The 2017 Philly Municipal Elections Pool

Think you've got your finger on the pulse of Philly politics? Put your prediction skills to the test in our 2017 Municipal Elections Pool! The person who comes closest to guessing the results of the May 16th election will win a $25 gift card to Reading Terminal Market. Continue reading

Council Report Card: Week of May 1st

In which Darrell Clarke and Mark Squilla schedule a hearing about parking based on some questionable assumptions; Jannie Blackwell introduces what appears to be her first neighborhood-wide zoning remapping bill for Mantua, and approves a buffered bike lane for 11 blocks of Chestnut Street in University City. Continue reading

Go North! The Case for an Uptown Business District

(Spagnolo Group Architecture) With Center City, University City, and the Navy Yard expected to continue their moderately strong recent growth, there's increasing interest among local elected officials in pivoting the City's attention toward stoking job growth outside of these places. Continue reading

In the face of attacks from outsiders, Council President Darrell Clarke blames the victims

(Council President Darrell Clarke) This Tuesday, Philadelphians awoke to scenes of arson and vandalism. After weeks of a campaign warning of impending “direct action” against “gentri scum”, the outside agitators acted. Dressed in all black, wielding weapons, and attacking indiscriminately, they burned homes in Point Breeze, broke windows in South Kensington, and continued their pattern of vandalism across the city. Continue reading

Why Philly Zoning Is Still Broken in One Sentence

  ("Better off as a vacant lot than a triplex" - Darrell Clarke, probably | Photo: Flickr/Jukie Bot) We've got a cool event coming up on May 11th that we're partnering on with Urban Land Institute, where we'll be talking with some local experts about what happened in the 5 years since Philly passed zoning reform. The discussion will be focused on neighborhood commercial corridors in particular, since corridor retail has emerged as a major priority area for Mayor Kenney, at least rhetorically. Continue reading

Without State Law Change, Supermarkets Will Keep Bidding Up the Cost of a Restaurant Liquor License

(St. Benjamin Brewing | Photo: Drink Philly) Last year, the Pennsylvania legislature passed some changes to the state liquor code that had the (perhaps unintended) consequence of making R liquor license prices rocket to queasy new heights.  Continue reading

Ed Rendell Endorses Term Limits for City Council, Row Offices

Former Governor Ed Rendell is on something of a 'No Fucks Left to Give' tour lately.  Continue reading

Controller Alan Butkovitz Endorses His Primary Challenger Rebecca Rhynhart For Congress

At the end of Claudia Vargas's piece on Ed Rendell's endorsement of Rebecca Rhynhart for Controller, incumbent Controller Alan Butkovitz previewed a devastating new line of attack on his primary challenger: she's too good for this! Continue reading

Jim Kenney: Release the Block Captain List!

(Philadelphia Less Beautiful Than It Could Be Without Discoverable Block Captains | Photo: AxisPhilly) Imagine if Philly held thousands of elections for hyper-local seats like committeepeople or board of elections, but then refused to let anybody know who won. Continue reading

Bob Brady Hates Ed Rendell's Ward Reform Ideas, But They're the Shot in the Arm Local Politics Needs

(Congressman Bob Brady | Photo: Philadelphia Inquirer) This week former Governor Ed Rendell gave Democratic City Committee chairman Bob Brady some unsolicited advice about cleaning up the city's party organization via an article at City & State--advice that didn't go over so well.  Continue reading