Archive: February, 2012
Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Rep. Mark Cohen hasn’t racked up 40 years in the Pennsylvania legislature by taking his political opponents lightly.
When he heard that Numa St. Louis, 31, an Olney educator, was planning a run against him this spring, Cohen discovered they were both Facebook devotees — St. Louis with more than 700 friends, Cohen with more than 5,000.
Not only that, St. Louis had created a campaign page — Team Numa — and many of Cohen’s colleagues in the state House were listed as Numa’s friends.
Philadelphia doesn’t have a lot of money to spend on, well, on anything, but hey, a city can dream, right? One of the biggest dreams is a planning effort called Philadelphia2035, the city’s first comprehensive effort in 50 years to talk about what our neighborhoods and streets should look like.
On Tuesday, the City Planning Commission unveiled drafts of the first two plans for individual neighborhoods, and they propose big changes.
Anybody who has visited the Please Touch Museum or Kelly Pool can see the potential in the neighborhood the city calls West Park: A vast swath of green surrounded by charming homes with porches. If it were in New York City, it would be surrounded by multimillion dollar homes. Instead, much of West Park is poor, and the sections of Fairmount Park that dominate it are unknown to many people in the rest of the city.
Troy Graham @troyjgraham on Twitter
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown's quest to find new money for the cash-strapped School District of Philadelphia will continue Thursday, when she plans to introduce a bill to allow advertising on city school buses.
This comes on the heels of last week's bill to let bars stay open an hour later - until 3 a.m. - thus collecting an extra hour's worth of liquor tax for the kiddies.
Advertising also seems to be a theme of this new Council, with President Darrell Clarke offering up the idea to sell space on city property.