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  • 16 Sep 2021 3:23 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Areas of Center City left underwater in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida include the Schuylkill River Park community garden. While gardening activities had been winding down before the storm, the river dumped several feet of water and a thick layer of silt on end-of-season produce. The garden steering committee has directed gardeners to dispose of all affected plants and is busy gathering information about possible soil contamination and remediation. Organizations offering guidance include Penn State Extension Services, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. The goal is to restore the soil so that gardeners can be confident in its safety next season. Once procedures are in place, several cleanup sessions will be scheduled. 


  • 15 Sep 2021 10:54 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    It’s burger season. What season is that, you ask? Well, really all of them. A burger is just as good on a hot day by the pool as it is in a cozy pub on a winter night.

    Best burgers in Philly to eat right now (msn.com)

  • 15 Sep 2021 10:46 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The company, which has come under fire for workplace issues, promises a minimum of $15 an hour plus benefits.

    Amazon Philadelphia hiring spree: Nearly 5k of jobs planned for region - On top of Philly news (billypenn.com)

  • 15 Sep 2021 10:42 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The incident happened Saturday, 9/11, around 2 a.m. near the intersection of 18th and Sansom streets.

    Philadelphia shooting: A shooting near 18th and Sansom streets leaves a man injured Saturday. - 6abc Philadelphia

  • 14 Sep 2021 2:33 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The initial numbers from the 2020 Census data are out, and Philadelphia has experienced a 5.1% growth. Gains in the Hispanic and Asian populations are responsible for driving this growth, with 36% and 39% respective increases in each group. Philadelphia is growing in both its size and diversity. 

    As City leaders, it is our responsibility to ensure that we are holistically addressing the needs of the public that we serve, and that includes when populations shift and grow, and being finely attuned to these dynamics and tensions. The needs of the community last year were loud and pronounced as many in our city experienced a racial awakening through the deeply painful tragedy of George Floyd’s murder. Similarly, the tragedy in Atlanta that impacted the AAPI community nationally forced us to really look at our inequitable systems and structures. 

    Learn more about the 2020 Census shifts, and what that means towards building a more equitable city below.

    No to Hate and Violence


  • 07 Sep 2021 2:18 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    To help the City understand the extent of damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida and to see where resources and recovery assistance may be needed, we’re asking anyone impacted by this severe storm to answer a short survey and upload any photos they may have into our damage assessment tool.

    Additional weather alerts or emergency information will be sent to ReadyPhiladelphia subscribers (via text message) as well as on OEM’s social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

    Below, residents can find:

    • Rolling updates.
    • Where to report issues.
    • Helpful links and resources.
    • Frequently asked questions.

    Hurricane Ida Resources


  • 27 Aug 2021 9:23 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On Twitter via nbc10 - refugees coming to PHILLY #BREAKING Philadelphia International Airport will be the second airport in the nation to receive evacuees from Afghanistan, a spokesperson with the Mayor’s Office confirmed with NBC10.

  • 25 Aug 2021 1:52 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    A new United Nations report confirmed earlier this month what many climate scientists had long been warning: It’s too late to stop climate change from happening. The world will get hotter over the next 30 years — and the temperatures will bring with them more flooding, heat waves and other serious weather conditions.

    https://billypenn.com/2021/08/24/climate-change-philadelphia-tips-carbon-footprint-vegan-emissions/

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