Morning Headlines: West Philly Neighborhood Is First National Promise Zone

Obama will make the announcement today.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo by Roseluna via Wikimedia Commons.

A new federal program has chosen five poverty-stricken, disadvantaged areas of the country and named them Promise Zones, offering federal assistance and hope that unemployment and a lack of economic investment in the areas can be turned around.

Today, Mayor Nutter will be in D.C. as President Obama gives details of the zones in San Antonio, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. In West Philadelphia, the zone includes the neighborhood of Mantua, more than half of whose residents live in poverty.

Gotta give it to Nutter: He does advocate for Philadelphia on the national level.

Obama makes West Philly a ‘Promise’ [Daily News]

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