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City Hall Would Really Rather You Didn’t Help Yourself

Philadelphia has found a new folk hero in Ori Feibush, the scrappy developer who, at his own expense, cleaned up a city-owned vacant lot that […]

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Did Anonymous Just Threaten Philadelphia City Hall Over Vacant Lot Dispute?

Ori Feibush—the Point Breeze developer who dropped $20,000 of his own dough to spruce up a vacant lot adjacent to his coffee shop—apparently has some […]

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Philly 311 Turns Urban Complaints Into High-Tech Gossip

A lot has been made in the last week about the city’s new (and long-awaited) 311 app. The free app, available for Android, iOS and […]

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With “Citizinvestors,” Philly Will Try to Crowdfund its Way to a Better Future

What’s the difference between a citizen and a “Citizinvestor?” In Philadelphia, we’re about to find out. Mayor Michael Nutter on Thursday announced that City Hall […]

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Mayor Nutter Is Hiding Your Money

In the kingdom of the blind, it is said, the one-eyed man is king. But, when it comes to trying to track our money by […]

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Michael Nutter’s Big Disappointment at the DNC

Five minutes. Michael Nutter had five minutes in the national spotlight, five minutes to make the case for Barack Obama’s re-election—and five minutes, incidentally, to […]

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Is Ed Rendell Preparing To Challenge Tom Corbett?

Oh, Ed Rendell: How can we miss you if you never, ever, ever leave? The former governor appeared on NPR Sunday morning with the mission […]

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I’ll Take Philadelphia Politics Over National Politics

I am generally a guy who focuses on Philadelphia matters, but with presidential politics and party conventions dominating all manner of media, it’s hard not […]

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Mayor Nutter Adds Cuts to Five-Year Plan, Gets Approval From City Controller

City Controller Alan Butkovitz has given his approval for Mayor Nutter’s five-year fiscal plan for Philadelphia now that the administration went back and added provisions […]

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Beat a Red-Light Camera Ticket in Philly

According to data released by AAA Mid-Atlantic this month, 33,627 drivers were issued a ticket last year by the red-light camera at the intersection immediately […]

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Mayor Nutter Tells Firefighters to Shut Up While He Blows Smoke

To paraphrase the First Amendment of the federal constitution, “The Mayor of Philadelphia shall make no law abridging firefighters’ freedom of speech … or their […]

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Mayor Nutter’s Five-Year Plan Doesn’t Add Up

Last week, Mayor Nutter submitted the City of Philadelphia’s plan to raise and spend public money for the coming five years to Philadelphia’s state-established financial-oversight […]

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Please, Someone Force Me to Stop Using Plastic Bags

The last time (the only time?) a plastic bag was seen as hauntingly beautiful—as a stand-in, even, for exquisite moments we brush by in our […]

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City of Philadelphia Wants to Protect the Nitwits

We all got a big kick out of the city’s April Fools’ prank this year—the world’s first “e-lane” for distracted pedestrians—but the joke did carry a message: […]

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Rumors Fly in City Hall’s Interim Mayor Situation

It was another difficult spring in Philadelphia for Mayor Michael Nutter: rising homicide rates, a recalcitrant City Council, the schools in disarray.