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  • 18 Feb 2021 3:27 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    According to Haley Jordan, project lead at the city's Office of Sustainability, "As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we've seen 25-50 percent increases in trash and recycling tonnage curbside due to more waste being generated at home." 

    There are many ways you can help. First, recycling "right" - making sure to rinse containers and checking the list of recyclable materials According to the City of Philadelphia, "' 'wrong' recycling is actually worse than not recycling at all. It contaminates the recycling stream which not only ruins good materials and damages equipment—it endangers our recycling workers. And it only takes one bad bin to ruin a truckload of good recycling."

    Many of our household essentials and products we buy most often come in single use packaging and / or with additional packaging waste when bought online. Refilling into reusable containers solves this problem...think hand soap into a glass container. Both refilling and reusing are even better options than recycling, as they put less strain on our systems. Here are some great tips on reducing and reusing from the EPA

    Composting may seem intimidating, but it can also make a major impact in decreasing climate impacts of waste. There are several local companies that will provide you with the materials, pick it up for you, and in some cases, even sell soil that's been fertilized by the compost. 

    With a few steps, you can help decrease Philadelphia's waste particularly during this time of increased trash. For a broader view, check out the City’s

    Zero Waste (by 2035) goal and associated programs.

    Jacqui Hehn, Mlkmn

  • 18 Feb 2021 12:40 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As mayors of Pennsylvania cities, we witness the human toll the pandemic takes each day it stretches on. We see families losing loved ones, jobless workers struggling to make ends meet, kids stuck at home and isolated, and businesses closing their doors for good. Across our Commonwealth, residents continue to suffer.

    https://www.phila.gov/2021-02-17-pennsylvania-cities-need-the-american-rescue-plan-and-we-cannot-wait/

  • 18 Feb 2021 11:18 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    UPDATE FROM 9TH POLICE DISTRICT 

    NEW INITIATIVE: BICYCLE TASK FORCE: Captain Hooven working with Inspector Evers  has initiated a bicycle taskforce to patrol an area including Center City West -  the community between  Broad Street and  Rittenhouse Square  from Arch to Locust. The patrols have been dispatched between 5:30 pm and 6:30 and the officers have been directed to focus on various buildings including the WAWA on 16th and the Rite Aid at 17th as well as 18th  Street between Chestnut and Walnut. Suggestions for other areas of focus for these patrols should be emailed to centercitycoalition@gmail.com

    THE HOMELESS SERVICE DETAIL: A service detail of ten officers from the 9th (west of Broad) and the 6th (East of Broad) is  assigned to 3 shifts over a 24 hour period to deal with street people. Last week the detail counted 250 homeless sleeping in the area from Aviation Park at the Franklin Institute east to the Basilica, then south to Rittenhouse Sq. and east to 13th . The goal is to shepherd these individuals  to City Services. The Detail officers know a substantial percentage of these people, perhaps 2/3, as to whether they are veterans, involved in retail theft etc.

    COORDINATION WITH SOCIAL SERVICES: Communications between police and social services are on the upswing. Capt. Hooven of the 9th District and Liz Hersh of Office of Homeless Services are in touch almost daily.

    DRUG ACTIVITY is down a bit due in part to the cold weather which  diminishes street transactions but also  to the bike patrols  and  an initiative launched as a result of intelligence gathered through the investigation of the November murder at the  15th and Market Close Pin. The District is looking into the phone booth at 15th and Locust which is involved in the drug marketing and is looking.

    SPRINGTIME GOALS: The 9th District is aware that the May riots and the loss of street traffic incident to the pandemic has affected the public’s perception of Center City. Consequently, the goal is to ramp up initiatives to deal with street issues by the time that Spring arrives. 

  • 11 Feb 2021 2:34 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Encouraging conversations have emerged from the January 20 letter presented by a startup community group, the Center City Coalition (CCC)  seeking City Hall’s  attention to quality of life/street issues. The CCC arose from  the initiatives mounted by  President Maggie Mund in the summer of 2019. Currently, the group’s efforts are facilitated   by two former CCRA presidents, Matt Fontana and Steve Huntington  working with Jane Green who resides in Two Liberty Place.

