March 3, 2011 |
City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell has become the first Philadelphia Housing Authority board member to quit in response to demands from federal housing administrators intent on overhauling an agency that has gained national attention for out-of-control spending. Blackwell, a mayoral appointee who resigned after nine years on the board, told reporters Wednesday that she was stepping aside because she wanted "to be part of the solution, not part of the problem or perceived to be part of the problem.
October 25, 2014 |
Four decades after settling in West Philadelphia, John Lindsay still speaks bluntly in the Yankee rhythms of his native Boston. After he got wind that a developer was eyeing his community garden at Powelton Avenue and Wiota Street, Lindsay responded by erecting a small billboard under one of his ornamental pear trees. "Jannie Blackwell wants 12 houses built here," it declares. For good measure, he includes a link to his "Save the Wiota St. Garden" Facebook page. The story is a bit more complex than his message suggests, but there is no doubt Lindsay's sign calling out Blackwell, West Philadelphia's powerful Council rep, distills the painful choice being confronted by comeback neighborhoods around the city: gardens or housing?
April 10, 2015 |
MAYORAL HOPEFUL Anthony Hardy Williams paraded a band of his buddies outside on a chilly afternoon yesterday to endorse his candidacy. His allies hailed from City Hall and Harrisburg. City Councilman Curtis Jones emceed the event on 6th Street across from the National Constitution Center. The impromptu podium setup had no power for a microphone, but Jones felt confident in his ability to shout over the road noise. Jones made it clear in the intros that he wanted people to know "where they're from.
January 29, 2003
IAM A member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard deployed to Germany in support of Task Force Keystone in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The honorable Lucien Blackwell was a mentor to me, helped guide me and mold me into a communtiy activist for the people of our great city of Philadelphia. My memories of Lucien Blackwell started when I was 15 and on the street, with nothing to do in West Philly. At the time, gangs were rampant, and drugs were abundant on our city streets.
April 21, 1995 |
As local political leaders applauded its commitment to the surrounding neighborhood, the University of Pennsylvania yesterday announced new contracts worth $2.8 million annually for West Philadelphia businesses. "This is a new era in university-government relations," City Council member Jannie Blackwell said at a news conference on the Penn campus, "and a new era in university-community relations. " Penn said it would use its purchasing power to aid three firms: Telrose Corp.
October 9, 2007
ITOTALLY disagree with your editorial "100 kids being held hostage on the parkway" (Oct. 2). As I look at the names of the editorial board, I bet not one of you live in Jannie Blackwell's district or near where they proposed the "jail," and I'm not a betting woman. I totally agree with the councilwoman's demands, and I'm proud she's standing up for her community. That area needs a community center, and the city needs more affordable housing. Why just accept a "jail" in your community that will interrupt traffic and parking and God only knows what else, and not negotiate for some amenities for the community?
September 27, 1990 |
Here are people Eric Ward selected as members of the board of directors of Parkside Human Services. They had the responsibility to oversee his activities as executive director. State Sen. Hardy Williams. Vice chairman of Parkside's board and Ward's longtime mentor. Ward, as a teenager, volunteered in Williams' campaign for mayor in 1971. Williams' state car chauffeured Ward to federal court when he pleaded guilty to the Parkside embezzlement. Carol Ann Weisenfeld. Board chairman.
June 4, 2014
Practically everyone knew how to get a ticket fixed in Philadelphia Traffic Court, even a minister's wife, according to testimony in the ongoing federal criminal trial of six former judges and a businessman. The minister, who said no money changed hands for the favor, is among dozens testifying under a grant of immunity. Many sought the "special consideration" that traffic judges allegedly granted in exchange for items ranging from crab cakes to porn videos, not to mention political support.
March 25, 2011 |
Besides being used to obliterate the Norris Apartments high-rise in North Philadelphia this afternoon, a wrecking ball painted with the purple and yellow Philadelphia Housing Authority logo also symbolized destroying the organization's tarnished image and starting fresh. The demolition is paving the way for PHA to build 51 high-efficiency green units that feature solar panels on the roof to heat water, Energy Star windows, low flow plumbing fixtures, compact fluorescent light fixtures and native landscaping.
August 2, 2012 |
SO HOW DOES a preteen boy, like the one who tried to rob an aspiring neurologist and a Daily News reporter in West Philly this week, get a gun? (See story, Page 5.) "There are guys who pass around guns sometimes through neighborhood association and there are bar owners who have rent-a-gun programs going on," said City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. who hosted a multimedia briefing Tuesday by journalists from GunCrisis.org at City Hall as Council seeks new ways to address gun violence.