August 23, 2016 |
IN APRIL 2015, the board of directors of the Mayor's Fund for Philadelphia turned down a $25,000 grant request to market the city to the World Heritage City selection committee. "The designation of Philadelphia as a World Heritage City is not a high priority from the board's perspective," the minutes of the meeting stated. Two months later, without board approval or apparent knowledge, the Mayor's Fund came up with $10,000 for the effort, a pet project of Michael Nutter's when Nutter was mayor.
January 1, 2012
A year into Michael Nutter's first term, I interviewed several dozen civic leaders as part of a project I was working on. These were people with serious bona fides in government, politics, and public policy in Philadelphia. Nutter wasn't the subject of the project, but at the end of each interview, I would turn off my recorder and ask this additional question: What do you think of the job Nutter has done so far? Some sighed. Others rolled their eyes. Some sadly shook their heads.
October 15, 2007
REPUBLICAN mayoral candidate Al Taubenberger recently said that it was his mission to make Michael Nutter a better mayor. That may be an appropriate role for the underdog candidate, but it should also be the role of every resident of Philadelphia. With the excitement of the primary season gone and Michael Nutter virtually a lock-in to become our next mayor, it would be easy to assume that our job as voters is done. Yet, as with most things in life, you get only what you ask for. Now is the time to lay out our vision for the future of Philadelphia and to share that vision with the candidates.
October 31, 2007
I'D LIKE to congratulate Al Taubenberger and Michael Nutter for their clean campaign. I've voted in every election since I became eligible (way back when), and have never seen anything like it. There should be a national law prohibiting cutting up opponents instead of saying what they intend to do. The airwaves are full of that garbage from everywhere else, but, thanks to Al and Michael, not Philadelphia. William Palmer, Philadelphia You can tell there is a mayoral election near as there was a street sweeper in Southwest Philly for the first time since the last mayoral contest.
June 19, 2007
ON JUNE 14, you published a column by Jill Porter and an op-ed by Christine Flowers. A day earlier, Jill Porter bravely related a personal incident involving a near-sexual assault by an acquaintance. The day after the Marsalis jury returned its pitiful verdict, Jill Porter wrote another piece about the shameful practice in the Pennsylvania court system that does not allow expert testimony in rape trials, which results in allowing men like Marsalis to pay little or no penalty for their heinous crimes against women.
July 25, 2014 |
BON VOYAGE, Monsieur Nutter! The mayor and his wife, Lisa Nutter, yesterday arrived in France for an official six-day trip to promote international business interests in Philadelphia. In his second term, Nutter has traveled extensively in his official capacity, making previous trips to Beijing and Tianjin, China; Florence, Italy; the United Kingdom and Israel; Panama and Rome. Nutter's travel expenses will be paid for by the city, while his wife's, including their hotel room, will be covered by Advanced Sports International.
December 8, 2008
NO ONE WANTS to be Mayor Nutter right now. Who would want to be faced - day in and day out - with the mounting pressures of a nation-wide recession? Who would want to run a city where tax revenues are plummeting and requests for aid are soaring? No one. That's why I'm thankful that Michael Nutter is leading Philadelphia. His integrity and consistency in maintaining this city in a time of need is critical. With Philadelphia in such a precarious financial state, he is our best hope for resurrection because he has the courage to make difficult - and sometimes unpopular - decisions.
November 6, 1999 |
While Mayor-elect John Street and his family take a well-deserved rest in Miami, Philadelphia's radio audience can listen to a heartfelt thank-you from Tuesday's victor. "Over the next few weeks, I intend to visit neighborhoods across the city, gathering your input on issues important to Philadelphia's future," Street says in a a 60-second spot that began running on 11 radio stations yesterday. Street says his administration will improve schools and neigborhoods, as well as expand the city's economy.
November 5, 2012 |
With the New York City Marathon canceled less than 24 hours before its scheduled start Sunday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter reportedly had stepped in with an offer: all 40,000-plus runners could come to Philadelphia instead. George Hirsch, head of the New York Road Runners, which sponsors the run, said Nutter told him Philadelphia was ready to host the marathon Sunday if race participants could make it to the city, Runner's World reported Saturday. Hirsch replied that there wasn't enough time to do that.
October 17, 2003
Not too many of Philadephia City Council's 17 members regularly rise above its parochial bedlam and mediocrity. One who does is Michael Nutter, a Democrat from the Fourth District. He's a district councilman who ably handles the nuts and bolts of constituent services and neighborhood needs, but goes well beyond that to provide solid ideas and timely leadership on the city's most vital issues. He easily earns The Inquirer's endorsement over his Republican opponent, Jay Feinschil of Roxborough.