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January 29, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
It might sound like a cushy gig: former Mayor Michael Nutter, out of office just three weeks, signed on Wednesday as a professor at Columbia University. But David Thornburgh, the leader of the good-government group Committee of 70 and former head of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, invoked the famous words of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger when offering Nutter advice about his new job: "University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
NEWS
January 28, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
When former Mayor Michael Nutter ordered an about-face on Philadelphia's immigration enforcement policy days before he left office, immigrant-rights groups cried foul, suspecting a quid pro quo. Surely, they said, though offering no evidence, Nutter would be rewarded for his pivot in adopting the 14-month-old Priority Enforcement Program, a pet project of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, with whom he spent much time in preparation for...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Now that the "Nutter Era" is officially past tense, and Jim Kenney is managing this obstreperous city, we'll be seeing a lot less of Michael Nutter, the person. Yet the architectural additions and deletions that occurred during his tenure will stay with us for a long time. What were its hallmarks? Sadly, this period yielded very little of the kind of architecture that ends up in the history books. That's partly because Nutter took office as the United States was slipping into the Great Recession and developers' best-laid plans were going awry.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
In the weeks before Mayor Michael Nutter left office, he asked his successor, Jim Kenney, for a favor: Keep Nutter's director of communications on the payroll so she could collect her pension. It was a conversation between two men who have not gotten along in recent years, and a relatively big ask, since the person in question - Desiree Peterkin-Bell - had publicly feuded with Kenney on Twitter. "We talked in my office after the general election," Nutter said Thursday. "We came to an agreement.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | BY JULIA TERRUSO, Staff Writer
IN THE WEEKS before Mayor Michael Nutter left office, he asked his successor, Jim Kenney, for a favor: Keep Nutter's director of communications on the payroll so she could collect her pension. It was a conversation between two men who have not gotten along in recent years, and a relatively big ask, since the person in question - Desiree Peterkin-Bell - had publicly feuded with Kenney on Twitter. "We talked in my office after the general election," Nutter said Thursday. "We came to an agreement.
NEWS
January 6, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
The man who ran the City of Philadelphia for the last eight years delivered his final speech as mayor on Monday morning to a roomful of boys. Schoolboys, that is. With barely two hours remaining before his term in office ended, Mayor Nutter addressed nearly 900 students in the chapel of his alma mater, St. Joseph's Preparatory School. Nutter encouraged the young men at the Jesuit-run school on Girard Avenue to live a life of service. "I wanted my last public speech as mayor of this great city to be with this Prep community," said Nutter, a 1975 graduate.
NEWS
January 6, 2016 | By Chris Hepp, Claudia Vargas, and Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITERS
With a minimum of tears, a pledge of effective government for all, and a brisk walk up Broad Street, Jim Kenney took charge of Philadelphia on Monday as its 99th mayor. In his inaugural address, the former city councilman promised a government that was "accessible and accountable to the people it serves. " "The vision that will guide my administration," Kenney said, "is that city government should first and foremost deliver efficient, effective services to every single Philadelphian.
NEWS
January 4, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
AFTER 24 YEARS in office - 16 as a city councilman, eight as mayor - Michael Nutter will leave City Hall on Monday when Jim Kenney is sworn in as Philadelphia's 99th mayor. In this candid interview with Ronnie Polaneczky , Nutter talks about what it was like to raise his daughter, Olivia, while in office; how his wife, Lisa, made Pope Francis laugh; why he curses so much; and why he has no opinion about Chip Kelly. Here is the edited transcript: Q: You're from 55th and Larchwood.
NEWS
January 1, 2016 | By Julia Terruso and Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writers
Mayor Nutter took the lectern for a final news conference Thursday, and in a tone that was kind of sad, kind of tired, got the business out of the way first. Dressed down a little bit, without a tie, he encouraged people - for the eighth year in a row - to come out for the Mummers Parade and reminded them to stay safe. Then, in the ornate Mayor's Reception Room, where portraits of the city's former leaders hang, questions shifted to his legacy and how the job changed him. "I've become just much more personally emotional during the course of the last eight years," he said at the end of the news conference.
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
On his first full day as mayor, Michael Nutter flung open City Hall's doors to thousands of Philadelphians who waited hours to shake the hand of someone they believed could become one of the city's finest mayors. By many measures, Nutter did not disappoint. After eight years of his leadership, the city has its lowest homicide rate since 1967, its highest credit rating ever from Standard & Poor's, and the rewards of a well-run government. It was frustrating to see Nutter too often choose taxation to stave off the impact of the 2008 recession, but his strategy kept the city on its feet and allowed it to hit its stride, as Center City's energy and prosperity began spilling into nearby neighborhoods.
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