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  • 14 Sep 2020 4:07 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    If six local businessmen have their way, the Drexel Building at 15th & Walnut could be the home of both Philadelphia’s largest restaurant and the sports betting parlor of the future. The venue, to be called “Bankroll”, would be a 24,000 square-foot restaurant, casino and entertainment venue. The location was most recently an LA Fitness, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (

  • 14 Sep 2020 4:01 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    You may recall that on June 8, in the aftermath of George Floyd's murder, 14 of the 17 members of City Council sent a letter to Mayor Kenney containing 15 relatively specific recommendations for police department reform, and that the next day, Kenney issued a document titled: "Actions for change: No budget increase, new use-of-force policies, changes to union contract, and more." That document responded affirmatively to each of the 15 recommendations in the June 8 letter, and went much further, with more specifics. The CCRA Board voted to endorse these proposed reforms, and to so advise the Mayor and City Council. In addition, encouraged by Council's and the Mayor's acknowledgments that "police reform cannot wait," that the City must "act decisively," and that we must "seize the moment" and "move quickly because too many lives are being lost," we requested two things: (1) that the Mayor and Councilmembers ask the FOP to renegotiate its contract now, given the centrality of the City's contract with the police union to the implementation of several of the reforms; and (2) that Council convene over its traditional 10-week summer recess in order to hold hearings and enact the legislation necessary to effectuate the proposed reforms. Our June 25 letter, emailed to the Mayor and each Councilmember, concluded with the following: "In keeping with the urgency of the moment, we look forward to a speedy response." 

    Despite sending a follow-up letter on July 29, the only responses we received were from Councilmembers Mark Squilla and Kendra Brooks, with nothing from the Mayor's office. Furthermore, Council did not convene during its summer recess (from June 18 to September 10) nor, to the best of our knowledge, has the Administration or any Councilmember asked the FOP to renegotiate its contract.

  • 12 Sep 2020 10:19 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Welcoming immigrants and connecting communities in Philadelphia

  • 12 Sep 2020 9:45 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

     A travel advisory for those who use the Schuylkill Expressway in Center City. I-76 West will be reduced to one lane beginning on Monday for median reconstruction between the University Avenue and 30th Street interchanges.

    This will last through the end of the year

  • 10 Sep 2020 3:17 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has selected the Durst Organization to execute a $2.2 billion redevelopment of two prominent parcels along Old City's riparian shore — effectively ending a competing bid by the Philadelphia 76ers to construct a new arena on the site.,new%20arena%20on%20the%20site.

  • 10 Sep 2020 12:59 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Every September since 2004, National Preparedness Month has served as a reminder to be ready for anything. Staying prepared is even more important during COVID-19. Being prepared can help you and your community through an emergency.

  • 09 Sep 2020 2:55 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As we head into the fall, Pennsylvania health officials are concerned we could be dealing with two dangerous viruses — COVID-19 and influenza. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine urged everyone to get a flu shot.

  • 08 Sep 2020 3:31 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City of Philadelphia recently announced that on September 1, 2020 the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) began enforcing the Wage Equity Ordinance, which prohibits employers from asking job applicants for their salary histories or using salary history to set their wages. The goal of the Ordinance is to help close the wage gap for women and people of color. An FAQ for employers is available on PCHR’s website.

  • 08 Sep 2020 1:48 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Three people eating at a table; two people are wearing masks.

    Indoor dining is back in Philadelphia starting September 8, 2020. Most of Philadelphia’s guidelines and restrictions are consistent with statewide rules—all of which aim to keep people healthy while gradually and safely reopening.

    The City looks forward to continuing to expand allowable operations for Philadelphia’s restaurant industry, as well as reopening additional indoor businesses.

    What diners need to know

    Many residents are looking forward to returning to their favorite indoor restaurants, and it’s no wonder—Philly is a bona fide foodie town. While you’re enjoying your dining experience, restaurants workers and operators will be enforcing strict guidelines to keep you and your loved ones safe.

    Here are some new guidelines and updates you should know:

    • A maximum of four people can be seated together inside. If you have more than four people in your party, you will be at separate tables that are at least six feet apart. Six people per table are allowed for outdoor dining.
    • You’ll see fewer people around you. Restaurants cannot allow more than 25 percent of their normal capacity.
    • You cannot sit at a bar. Alcohol can be served only for on-site consumption at your table when in the same transaction as your meal.
    • Servers must wear both masks and face shields for additional protection. Diners must wear masks when they aren’t seated at their table.
    • Restaurants will be installing sneeze guards or partitions in their kitchens and at cash registers, host stands, and food pickup areas, where maintaining physical distance of at least six feet is difficult.

    Most importantly, if you don’t feel well, do not risk other people’s health—stay home!

    Outdoor dining will continue under its current guidelines, including a maximum capacity of 50 people.

    Restaurant owners and operators: View the full list of restrictions for restaurants and food trucks.

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