    The first respondents to the January 20, CCC letter were At Large Councilpersons  Alan Domb  and Derek Green and District Councilperson Mark Squilla (who represents the Center City neighborhoods east of Broad) which led to  three productive Zooms   in the first three days of February. Within the next few days, CCC representatives Zoomed with staffers from the offices of the two CCCRAland Councilpeople, Kenyatta Johnson, and Council President Darrell Clarke and, as a result, arrangements are being made for CCC representatives to meet with the Council President. Further meetings with other Councilpeople are in the works.

    On February 9, the Mayor’s office assembled a wide array of City representatives to Zoom with CCC delegates.  Attending were emissaries from the Mayor’s Office, Managing Director’s Office,  The Police, Homeless Services, Health, Transportation & Infrastructure (OTIS), Commerce, Community Life Improvement (CLIP)  and the Center City District. The City representatives discussed ongoing initiatives. The CCC delegates reported concerns of CCC members as to a perceived  atmosphere of fear, lack of safety and worries as to about the City “coming back” post-pandemic. The CCC delegates acknowledged that the City has put in place long term programs that promise, over time, to produce improvements while requesting more attention devoted to  here and now concerns so as to foster a sense of positive movement. The CCC presentation focused  on three general categories of concerns(1) Violence and lack of safety on our streets;(2) panhandling, especially aggressive activity, and sidewalk obstruction by street populations; and (3) quality of life issues including cleanliness and trash. The meeting was collegial with the major takeaway a resolution to meet further in the hopes of formulating action plans. 

  • 11 Feb 2021 10:59 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

     Although it’s covered with snow right now, Philadelphia is preparing to debut a 2-mile stretch of American Street as the city’s first-ever elevated concrete bike lane.

    https://www.radio.com/kywnewsradio/news/local/first-ever-raised-concrete-bike-lane-to-debut-in-spring

  • 10 Feb 2021 5:52 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The city of Philadelphia will no longer observe Columbus Day — and that has organizers of the city’s annual celebration up in arms.

    https://whyy.org/articles/indigenous-peoples-day-to-replace-columbus-day-in-philly/

  • 10 Feb 2021 11:50 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Valentine’s Day weekend and Presidents Day weekend overlap to give major attractions and popular venues in Philadelphia a chance to host special events for couples, singles, friends and families — whether they’re getting out or staying in.

    https://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/top-things-to-do-for-valentines-day-in-philadelphia/?utm_source=VisitPhillyEmail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=VPE_VDay2021&utm_content=valentines-day

  • 10 Feb 2021 11:09 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    BillyPenn.com: Philadelphia will start releasing details about which organizations are getting the vaccine from the city, and how many doses go to each one, officials confirmed yesterday to Billy Penn. The move is a reversal from the early policy to withhold that info, and would match what happens at a state level. The Pa. Dept. of Health, meanwhile, launched an online pre-registry kind of like the city already has — but the "Your Turn" tool will only let you enter personal info if you're already eligible for vaccination. Can city folks sign up there? Providers have been told not to check residency, but you're supposed stay inside your jurisdiction, health officials say, because dose distribution is based on population counts.

  • 10 Feb 2021 11:03 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Currently indoor dining is restricted to 25% of restaurants’ capacity. The change comes amid falling case counts in Philadelphia and pleas from the restaurant industry.

    https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/covid-updates-vaccine-stimulus-philadelphia-pa-nj-20210209.html#card-1412801926

  • 09 Feb 2021 2:59 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Hi, Partners,

    On April 15, 2021, Mayor Kenney will propose a budget to City Council for the coming fiscal year which starts July 1, 2021. Due to COVID-19, the City is facing difficult budget choices this year. We have fewer resources than in the past but know that Philadelphians have more needs than ever before. Before the City finishes drafting the budget, we want to hear from Philadelphians like you on how the City should focus its spending.  

    Please share your thoughts with our 10-minute survey:

    • Philadelphia Budget – Priorities and Preferences

    • Presupuesto de Filadelfia - Prioridades y Preferencias

    • Ngân sách Philadelphia – Ưu tiên và Ưu đãi

    • 费城预算 - 优先事项和偏好

    The deadline for responses is Sunday, February 28.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas to help the City meet the needs of Philadelphians.

    PS: Want to learn more about the City Budget? Check out this year's Budget documents.


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