Council Report Card: Week of October 24th

In which Derek Green and Bobby Henon propose rules regulating the locations of medical marijuana dispensaries; Mark Squilla proposes allowing more housing near the future Rail Park; Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Kenyatta Johnson, and Bill Greenlee (for Darrell Clarke) transfer some more public properties to the Land Bank; and Cindy Bass calls for hearings on increasing City WiFi access. Continue reading

Q&A: Attorney Cheryl Gaston on the Zoning Board's Role in Philly Development and Planning

As part of our ZBA Draft campaign to elevate the conversation about Mayor Kenney's next Zoning Board appointment, we reached out to a few Philadelphians with deep practical knowledge of zoning to answer some questions about the Zoning Board's role in Philly development and planning.  Continue reading

ZBA Draft: What qualifications should the next Zoning chair have?

Last month, we kicked off a ZBA Draft effort to bring some more public attention to Jim Kenney's upcoming choice of the next Zoning Board chair.  Continue reading

DA Candidate Joe Khan Speaks on Reforming Civil Asset Forfeiture

At Philadelphia Magazine, David Gambacorta has an important read on the state of play of civil asset forfeiture reform in Harrisburg, where a well-intentioned bill has been watered down to the point of near-meaninglessness. Continue reading

PA House Advances Bill Regulating Uber and Lyft

Uber and Lyft took one step closer to legal status in Philadelphia yesterday, as the Pennsylvania House unanimously passed a long-stalled bill legalizing and regulating the popular ride-hailing apps. Continue reading

Council Report Card: Week of October 17th

This week's Council Report Card is coming to you late because Council didn't post last week's bills on Legistar until yesterday--five days later than usual.  Continue reading

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