Friday, November 30, 2007

Masterman: One of the Top 100 High Schools in the Nation

US News and World Report has listed - for the first time - the nation's best high schools. Masterman at 17th and Spring Garden Streets is at #53.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

RecycleBank in Cherry Hill

According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, Philadelphia's RecycleBank has signed Cherry Hill, N.J. as a client. Cherry Hill is the 27th municipality to sign on.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Michael Nutter in the New York Times

There's an article about our next Mayor in the New York Times; you can find it here. The article says that "he has been called the Seabiscuit of this year’s urban politics, having beaten two congressmen, a veteran state legislator and a billionaire businessman in the Democratic primary in May before taking the general election on Nov. 6 by a four-to-one ratio, the largest the city has seen since 1931."

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

New Philadelphia Construction: Cira Centre South

According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, Brandywine Realty Trust broke ground yesterday on its $800 million "Cira Centre South" project in University City. Brandywine built the original Cira Centre, a 28-story, 728,000-square-foot office building next to 30th Street Station. The new building will be a 2.8 million square foot mixed-use development with offices, a hotel, residential, parking and retail. Cira Centre South is scheduled for completion by the end of 2010.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Cash Bonuses for Teachers?

From Harvard's Kennedy School of Government: "New York City has moved forward with a controversial plan to give cash bonuses to underperforming schools where student test scores are rising. Similar plans have alredy been deployed in Denver, Minneapolis, and other cities. With the blessing of New York's local teachers' union, the plan provides awards to entire schools, not just individual teachers, who raise test scores. A school committee then determines how the award will be distributed to the teachers. The plan is voluntary and would require that at least 55 percent of the teachers at a participating school vote to opt in."

Friday, November 16, 2007

"Reading Terminal Market West"

On Monday the 19th of November, the Marketplace at East Falls will open at 8:00 am. It's basically going to be Northwest Philadelphia's version of the Reading Terminal Market, with produce, prepared foods, wines sales, etc.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Mayor-Elect Nutter Selects Charles Ramsey as Police Commissioner

Here's an excerpt from his online bio:

Charles H. Ramsey was appointed chief of the Metropolitan Police Department on April 21, 1998. He retired on December 28, 2006, having been the longest-serving chief of the MPDC since DC Home Rule and the second longest-serving in Department history. Under Chief Ramsey's leadership, the Department regained its reputation as a national leader in urban policing. Crime rates declined by approximately 40 percent during Ramsey's tenure, community policing and traffic safety programs were expanded, and MPDC recruiting and hiring standards, training, equipment, facilities and fleet were all dramatic upgraded.

A nationally recognized innovator, educator and practitioner of community policing, Chief Ramsey refocused the MPDC on crime fighting and crime prevention through a more accountable organizational structure, new equipment and technology, an enhanced strategy of community policing and, since September 11, 2001, new approaches to homeland security and counter-terrorism in the Nation's Capital. Chief Ramsey was instrumental in designing and implementing the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, the city's nationally acclaimed model of community policing. As co-manager of the CAPS project in Chicago, Chief Ramsey was one of the principal authors of the police department's strategic vision. He also designed and implemented the CAPS operational model and helped to develop new training curricula and communications efforts to support implementation.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a multi-stage, multi-day music festival has been proposed for next summer in Fairmount Park. C3 Presents - based in Austin (TX) - and producers of Austin City Limits and the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, has been recommended by the Fairmount Park Conservancy to produce the festival, which would take place over three days on Belmont Plateau.

Video of Michael Nutter's Acceptance Speech

Check out Mayor-elect Michael Nutter's acceptance speech here.

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