The mayor had proposed selling the garage beneath Love Park and then using city money to renovate the park itself. Council president Clarke proposed turning much of the park over to new restaurants, with money from those leases paying for the renovation.
A group of Fairmount Park advocates says that Council president Darrell Clarke’s plan to put restaurants in Love Park would turn that famed site into “a food court.”
There once was a mayor named Nutter, and today, rather than rely on bad limericks, he named a new Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.
“We are celebrating what once seemed impossible as possible,” said Sister Mary Scullion, co-founder of Project Home, the driving force behind the Stephen Klein Wellness Center.
“We need the BRT right now,” Councilman Mark Squilla says. “We need them to have these hearings. We need them to make sure they’re fair and as soon as possible.”
City Councilman Bill Green says Philly’s 2006 smoking ban — authored by then-Councilman Michael Nutter — already needs to be updated.
Mayor Nutter seems to be at odds with his own police department over that longtime Philadelphia tradition of claiming an on-street parking space that you just dug out after a snowstorm.
Mayor Nutter said the city’s snow emergency will be lifted as of 6pm Wednesday, and that the nonessential portions of city government that are closed today will be open tomorrow.
Chris reviews New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s inauguration, the snowstorm engulfing the Delaware Valley, and President Obama’s comments on legalizing marijuana. He also talks to Tom McGrath from Philadelphia Magazine.
As expected, Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett filled two seats on the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.
Controller Alan Butkovitz wants to know why the Nutter Administration fired 13 part-time Rec Center workers for holding other jobs, when top aides to the mayor are given multiple titles in order to boost their salaries.
“I trudged in here just to be here for the pep rally, ” said Debra, who lives in West Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Streets Department continues to plow and salt in an effort to get roads cleared in all neighborhoods.
Within days of the collapse, Mayor Nutter announced new restrictions on how contractors in Philadelphia obtain demolition permits.
City Council president Darrell Clarke got fellow lawmakers to agree to a plan that would recover money sent to the school district by selling some unused school buildings to developers.