Community leaders invited to Las Vegas to tour a Wynn casino similar to the one proposed for the River Wards; Port Richmond residents vote unanimously against a halfway house; Hinge Cafe temporarily closed, and more news in brief.
After promising throughout his campaign to be accessible and involved in the River Ward communities, City Councilman Mark Squilla (D-1st dist.) shows he means to keep his promise.
2011 was a big year for the City of Philadelphia. These are the stories that made the most impact locally.
He was a little man, but he made a big impact on the city with four terms in City Council. Locals will remember him as a South Philly politician who didn’t come around the river wards often enough.
Besides races for mayor and City Council, voters on Tuesday will see a crowded ballot filled with the names of judicial candidates.
The neighborhood's monthly civic meeting touched on a number of topics, from beautification projects to an all-ages club on Delaware Avenue.
The city is using a one-two punch to fine owners of blighted property and take them to court.
In a move to help Port Richmond shake off years of concerns over absentee owners, Maura Kennedy, director of strategic initiatives for the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections, said that for the past three months, Port Richmond has been part of a pilot program to get blighted and abandoned properties back into being functioning elements of the community.
Whether a rift existed in City Council before the passage of new district boundaries last week is a matter of contention. But now that the vote is done, the verbal and political sparring may just be starting.