philadelphia city council: Philadelphia Metropolis
By Ryan Briggs»
Few taxpayers know about it, but each year their district Council members divvy up a $1.98 million slush fund buried deep within the Department of Parks and Recreation's $47.8 million budget.
Referred to by one political aide as "Council's Walking Around Money," the Philadelphia Activities Fund, Inc. (or simply, "the Fund") is a grants program that essentially operates like a piggy bank for the city's political class, an easy pot of money for Council members to hand out cash to favored groups in their districts.
Reporter Ryan Briggs reveals the details...
Myron Berman may be about to realize a decades-long dream of putting a giant wall wrap on the office building he owns on North 7th Street, just north of Callowhill Street. Council has passed a bill letting Berman erect a...
In the unfolding drama called "The Fate of Philadelphia Public Schools," one group has decided to play the role of King Canute. For those whose English history is a bit dusty, Canute was the 11th century Danish-born king of England...
By Christopher Malo»
How many people give a second thought after they drop off a bag of old clothes to those sturdy metal clothing bins that dot the American landscape today. What happens to that donated clothing? Where does it end up? Reporter Christopher Malo went looking for an answers to those y simple questions and returned with a surprising, even bizarre, story. He tells it in The Secret Life of Clothing Bins...
As Ryan Briggs' piece on City Council makes clear, that body tends to think small. It is also better at reacting than acting. That's about par for the course when it comes to the legislative branch. In America, big and bold...