You are viewing 41 articles with the tag Jim Kenney by the author Jon Geeting

    • Girard Theater

July 22: No protest permits for Dilworth | Spring Arts District in Callowhill | Girard Avenue Theater

Jake Blumgart profiles Jim Kenney for The American Prospect, with observations on the tensions between some of the expectations Kenney set for modern governance during his campaign, and the reality of…

    • Jim Kenney

June 13: Kenney's nine friends | New digital billboard regs proposed | City Hall's newest statue

Labor powerhouse John Dougherty of IBEW Local 98 tells Ryan Briggs that Council President Darrell Clarke was lobbying against passing any type of soda tax until the very end, and Jim…

    • Community College of Philadelphia

June 8: Bass says Kenney has the soda votes | Community College housing development | Shaming the dumpers

Councilwoman Cindy Bass says Jim Kenney has the votes to pass a soda tax, likely at a rate of 1.5 cents per ounce, report Tricia Nadolny and Julia Terruso. Bass had…

    • Conceptual rendering of Drexel Square at JFK Boulevard

May 13: Wolf's city ideas | Retail "structure" for Broad and Spring Garden | Fairmount Park in Streetview

Governor Tom Wolf's remarks on Pennsylvania's hostile relationship with its cities from the Keystone Crossroads conference are making some ripples. In Reading, local experts reinforce the Governor's point with specific examples…

    • journey2home storefront at 4119 Lancaster Avenue

Checking in on the Kenney administration's commercial corridor plans

Philadelphia has around 265 commercial corridors, according to Commerce Department Director Harold Epps, but the Department’s programs are only reaching about a quarter of them. Speaking at a Greater Philadelphia Chamber…

    • Sim City

February 26: Kenney and Clarke split on tax reform | PennDesign's new dean | The ideology of city-building games

Is the beautiful relationship between Jim Kenney and Darrell Clarke already showing signs of fraying? Holly Otterbein says the Mayor and the Council President are already staking out opposing positions on…

    • Mt. Sinai Hospital was demolished in 2016 (PhillyTrax/Flickr)

February 18: Kenney wants more corridor managers | 2400 Market update | Mid-block crosswalk to Wawa

Holly Otterbein says Jim Kenney told the Chamber of Commerce he wants to increase funding for more corridor managers, start a campaign to persuade suburban firms to open offices in…

    • Lillian Marrero branch library

February 17: Kenney transition report | PUC and the utility death spiral | 21st Century Library

Ryan Briggs has a new long-form piece at Next City kicking around the question of whether Jim Kenney can carry urbanism's appeal beyond Millennial transplants. Briggs points out that while Kenney's…

    • Bowie Forever

January 12: Lenfest donates Inquirer, Daily News to new non-profit | Kenney lauds open data | Plastic soul

Some major media news this morning as Jeff Gammage reports H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, sole owner of Philadelphia Media Network, which includes the Inquirer, Daily News, and, has donated those news organizations…

    • City Hall Parking Lot

January 5: RIP City Hall Parking Lot | Sanctuary City, again | Squilla wants a street-sweeping program

As he promised on the campaign trail, Jim Kenney officially ended the City Hall Parking Lot as one of his first acts as Mayor, Holly Otterbein reports. Mayors Ed Rendell…

    • Hyde Hotel rendering

January 4: The 99th Mayor | Leadership change at the Water Department | Tree house ruled accessory dwelling

Jim Kenney will be sworn in as Philadelphia's 99th Mayor this morning. Mark Fazlollah has the run-down of Kenney's schedule on his first day as Mayor. Over the holiday week, Kenney…

    • Broad and Callowhill rendering

December 21: North Broad gateway | Kenney as anti-Nutter | Fewer NoLibs zoning variances

Patrick Kerkstra thinks Jim Kenney is emerging as the anti-Nutter in many respects, and it's not just that he's to Nutter's left on policy. "More than policy or focus, though, what…

    • Pine Street bike lane

Kenney pledges traffic enforcement, more balanced streets at Vision Zero conference

Kenney watchers are by now familiar with one of the Mayor-elect’s favorite ranting subjects: his disgust with construction sites hogging city sidewalks. From the way he talks about this common construction…

    • VDOT Zig Zags

November 23: Kenney picks a Commerce Director | State troopers oppose speed cameras | Zig-zags and traffic calming

Harold T. Epps, President and CEO of the regional company PRWT Service, will be Jim Kenney's Commerce Director, reports Claudia Vargas. The latest round of top appointments will be announced at…

    • Hoover Mason Trestle Park

November 13: Kenney picks Mike D for Managing Director | $17M for the Papal visit | Cartoon Donald Shoup

Jim Kenney announced a few key hires in an email this morning. As rumored, Mike DiBerardinis,  currently Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources and Commissioner of Parks and Recreation will be appointed…

    • Piazza Parking

November 5: Kenney on SEPTA | Latham hotel conversion | Rendell, cheerleader | Tow-Libs

Jim Kenney says he'll keep riding public transit as Mayor to keep his finger on the pulse of the city, says Katie Colaneri. I guess that means we won't catch Kenney…

    • Liacouras Walk

November 4: Election night round-up | Verdant Temple | Bainbridge Green parklet | Amazon store

As expected, Jim Kenney won the Philadelphia Mayoral race handily, and Democrats took the five At-Large City Council seats. The race for the two minority-party Council seats is still too close…

    • Historic Places

September 14: Jim Kenney's tour lessons | Historic Places map | Urban river islands

What Jim Kenney learned on his learning tour to Pittsburgh and Boston. The Historical Commission released a new interactive map of the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places on Friday. It's still…

    • Lightning striking the skyline

July 10: Jim Kenney: Streets blogger | Pope fence happening | Super TIF bill

The Pope fence around Center City is real. The only question is how big. Jim Kenney is envisioning an administration with weaker deputy Mayors and stronger commissioners. Kenney has also…

    • A car parked in a crosswalk. (Jon Geeting/PlanPhilly)

Councilmanic Prerogative, Broad Street median parking, and planning politics in the Kenney era

Dylan Purcell and Michelle Tranquilli have an excellent data visualization of the newly-released city parking ticket data at, looking at which blocks get the most tickets.  Ticketing was flat citywide…

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