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City Politics: Community Organizer And Activist Is Leading The Way For LGBT Affairs

City Politics: Community Organizer And Activist Is Leading The Way For LGBT Affairs

Amber Hikes started her career in Philadelphia in social work, and became a well-known community organizer and an advocate for LGBT youth through her work at The Attic Youth Center, William Way Community Center and other youth-focused organizations. Following a move to California, she returned to serve as executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs […]

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Immigration: Philadelphia Embraces Refugee Resettlement

Immigration: Philadelphia Embraces Refugee Resettlement

In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to end the country’s refugee resettlement program shortly after taking office, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney signed an open letter requesting President Barack Obama and his administration to continue to protect immigrants, including those whose home countries are too unsafe to return to. In compliance with Governor Tom Wolf’s statement in 2015 […]

 

Politics: Philadelphia Works to Promote the Cannabis Industry

Politics: Philadelphia Works to Promote the Cannabis Industry

With medical marijuana now legal in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia business leaders and entrepreneurs are looking to get involved in the cannabis industry. Many who are new to the industry may seek the assistance of business accelerators, such as Greenhouse Ventures. Greenhouse Ventures is a Philadelphia based company that helps people start their cannabis businesses, primarily on […]

 

City Hall: Philadelphia Provides Adult Educational Opportunities

City Hall: Philadelphia Provides Adult Educational Opportunities

The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy was created in 1983 under an executive order. Its original purpose was to teach adults reading, writing and mathematics. Since then, the commission has expanded to also teach digital literacy and English as a second language. Last month, Mayor Jim Kenney issued a new executive order officially changing the commission’s name […]

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City Hall: Five Things To Know About Sheila Hess

City Hall: Five Things To Know About Sheila Hess

In January 2016, Jim Kenney transitioned from his 23-year-run in Philadelphia’s City Council to become the 99th Mayor of the city. One of Mayor Kenney’s tasks is to ensure that the city is filled with energy, fresh new ideas and exciting events. In order to meet those standards, Mayor Kenney appointed Sheila Hess as the […]

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City Hall: Eight Statues That Help Tell The History of Philadelphia

City Hall: Eight Statues That Help Tell The History of Philadelphia

The plazas surrounding City Hall are enriched with iconic statues. From the 37-foot-tall monument of William Penn at the top of the building to the smaller statues scattered around the base of the structure, these figures are meant to memorialize the lives and accomplishments of Philadelphians of past eras. Locals and tourists hustle through their […]

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LGBTQ: Shedding Light on City, State Hate Crime Laws

LGBTQ: Shedding Light on City, State Hate Crime Laws

The brutal 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard put LGBT issues in the national spotlight. Here in Philadelphia, the 2014 beating of a gay couple brought the issues closer to home — and served as a wake-up call to many city residents. “I had one student attacked while having a homophobic slur carved into his […]

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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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Center City: The Arts Stay in the Picture for District Schools

Center City: The Arts Stay in the Picture for District Schools

“The visual arts help develop sustained focus and articulation of the decision making process,” said Helen Haynes, chief cultural officer for the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy at the A+ Arts Exhibit at City Hall. “You can see that in the images around here today. These are the higher brain […]

 

City Hall: New PAC Connects City Issues Through the Public Space

City Hall: New PAC Connects City Issues Through the Public Space

A few years ago, Geoff Kees Thompson created a blog, called This Old City, as a means to connecting the dots between various aspects of planning that affect the urban dwellers on a daily basis. Thompson believes many of these facets are taken for granted. And it is all connected to the public space. Thompson […]

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