Council to Vote on Neighborhood Improvement District Just for One Building

City Council could vote this Thursday on two improvement district bills that couldn't be more different: a Neighborhood Improvement District for the W and Element Hotels now under construction at 15th and Chestnut, and a traditional Business Improvement District for the Italian Market. Both bills offer some lessons for how we can improve Philly's economic climate. Continue reading

Philly Schools Losing Money With Ride-Hailing Bill Expired

Harrisburg politicians are costing Philly schools money by letting ride-hailing services lapse back into illegal status.  Continue reading

PPA Board Approves Clarena Tolson as Executive Director

(Photo: Tom MacDonald | WHYY) The Philadelphia Parking Authority board voted unanimously on Thursday morning to replace disgraced Executive Director Vince Fenerty with the City's top transportation official, Clarena Tolson. Continue reading

Darrell Clarke's 'Backsies" Bill Would Make Land Bank Sales Unpredictable

  As an addendum to this week's Council Report Card, Bobby Henon also introduced a new bill on behalf of Council President Darrell Clarke that would inject still more chaos and unpredictability into the city land sale process.  Continue reading

Council Report Card: Week of October 10th

In which Curtis Jones proposes a charter change creating a modest Criminal Justice Reinvestment Fund; Cindy Bass and Bobby Henon propose removing Wells Fargo from the list of city depositories; and Darrell Clarke (via Bobby Henon) called for a hearing on city tax incentives.  Continue reading

GOP Spox: PA Legislature Will Pass Ride-Hailing Bill in October

The state of ride-hailing apps like Uber X and Lyft is murkier than ever in Philadelphia as of last Friday, but an end to the drama is within sight. Continue reading

Does Philly Need a Parking Authority?

A new piece of legislation introduced last week by Councilman David Oh raises an intriguing question: should Philadelphia even have a Parking Authority? Continue reading

Make Legistar Great Again! Take Our Survey

During the City Council meeting on September 29th, and following news that former-PPA boss Vince Fenerty had sexually harassed at least two of his subordinates, Councilman Oh introduced a resolution calling for a full performance audit of the PPA. Continue reading

Where's the Record of City Council's Vote Against the PPA Audit?

  It's now been three business days since Council President Darrell Clarke held a rare show of hands vote on Councilman David Oh's resolution calling for a performance audit of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, and there's still no record of that vote happening. Continue reading

Auditor General Will Audit PPA Employment Practices, But We Still Need a Performance Audit

(Photo: Post-Gazette / Darrell Sapp) Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene Pasquale will conduct an audit of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's employment practices, report Julia Terruso and Claudia Vargas, following a sexual harassment scandal that led to the resignation of Executive Director Vince Fenerty. Continue reading