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Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

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One of Us: Jannie Blackwell

My full name is … Jannie — with two “N’s” — L. Blackwell. The “L” stands for Lorraine. My maiden name is Brooks. They used […]

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Could West Philly’s Brand-New $50K Bike Lane Disappear?

A lot of people are talking about West Philly’s new one-way protected bike lane – the city’s first. The 1.1 mile lane on Chestnut Street between 45th […]


Kudos for a One-Man Community Development Corporation

For many years, the nicest building at the intersection of 40th and Chestnut streets in University City was the one with the sign reading “Chestnut […]

Hillary Clinton - West Philadelphia High School rally
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Clinton Campaign Announces “Pa. African Americans for Hillary”

After a voter registration drive and policy speech in Philadelphia Tuesday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign launched “Pennsylvania African Americans for Hillary” on Wednesday. Included in the […]

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Hillary Clinton Will Speak at West Philadelphia High School Today

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will headline a voter registration event at West Philadelphia High School today. The former Secretary of State is expected to speak sometime […]


How Jim Kenney’s Big Soda Tax Victory Is Upending City Hall

For years, Philadelphians saw government dysfunction everywhere they looked. In City Hall, former Mayor Michael Nutter was so impotent that he couldn’t persuade a single Council […]


New Bill Would Wipe Out Older Parking Fines

Have you gotten a ticket for parking in a loading zone or overstaying the two-hour parking restrictions? Did you do it more than three years ago […]

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City Council Women to DA: Fire Porngate Prosecutors

This morning, as promised, the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women held a press conference in City Council’s Caucus room in City Hall […]


University City Continues to Grow with Planned 3.0 University Place Complex

Philadelphia’s new boom – in population, jobs, housing, restaurants, retailers, and office space – is well documented. But if you thought Center City was the only one […]


Drexel Food Truck Bill Tabled

In June, Councilperson Jannie Blackwell introduced legislation to limit food truck numbers and movement on and around Drexel University’s campus. Earlier this month critics called […]


New Legislation Could End Drexel’s Food Truck Culture

When Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla’s legislation to modernize Philadelphia’s code regarding food trucks and carts passed earlier this year, the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association saw […]


The Brief: The Coffee Can That Can Kill a Politician’s Dreams

That innocuous-looking coffee can right there — yeah, that one — can kill a candidate’s dreams. It can also suddenly transform a lackluster candidate into a threat. That’s because, […]


Jannie Blackwell, Stephanie Singer’s Candidacies Challenged in Court

[Updated at 10:40 p.m.] Any candidate or voter who wanted to get a contender kicked off the May 19th primary ballot had to file a legal […]

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Council Committee OKs Rolling Back Rules for Tax-Exempt Groups

A Philadelphia City Council committee OKed a bill Monday that would roll back new rules aimed at ensuring that local nonprofits are eligible for the property […]

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Philly, These Three Questions Could Be on Your May Ballot

The Philadelphia City Council passed legislation this week that would put three questions on the ballot in the May 19th primary. These are the pesky little queries that […]