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City Life

Darrell Clarke, Gentrification Is Gentrification — Even If the Developer Is Black

“All my skinfolk ain’t kinfolk,” the legendary Black writer Zora Neale Hurston once said. This quote goes double for Black developers who profit from land […]

City Life

Thomas and Gilmore Richardson Win in Council Primary, Heralding Arrival of Next Generation

With strong performances in Tuesday’s City Council at-large primary, community advocate Isaiah Thomas, 34, and former chief of staff Katherine Gilmore Richardson, 35, are poised […]

City Life

Jamie Gauthier Defeats 27-Year Incumbent Jannie Blackwell in City Council Race

On Tuesday night, Jamie Gauthier, the former executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy, won a highly contested Democratic primary for City Council’s District 3 […]

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City Life

Do You Know Why You’re Voting on Four Ballot Questions This Year?

When you step into the ballot box for Tuesday’s primary election, you will face a number of decisions, from whom to nominate for mayor to whom you’ll select […]

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City Life

The No-B.S. Guide to the 2019 Primary Election

The 2019 municipal primary is nearly here, Philly. If you’re registered to vote, you should absolutely get to the polls on Tuesday. There’s a lot at stake when […]

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For Philly City Council, Incumbency Doesn’t Mean What It Used To

Earlier this year, City Councilman Allan Domb proposed a bill to stamp a 12-year cap on his and his colleagues’ time in office. Term limits […]

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City Life

It’s Official: Speed Cameras Will Be Installed in Philly this Year

If you’re not a big fan of the red-light cameras that have been snapping photos of offending vehicles in Philly since 2005, you’re probably not […]

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Sandra Dungee Glenn on City Council Run: “I Want to Move Families Out of Poverty”

Former chairwoman of the defunct state-led School Reform Commission Sandra Dungee Glenn is running for a City Council at-large seat. We chat with the former […]

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Isaiah Thomas on Why He’s a “Stronger Candidate” in Third City Council Run

Community advocate Isaiah Thomas is running for a City Council at-large seat for the third time since 2011. We chat with the Northwest public servant about being this […]

City Life

Philly White-Collar Union Declines to Endorse Its Own VP for City Council

Amid public accusations of racial and personal bias, AFSCME District Council 47, the union that represents primarily white-collar city employees and supervisors, declined on Thursday […]

City Life

Excessive Drama Surrounding Petition Challenges Is a Turnoff for Voters

The nastiest phase of the Philly election cycle is finally over — and thank goodness it is. Tuesday was the last day for candidates running […]

City Life

Most Charges Dropped Against BBWC Co-Founder Who Disrupted Council Meeting

On Thursday morning, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office dropped six of the seven charges filed against Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative, after a disruption of a City […]

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City Life

Three Signs Philly Is Getting Serious About Street Safety

Back in 2015, some of us were doubtful that Philadelphia officials would support something like Vision Zero, a Swedish-born concept that cities can prevent traffic […]

City Life

Democrats Who Filed to Run for City Council at Large: 34. Chance of Real Change: 0.

The most politically important Tuesday of the year apart from Election Day has just passed, and I’m pissed. Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to […]

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City Life

This Pakistan-Born, London-Raised City Council Candidate Has a Striking Backstory

With roughly two and a half months to go until the May 21st primary election, the race for City Council at-large seats is getting notably crowded. Dozens of Philadelphians […]