The 45 minutes the Nutter administration gave reporters to hurry to a City Hall press conference yesterday, in which the mayor announced a proposed citywide regulation banning the outdoor distribution of … Continue readingEven potential allies on Nutter’s homeless food policies are wary, and say support is conditional on progress.
Last week — more than two months after Mayor Michael Nutter called a hasty press conference to announce a ban on giving away free meals in city parks — a … Continue readingMan in the Middle: Amid the feud over the city’s hungry homeless, radical pastor Bill Golderer sees a moment of opportunity.
In Council today, 6th District Councilman Boby Henon introduced a resolution honoring union boss John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty for his upcoming role as Grand Marshall of the 2012 Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day parade. Hall Monitor, in … Continue readingYes, Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a resolution honoring Johnny Doc, the guy who funded his election
Last week, a coalition of community groups, housing advocates, and would-be urban farmers met to state their case for access to vacant land to 1st District Councilman Mark Squilla. [Read the … Continue readingLand bank advocates getting restless and looking for allies
In a city that’s seen development slow down in the recession, the rush to build around Temple is so frenetic that new structures pop up almost overnight. Whole blocks have … Continue readingThe Land Grab: Cowboy developers are running roughshod over Temple’s neighbors. Is there a sheriff in town?
Once a decade, Philadelphia’s City Council embarks on a project so complicated, so intense and so completely nonsensical in so many ways that it threatens to tear the city’s legislative … Continue readingCarving Up Philly: Why redistricting the city will be a bloody, crazy mess.
This article originally appeared in the January 19, 2012 edition of the Philadelphia City Paper, now defunct. The author does not own the copyright. The Rise of Darrell Clarke From … Continue readingThe Rise of Darrell Clarke: From John Street protégé to City Council president.
Tell a story enough times, and it has a way of becoming true — especially when that “truth” is a convenient one. On June 16, a raucous outdoor party at … Continue readingCity, media are quick to blame stop-snitching culture in shooting — maybe too quick
On Wednesday, Philadelphia unceremoniously found itself in the middle of one of the nastier fights in the country right now: that over whether states should require photo ID at polling … Continue readingGOP trumpets rampant Philly voter fraud in a report that doesn’t show it.
A report on voting “irregularities” says more about politics than the need for voter IDs. A few days after upstart Republican Al Schmidt clobbered incumbent Joseph Duda and wrenched away the … Continue readingPhantom Menace: The hunt for proof of voting fraud in Philly
The city is apparently within days or weeks of releasing a comprehensive plan for vacant land use. For anyone as obsessed with vacant land politics and policy as we’ve been over the … Continue readingHall Monitor: Land Plan (part one) — The city’s close to unveiling its long-awaited plan for disposing of vacant land
After rising a wave of Obama-esque optimism into Philadelphia’s City Hall, Mayor Nutter’s now got just about everyone in the city mad at him: that just might be his … Continue readingThe Nutter Equation: Everybody is mad at the mayor; maybe that’s his greatest strength.
Stealing a house in Philadelphia turns out to be so easy you can do it by mail. An investigation by City Paper reveals that despite promises of reform, the … Continue readingGrand Theft Rowhome: In Philly, stealing a house is as easy as signing your name.
A month ago, Ben Smith, a writer for political blog and newspaper The Politico, posted a two-sentence blurb about Philly in his online column. Smith wrote: An Obama supporter, who canvassed for … Continue readingThe Fishtown Effect: Can you be racist and vote Obama?