Building a Better Budget

Mayor Kenney has been an inveterate spender. So why doesn’t his newest budget proposal invest more in working class growth, like mayors are doing in cities from Newark to Dayton?

By Larry Platt

How Philly Sees Philly: No More Councilmanic Prerogative

The latest polling data from A Greater Philadelphia proves what good government advocates have long said is true: Voters want an end to Council-controlled land deals

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

How Philly Sees Philly: The Soda Tax is Still Controversial

The latest data from A Greater Philadelphia unpacks how local Dems view Mayor Kenney’s self-proclaimed biggest accomplishment

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Zelensky for Mayor?

The world is getting an inspiring crash course in leadership during crisis from a former comic in Ukraine. Is anyone who aspires to lead Philadelphia paying attention?

By Larry Platt

Philly’s War on Restaurants

The Kenney administration’s stealth regulations on streateries shows yet more disdain for restaurateurs and their employees. Why vilify frontline workers?

By Larry Platt

Potholes, Litter and Customer Service

Amid a tsunami of crises, there’s still a way for Jim Kenney to turn things around and bring the city back: Become a quality-of-life mayor

By Larry Platt

Is It Time For a Citywide Vaccine Mandate?

Boston and New York City both instituted more sweeping vaccine mandates to keep their residents healthy. In Philly, we let Mummers strut. What more could Mayor Kenney do to ensure everyone gets their shots?

By Josh Kruger

Honey, Council Shrunk The Mayor

Mayor Kenney ended 2021 complaining that he’s responsible for things that are out of his control. Council President Darrell Clarke sees a power vacuum. Is that a good thing?

By Larry Platt