The gist: PlanPhilly reports that the Philadelphia Parking Authority has picked a company — Pango USA — to provide a pay by phone parking service. The cost to the consumer is one cent per transaction, PlanPhilly reports. The system could be ready to go within 60 days, but will be piloted between 4th and 20th Streets and Arch and Locust Streets first. Read more »
But the move isn’t completely official yet. In order to pass, the bill requires a change to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, which must be signed by the Mayor and voted on by the public in the November general election. The ballot measure will read:
Mayor Michael Nutter might not be swearing in these images — but the odds are decent. Photos | Top row, Jeff Fusco. Bottom row, from left, Matt Rourke/AP, Meet the Press, Matt Rourke/AP
When Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter leaves office, we’ll miss his potty mouth.
Since he was sworn in seven years ago, he has called an assortment of criminals “real assholes,” “complete assholes” and “little assholes.” He’s dubbed a proposal by the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre “a completely dumb-ass idea.” He’s said of negligent city workers, “I would kick their ass myself.”
Usually, Nutter swears in reaction to the city’s gun violence. It often comes across as genuine, like someone who is truly frustrated by the senselessness of it all. Just last week, he said a shooter was an “asshole” after wounding an 8-year-old. The downside is that Nutter’s name-calling sometimes undercuts the seriousness of a situation — is the person responsible for a child’s shooting really just an “asshole”?
Regardless, there is a political benefit to cussing: Nutter looks like a regular Joe when he lets a bad word slip. He also nearly always gets local media attention, and occasionally even wins national coverage. We’re not ashamed to add to that mountain of reports. For your profane pleasure, here are nine of Nutter’s most high-profile cusses in chronological order:
Mayor Nutter is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of whoever wounded an 8-year-old girl, Aniyah Curry, in a weekend road-rage incident — and offered one of his memorably profane moments in the process. Read more »
The Philadelphia Parking Authority wants to offer a new smartphone app that would nearly automate the process of paying for on-street parking, but it has run into opposition from the Nutter Administration. Turns out the city that gave the world Parking Wars depends on some friction in the process.
Otherwise, officials say, it’ll be hard to raise money for Philadelphia public schools. KYW reports: Read more »
Last week we told you about the 36,000 black men “missing” in Philadelphia, gone from the city either because they’re in prison or dead at a young age. Some experts believe overincarceration is a problem, but Mayor Michael Nutter isn’t buying it.
On CNN’s State of the Union with Michael Smerconish on Sunday, Nutter rejected the idea he should reduce enforcement of low-level crimes in order to reduce high levels of incarceration: Read more »