Your City Defined: What Is Councilmanic Prerogative?

Philadelphia’s “You scratch my back, I’ll get you that property deal” tradition

By The Philadelphia Citizen Staff

The Fix: Is City Council Anti-Democratic?

The public corruption trial of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and a lawsuit against Councilwoman Jamie Gauthier puts the practice of councilmanic prerogative on trial

By Larry Platt

Why Can’t Philly Stop Pedestrian Deaths?

More Philly walkers were hit by cars in 2020 than any other recent year. Blame for the City’s Vision Zero failure lies with a familiar culprit: councilmanic prerogative, says Philly 3.0’s engagement director

By Jon Geeting

The Fix: R.I.P Councilmanic Prerogative

Every councilperson convicted of a crime in Philly since 1981 committed offenses related to councilmanic prerogative. There is, Philly 3.0’s engagement director says, another way: Planning

By Jon Geeting

The opposite of Councilmanic Prerogative

It’s not rocket science, as Philly 3.0’s engagement director notes. It’s planning

By Jon Geeting

Kenyatta’s Gentrification Blame Game

The Councilman says his opponent is responsible for soaring home prices in South Philly. But as Philly 3.0's engagement director notes, he's the one with the power

By Jon Geeting

The Vacant Land Problem…

...is still a City Council problem. Philly 3.0’s engagement director on a new report that puts Councilmanic Prerogative in the cross hairs

By Jon Geeting

The Fix: The Real Problem with Corrupt Land Sales? City Council

As Philly 3.0's engagement director notes, reform is hampered by Council's refusal to grapple with its own worst impulses

By Jon Geeting