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City of Philadelphia

(Mummers perform at the mayor's preview annoucement for the New Year's Day parade.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Mayor Nutter Says This Year’s Mummers’ Parade Will Be Pride of Philadelphia

“You can only get this in Philadelphia,” says mayor Michael Nutter, “but it’s also the oldest continuous folk festival in the world.”

12/20/2013

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Outlines City’s Plan For Round 2 of December Snows

The mayor says the overnight crews will be salting first, with plowing to begin later in the day as the snow arrives.

12/09/2013

(At City Hall, Mayor Nutter receives the report on city office space.  At left are city public property commissioner Bridget Collins-Greenwald and Tom Knox, who headed the task force.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

New Report Highlights City Of Phila. Waste In Office Space Management

The report has ten key recommendations that the task force believes could help the city save between $66 million and $121 million over five years.

12/06/2013

(City officials including Mayor Nutter announce the city's new tax relief program for gentrified properties.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Launches Property Tax Gentrification Relief Program

It is the second major relief program to result from the new property assessments that were mailed out earlier this year, for tax bills that are due early next year.

12/04/2013

(The center city Philadelphia skyline.  Credit: CBS)

Energy-Audit Deadline Arrives For Philadelphia Commercial Property Owners

It’s a new law in Philadelphia: commercial building owners must now use an EPA web site to calculate their energy usage, then report that figure annually to the city.

11/25/2013

(A RISE orientation session at Philadelphia Municipal Court, 11th and Ludlow Streets.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Once Called Ex-Cons, Philadelphia ‘Returning Citizens’ Begin Six Weeks of Reintegration

More than 70 people sat in a room that was standing-room-only. In the first hour, reintegration specialists set the tone.

11/13/2013

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Nutter Hoping To Keep Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia From Closing Down

The Israeli consulate is Philadelphia may or may not be marked for closure, but local officials including Mayor Nutter are pulling out all the stops to make sure it doesn’t.

11/04/2013

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Lawsuit Claims City Is To Blame For Abuse Of Woman Found In Tacony Basement

The city of Philadelphia is the target in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the the mother of Beatrice Weston, the young woman found chained in a Tacony Basement in 2011.

10/26/2013

(The interior of Philadelphia club Delilah's, without the dancers.  Photo provided)

Phila. Tax Board Rejects Nutter Administration Attempt To Tax Lap Dances

The Nutter administration earlier this year had sent tax bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to three gentlemen’s clubs, with city officials contending that the amusement tax applies to lap dances performed in back rooms.

10/08/2013

(The PICA board meets on September 17th to consider the City of Philadelphia's five-year spending plan.  It was approved unanimously.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

State Oversight Agency OKs Philadelphia’s Five-Year Budget Plan

The five members of PICA -– the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority -– voted unanimously to approve Mayor Nutter’s long-range budget despite misgivings over the slim surpluses and the looming cost of new union contracts.

09/17/2013

(US Rep. Bob Brady speaks with reporters after meeting with Mayor Nutter at Philadelphia City Hall.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Cong. Bob Brady Presses Nutter To Pitch For 2016 Democratic Convention

US Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.) met privately with Nutter at City Hall for about one hour, making the case to have this city bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

09/16/2013

(Protesters calling for more funding for Philadelphia's public schools disrupt the opening meeting of City Council's fall session.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Tug-of-War Over Philadelphia School Funding Draws City Hall Protests

Dozens of school advocates interrupted the conclusion of Thursday’s City Council meeting with jeers for the mayor and Council because of the school funding stalemate.

09/12/2013

(Mayor Nutter announces he is dropping the fight against the 2009 pay raise for city firefighters.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Suddenly Drops Fight Against Firefighters’ 2009 Pay Raises

At a City Hall news conference, the mayor said increased tax revenues now give the city a greater ability to afford the contract award, so his administration has dropped its appeal in Commonwealth Court.

09/06/2013

(Credit: Paul Kurtz)

North Philly Playground Gets Makeover From a Social-Change Organization

The new court, which cost about $80,000, comes courtesy of Beyond Sport, an organization that looks at sports in the context of social change.

09/06/2013

(Artist rendering of a proposed 9/11 memorial for Franklin Square.  Image provided by Phila911)

Group Will Continue To Fight For Its Own 9/11 Memorial in Philadelphia

A group calling itself “Phila911″ proposes a memorial in Franklin Square featuring 9-foot, 11-inch replicas of the twin towers, with a replica of the Liberty Bell suspended between the two.

09/05/2013

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