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Citywide Survey Says We Love the Fire Department, Agree to Disagree on the Water

When Mayor Jim Kenney first took office in 2016, it had been a decade since anyone in the Mayor’s Office performed a systematic survey asking […]

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What’s Worse Than Jim Kenney Trying to Squelch Press Freedom? Having His Team Lie About It

Update, 9/17: In a conversation with Philadelphia magazine’s attorney this morning, city solicitor Marcel Pratt confirmed that information requests from the magazine no longer have […]

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Why Philly Mag Is Fighting the Kenney Administration’s Attempt to Undermine a Free Press

These aren’t the easiest of days for the news media in the United States. Not only has the business model that’s supported journalism been disrupted […]

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City Says It’s Sorry That Your Trash Hasn’t Been Picked Up

Trash pickup is one of those basic city services that people expect to work correctly, and then they freak out, rightfully so, when things go […]

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Is Philly Really Less Corrupt Than It Used to Be?

Need a belly laugh? This fall, the Washington, D.C.-based mag Governing praised Philadelphia for virtually stamping out political corruption. I wish I were exaggerating. The […]

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Where the $184 Million in City Bonds We Approved Will Be Spent

Bond questions have been on the ballot for the last six elections. And, yesterday, Philadelphia voters passed a ballot question, 65-35, authorizing a bond measure […]

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Here’s Who’s Parking on City Hall’s Doorstep

Update: Read the Nutter administration’s response to questions on City Hall parking here. The new $55 million Dilworth Park has its critics, but I’ve become a […]

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Ethics Board Aims to Clamp Down on Campaign Spending Loopholes

Looking ahead to the 2015 mayoral campaign, the Board of Ethics met yesterday to hash out a series of proposed changes to the city’s campaign-finance […]

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Michael Nutter’s Incorruptible Administration

This is the Golden Age of ethics for the City of Philadelphia. But I’ll grant that it might not seem that way. Philadelphia’s Traffic Court […]

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Controversial Philly Nursing Home Remains Open Despite Complaints

The Daily News’ Will Bunch writes today of the untenable situation at the Philadelphia Nursing Home. The city-owned care facility is not solely for senior […]