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  • 18 May 2022 2:48 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    'Blocking a bike lane with a parked car is dangerous, and the PPA will issue tickets to vehicles that illegally park in bike lanes,' Philadelphia Parking Authority Deputy Executive Director Corinne O’Connor said.

    PPA Cracking Down on Drivers Parking in Philadelphia Bike Lanes, Here’s How – NBC10 Philadelphia (

  • 16 May 2022 1:34 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Before you leave to vote on Tuesday:

    Check your voter registration status.

    • Confirm that you can vote in Philadelphia for the election.

    Find your polling place.

    • Make sure to look up your polling place location ahead of time!

    Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to vote.

    • Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are in line by 8 p.m., you must be allowed to vote.

    Make a travel plan.

    • You can plan to walk, drive, take public transit, or explore other options like Indego, the City’s bike-share program.

    At the Polls

    The voting machines are accessible, and accommodations can be made if people need additional assistance. Poll workers at your voting location can also help you if you have any questions or need help.

    Want more information about how to use the voting machine? We have a guide for that.

    Get more information on election day in Philadelphia below.

    Election Day Guide

  • 12 May 2022 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    Read the JEDI status report here: JeDI status report.pdf

  • 05 May 2022 2:43 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The temps are rising — and your happy hour should be too. It is rooftop bar season, after all.

    There’s nothing quite like taking in the stunning views atop the Philadelphia region’s best drinking and dining establishments with a bite to eat and a drink in hand.

    Philadelphia’s skyward hospitality reaches new heights with the bird’s-eye views at places like the new Victory Brewing Company taproom on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Bok Bar in South Philadelphia and El Techo in Rittenhouse Square.

    And in the surrounding Greater Philadelphia region, stunning views can be easily paired with craft beers (East Branch Brewing Co.), margaritas (Mas Mexicali Cantina), lawn games (Off the Rail) and more.

    Below are some great spots to catch a few rays over bites and brews during what is arguably the best time for alfresco eating and drinking. Just don’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen.

    The Best Rooftop Bars and Restaurants in Philly - Visit Philadelphia (

  • 02 May 2022 1:30 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia needs poll workers. Help champion democracy—become a poll worker today.

    Poll Workers open voting machines at the beginning of the day, check voters into the polling place and support the functioning of the polling place.

    Individuals interested in filling these positions must attend training and be available to work on Election Day from 6:15 AM until election materials are picked up from the polling place location sometime after 8:00 PM.

    Appointed Poll Workers must be qualified electors of Philadelphia and meet all other qualifications required of election board officers.

    Learn more and apply below.


    Become a Poll Worker

  • 02 May 2022 1:22 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Established by the U.S. Congress in the 1990s, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month highlights the stories of people in the United States who are of Asian or Pacific Islander descent. This includes people from the Asian continent and islands across the South Pacific including Hawaii, American Samoa, Federated Islands of Micronesia, Guam, and more.

    This May, the City of Philadelphia and many community organizations are hosting celebrations as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! See some of these events listed below.

    Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! | Mayor's Office of Public Engagement | City of Philadelphia

  • 25 Apr 2022 1:13 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health has relied on local data to guide its efforts to mitigate the crisis. This has included the department’s changing recommendations and mandates about wearing masks to reduce the spread of transmission.

    In early April 2022, a worrying rise in case counts and hospitalizations prompted the City to announce a new mask mandate. Philadelphia residents masked up and redoubled their efforts to protect themselves and others. Thanks to them, the Health Department was happy to announce the end of the mask mandate on Friday, April 22, 2022. This decision was based on an assessment of hospitalization data and Philadelphia’s overall risk level.

    Masks are still strongly recommended in indoor public settings to help reduce transmission and keep Philadelphia at a low risk level.

  • 22 Apr 2022 11:47 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The mask mandate ended with a unanimous vote from the Philadelphia Board of Health Thursday, and city health commissioner Cheryl Bettigole said the entire system being used to evaluate COVID-19 risk in the city was being scrapped.

    ”It is a rescission of the existing metrics that would require masking at a certain level,” said Bettigole.

    A news release from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Friday morning confirmed the end of the tiered risk evaluation system.

    With the end of the indoor mask requirement, which required people to wear masks within indoor public settings like businesses, offices, and gyms, the city shifted to a “strong recommendation” that people cover their faces.

  • 18 Apr 2022 2:25 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Hands Around City Hall

    On April 29 help us to form a human chain around City Hall by joining hands in a moment of silence as we honor the many people who have experienced sexual assault.

    We will draw attention to the work that needs to be done to ensure continued support of survivors and provide resources from many partner organizations.

    Sign up below.

    Hands Around City Hall

  • 12 Apr 2022 3:11 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia loves a champion! In 2021, five Philadelphia youth teams brought home national titles in football and cheer. 

    The championship teams will celebrate with their family, friends, and local communities this Saturday, April 9, at a Celebration of Champions hosted in their honor.

    Celebration of Champions honors a year of national titles for Philadelphia youth athletes | Office of Special Events | City of Philadelphia

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