Education: Councilwoman Helen Gym, “I need a big vision for the school district that people believe in.”

Education: Councilwoman Helen Gym, “I need a big vision for the school district that people believe in.”

Helen Gym (D) is an at-large Philadelphia City Council member and vocal education advocate. Her goal in public office has been to to tackle widespread poverty through creating a quality public education system – the same system she taught in and put her children through. Philadelphia Neighborhoods spoke with Councilwoman Gym on the phone to discuss the […]

 

Point Breeze: This Week In The News – Feibush Sues Johnson, Affordable Housing Project Approved

Point Breeze: This Week In The News – Feibush Sues Johnson, Affordable Housing Project Approved

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people were talking about things happening in Point Breeze: 33 affordable housing homes approved for Point Breeze: On the heals of Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) approval, two plots of land in Point Breeze will be turned into 33 affordable apartments and townhouses […]

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Politics: Councilwoman Brown Shows Service and Activism in the Community

Politics: Councilwoman Brown Shows Service and Activism in the Community

It was shortly after 11 o’clock on a brisk Friday morning in North Philadelphia. Folks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Senior Center at the corner of 21st Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue were carefully listening to safety tips from city officials at the center’s annual Senior Citizen Expo. Front-and-center stood Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, […]

 

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 […]

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Immigration: After Sanctuary City Status Returns, City Council Members Look Forward On Immigration Reform

Immigration: After Sanctuary City Status Returns, City Council Members Look Forward On Immigration Reform

Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez (above, in red) was the first Latina elected to a district seat in City Council and has continued to advocate for Philadelphia’s diverse communities since. Working directly with Mayor Jim Kenney, she proposed a municipal ID law on Feb. 25 that would provide all city residents with access to government-issued photo IDs that do […]

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Queens Village: Run215 Founder Jon Lyons More Than Just a Runner

Queens Village: Run215 Founder Jon Lyons More Than Just a Runner

Jon Lyons was not always a runner. In fact, after running track in middle school, he hated the sport for much of his life. He invested time in music, even touring with a rock band. Then his life changed. He fathered a child. Things became complicated. He began to abuse substances and he knew he was headed down a […]

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Politics: Republican City Councilman At-Large Al Taubenberger’s Focus is Jobs

Politics: Republican City Councilman At-Large Al Taubenberger’s Focus is Jobs

If at first you don’t succeed, try five more times. At least that’s what Al Taubenberger did. Taubenberger failed in his five previous runs for office — twice for U.S. representative, once for mayor, once for state representative, and once for city council at-large, losing his last election by a mere 163 votes. But in […]

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Mantua: “My Parents and Grandparents Trained Me to Survive.”

Mantua: “My Parents and Grandparents Trained Me to Survive.”

Nine years ago, De’Wayne Drummond nearly lost it all. A lifelong resident of the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, Drummond had unknowingly fallen asleep in nearly six pints of his own blood at his home on Haverford Avenue near 34th Street, only to be awoken by his infant daughter, Jadyn, who was desperately pleading for […]

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City Hall: Allan Domb Brings Business to City Council

City Hall: Allan Domb Brings Business to City Council

In the Philadelphia real estate business, it is pretty hard not to run into the name Allan Domb. He served as the president of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors and he has been hailed by many as the “Center City Condo King.” Since the November elections, however, Domb has adopted a new title: city councilman. Running […]

 

City Hall: A Look at the First Protected Bike Lane with Byko and the Coalition

City Hall: A Look at the First Protected Bike Lane with Byko and the Coalition

The Philadelphia Streets Department announced plans to allocate funding for the city’s first protected bike lane to be built along Ryan Avenue, between Lexington and Rowland avenues, in Mayfair. “We had a councilman who wanted to do it,” said David J. Perri, Commissioner of the Streets Department. “It’s in the right cycle of its lifespan […]

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