Pools

Port Richmond: No Room for Pools

An empty, 40-ounce bottle of Hurricane beer lays poolside at Monkiewicz Recreation Center in Port Richmond. This empty beer bottle is another sign of the lack of funding Philadelphia’s public swimming pools receive, impacting a range of things from simple clean-up to staying open during summer months. According to the “City Budget Breakdown,” only one […]

 By Sarah E. Bergstein and Christian J. Clarke

West Philadelphia: Tough Winter Brings More Potholes

West Philadelphia: Tough Winter Brings More Potholes

The next and newest battle drivers face after the long winter of severe weather conditions are the potholes plaguing the city streets as the rainy months of spring have begun. In West Philadelphia, drivers complain that Market, Walnut and Chestnut streets are both the busiest roads in the area and the most problematic where potholes […]

 By Cary Gaul and Michael Bixler

City Hall: Many Think Mayor’s Garbage Fee is Rubbish

City Hall: Many Think Mayor’s Garbage Fee is Rubbish

Mayor Nutter wants the people of Philadelphia to pay to have their garbage picked up, but that proposal faces some serious trash talking throughout the city. Two Facebook groups opposed to the proposed fees have already been created. One group, “I’m Against the Philly Trash and Soda Tax,” has over 7,000 members and urges its […]

 By Michael Bixler and Cary Gaul

South Philadelphia: Planning Commission Sees Bleak Future for Point Breeze

South Philadelphia: Planning Commission Sees Bleak Future for Point Breeze

Point Breeze is a neighborhood that has reached a crossroads of sorts. According to PlanPhilly.com, this South Philadelphia neighborhood has been officially re-certified as “blighted” by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. According to community planner David Knapton, 12 percent of the properties in the neighborhood are vacant lots. Point Breeze is also among three Philadelphia […]

 By Morgan Zalot and Stephen Zook

Mayfair: Community Braces for Possible Program Cuts

Mayfair: Community Braces for Possible Program Cuts

For Kim Wilson and her 5-year-old daughter Marian, the STARS Program housed at the John M. Perzel Community Center in Philadelphia’s Mayfair section provides a much needed support system for facing the struggles of a disability. “When you get a diagnosis for your child, there’s a whole process you go through in coming to terms […]

 By Michael Bixler and Cary Gaul

Snow Removal: An Ongoing Process

Snow Removal: An Ongoing Process

Philadelphia Neighborhoods went throughout the city to obtain reaction to Philadelphia’s efforts of clearing the snow from last week’s storms.

 By Rachel Hooper

Philadelphia Parking: Feeding the Meter Smartly

Philadelphia Parking: Feeding the Meter Smartly

If you park on the streets in Center City, there are two ways to feed the meter. You can drop in a hand full of quarters, or you can pay with a plastic Smart Card. The card is “smart” because varying amounts of money can be used and it will not add more than the […]

 By Meg Frankowski

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

The opening of the Germantown “White House,” which emphasizes the role of African-American slaves in President George Washington’s Philadelphia home, has created a controversy about who should tell the story. At a discussion and lecture on Thursday at Cliveden of the National Trust,  entitled, “Questions in Black History,” it was clear many Germantown residents are […]