Philly Needs A Plan to Capture More of the Region's Growth

One of the more disappointing aspects of what we know about the Kenney administration's Housing Action Plan is the lack of a regional perspective on how we want the Philadelphia region to grow. Continue reading

Kenney Reaches Deal on General Funding for Affordable Housing As Alternative to Construction Tax

(Mid-rise housing construction on North Broad | Photo: Jon Geeting) Mayor Kenney struck a deal with City Council on affordable housing funding Thursday, with a counter-proposal to Council's construction tax bill which narrowly passed the full chamber with a narrow vote of 9-8 back in June. Kenney's alternative proposal would increase general funding to the Housing Trust Fund by $53 million over 5 years, with an additional $18 million projected to come in from in-lieu payments from Mixed Income Housing bonuses.  Continue reading

Rochelle Bilal and Dan Stevenson Consider Run for Sheriff Against Jewell Williams

Sheriff Jewell Williams is up for reelection next year in 2019, and is expected to be highly vulnerable to a primary challenge due to confirmed allegations that he sexually harassed one of his employees. Williams has actually been accused of harassment by four women, and so far an investigation has confirmed one of those accounts. Continue reading

Kenney Sets Sights Too Low With Housing Action Plan Overview

(Single-family zoning in South Philly, all along one of our two subway lines) The Kenney administration debuted a draft version of their Housing Action Plan overview this week, and while the plan isn't yet complete, so far it's looking pretty underwhelming. Continue reading

Lauren Vidas Will Challenge Kenyatta Johnson for 2nd Council District

(Lauren Vidas | Photo: Celeste Sloman) The 2019 City Council campaign are getting an early start this year, with City & State PA's Ryan Briggs reporting that Graduate Hospital-based lawyer and activist Lauren Vidas has filed paperwork this week to run in the 2nd Council District against two-term incumbent Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.  Continue reading

Innovations in Machine Politics from NYC to Philly

(Some wards) How far will Party machines go to keep out newer activists? Andy Newman and Tyler Pager at the New York Times talked to some of the candidates running for Democratic County Committee seats in Queens who had no idea they were even running, because someone else had filed on their behalf. Continue reading

Open Wards for All

(Image: Philly Ward Leaders) This year's ward elections doubled the number of Open Wards, writes Tom Beck at South Philly Review, which is the largest burst of progress for intra-Democratic Party democracy since the 60's and 70's. Continue reading

Allow Half-Day Shifts for Election Day Workers!

(Photo: Timothy Rezendes via Creative Commons) Jen Devor and Anton Moore reported a striking finding in their op-ed this week urging more Philadelphians to step up and become Election Day workers: nearly half of these positions are currently occupied. Just 51% of the seats are filled, and 49% are vacant. Continue reading

The Kenney Administration Left Money on the Table in Provident Mutual Building Sale

The saga of the old Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building at 4601 Market continues, as Jacob Adelman reports the city has found a tenant who's proposing a new public health campus on the property. Continue reading

The Case for Enlisting Landlords in Registering Philly Renters to Vote

Renters now make up about 48% of Philadelphia households, according to a new study from Zillow—a break from the city's traditionally higher-than-average homeownership rate that brings us closer in line with other big cities. Continue reading