The Broad Street Brief: Mayor Parker, President Biden Talk Federal Assistance
January 18, 2024
January 18, 2024
Mayor Cherelle Parker discussed federal assistance for public safety, affordable housing, and the opioid crisis with President Joe Biden during his third visit to Philadelphia this year in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Philabundance.
The Sheriff’s Office has not held an auction of tax-delinquent properties since April 2021, leading to disagreement over who is responsible for this failure and leaving the City’s ability to collect revenue and redevelop blighted land in limbo.
Colossal troll sculptures by Danish artist Thomas Dambo made of repurposed wood and inspired by Scandinavian folklore will make their East Coast debut at the Philadelphia Zoo in February. The works tell a story about protecting the planet through sustainable practices, with each troll having a unique name, story, and environmental mission.
Longtime President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Jerry Jordan is retiring after leading the 13,000-member union since 2007. Arthur Steinberg, current president of the American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania, will succeed him.
An analysis by RentCafe shows that Philadelphia is the only city in the Northeast where a $1,700 monthly budget for rent can provide over 1,000 square feet of space, with the most space available in the 19135 zip code covering Tacony and Wissinoming neighborhoods.
Philadelphia is investing $25 million in three major water infrastructure projects using funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to address existing vulnerabilities and enhance the city’s resilience to climate change impacts on its water and sewer systems.
Last year, 23 children under the age of 18 died from gunfire in Philadelphia, many of whom were children of color and disproportionately impacted by poverty, violence, and systemic challenges. The Philadelphia Inquirer tells their stories.
The Philadelphia Art Commission unanimously approved “A Higher Power: The Call of a Freedom Fighter” by Alvin Pettit for a permanent Harriet Tubman statue outside City Hall, honoring Tubman as a leader, Civil War hero, and the first woman to lead a U.S. armed military operation. The sculpture is set to be completed in 2025.
Executive Director of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership Julie Slavet and Executive Director of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania Molly Parzen highlight the importance of President Biden’s agricultural policies, particularly in the federal farm bill, in addressing climate change and protecting water quality in Philadelphia.
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February 22, 2024
February 22, 2024