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The Five Best Websites of Philly City Council At-Large Democratic Candidates

You’re not alone if you don’t know who to vote for in the upcoming primary election for Philadelphia’s City Council At-Large race on May 21. There are 34 Democratic At-Large candidates competing for five of the seven seats (two seats are guaranteed to non-majority party candidates). As communications professionals, we realized that with such a… Continue reading

Before Krasner There Was Dilworth: A Brief History of Reform in Philly’s District Attorney’s Office

After a hard fought election the outsider with radical ideas won easily. He was a trial lawyer with a reputation for fighting for justice in and out of the courtroom, winning cases, and sticking to his principles even when it made him unpopular. For years he was a thorn in the side of corrupt politicians…. Continue reading

Philadelphia’s First Public Housing Project: The Carl Mackley Houses

In 1934, with Philadelphia amidst the Great Depression, a survey of the city’s households found an astonishing number of homes lacked electricity, water, and heat. An estimated 152,022 Philadelphians had no bathing facility, 39,239 people were living without a bathroom, and 28,000 families were sharing single-family dwellings with another family. Two thirds of the city’s… Continue reading

Third Party and Independent Candidates Should Target Philadelphia City Council Seats

Philadelphia’s City Council is one of the best opportunities for independent political candidates to win a seat in an important office. The 1951 City Charter established a 17-member Council consisting of 10 District and seven At-Large Council Members. Democrats could easily win all seven At-Large seats, but parties are only allowed to nominate five candidates…. Continue reading