Commissioners bail on order to modernize machines before 2020

Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of State issued an order requiring that all counties in the Commonwealth transition to auditable voting machines in time for the 2020 Presidential election. The goal: Make sure there are paper backups of all votes cast in the most highly-scrutinized election in American history. The City Commissioners announced this week that they aren’t going to comply. Continue reading

Darrell Clarke Done Even Pretending to Care About Pedestrian Safety

(Multiple children were struck on the Parkway one day after Clarke's comments: Image credit: Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg on Twitter) According to the Kenney administration's Vision Zero Action Plan, Philadelphia has the highest per capita traffic death rate among peer cities at 6 fatalities per 100,000 people. It's a big problem, and the administration is trying to do something about it through a comprehensive program of engineering, enforcement, and education aimed at halving the rate of serious pedestrian injuries and fatalities on Philly's public streets within 5 years. Continue reading

In Philly Q1 Housing Report, An End in Sight for the Seller's Market

Kevin Gillen's Q1 Housing Report for the Lindy Institute is out today, and the results are a bit of a mixed bag.  Continue reading

PA House Republicans Just Mutated Redistricting Reformers' Favorite Bill

(Image: Rep. Daryl Metcalfe) Thanks to a state Supreme Court decision, Pennsylvania has new Congressional maps for the 2018 election, but these new maps are only going to be in effect for a couple years. That's because the 2020 Census is right around the corner, and following that, the redistricting process is going to start all over again. Continue reading

Harrisburg to Philly: Buy new voting machines

(Image: WHYY) Thanks to an order from the Department of State, all counties in Pennsylvania will be required to debut new, auditable voting machines by the 2020 Presidential election. Now the pressure is on the Kenney administration, City Council, and the City Commissioners to develop a forward-looking plan for election security—and pay for it. Continue reading

City Council's Updated Affordable Housing Package Hits Closer to the Mark

(Mid-rise housing in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood | Photo: Jon Geeting) City Council this week announced a package of affordable housing bills on the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act that together hit much closer to the mark than other recent Council initiatives, from the perspective of promoting both continued housing growth and more equitable access to housing. Continue reading

How One Block Illustrates the City's Broken Land Assessment Approach

(Vacant land in Graduate Hospital | Image: Google Streetview) The Office of Property Assessments botched the land assessments again, and the 2000 block of Pemberton in Graduate Hospital provides a great illustration of exactly what the City is doing wrong. Continue reading

OPA Messed Up the Land Assessments Again

(1911 Rittenhouse lot | Image: Google Streetview) The 2019 property assessments are out, as you can tell by reading any neighborhood Facebook group over the last two days, and while we're waiting for the City and the media to break down the trends, we already know that OPA once again botched the land assessments. Continue reading

Which Wards Have the Most (and the Least) Competition for Committeeperson Seats?

(Wards) With the committeeperson ballot nearly set, we can begin to identify the wards and divisions with the most intense competitive elections. And we can also start to think about the places that will be ripe for write-in campaigns as we get closer to Election Day on May 15th. Continue reading

What Do We Know So Far About the 2018 Ward Elections?

For the past year and a half, Philadelphia 3.0 has been promoting the 2018 ward elections as a great opportunity for people to dive into local politics by running for committeeperson—the smallest elected position that matters in Philadelphia politics. Now that we're past the deadline for candidates to file, and petition challenges are wrapping up, we're finally getting a picture of where things stand.  Continue reading