The ‘THANK YOU GOD’ Speech

Nothing is better than watching Concerned Citizens of Point Breeze turn up for zoning and land use bills.  Needless to say, CCPB quickly turned up after Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s office circulated this letter hoping to tip the scales and torpedo Councilman Henon‘s RCO bill which sets aside many of the edits to Registered Community Organizations Blackwell had previously amended into the zoning code.

The bill passed 14-3, with Blackwell, Councilman Goode and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown voting no.

Without further delay, I’ll leave you to the YouTube council testomonies and your thoughts on how this factors into zoning, planning and the universe.

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This morning in Things That Makes You Go Hmm, City Council passed this resolution appointing PHA tenant representative Asia Coney, who was involved in a welfare benefits fraud case.

Asia Coney [Credit: Philly.com]
Asia Coney [Credit: Philly.com]
Ms. Coney came to light when the Inquirer revealed she was collecting a healthy 6-figure salary while director of TSSI, a tenant representative organization for PHA housing residents.

This morning the Committee of the Whole of City Council passed out a resolution pushing her name forward as the tenant representative on the PHA board.   Curiously enough, another Asia Cooney (possibly a spelling error), was put forward as a board member of the Malt and Brewed Beverage Board, which used to decide malt take out liquor permits before the permit type was erased in the new zoning code.

Resolution No. 13095800

Resolution No. 07058600 (1)

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Council session starts at 10A this morning.  Up for final reading and passage is the RCO bill Jannie Blackwell has been rallying the troops for in hopes to get a cacophany of people screaming against it.  The bill to be passed today overrides most of her previous edits to the Zoning Code, including the 9-blockface notification requirement by zoning applicants.

From the office of Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who really doesn’t like Bobby Henon’s RCO bill

From: Christopher Riddick <Christopher.Riddick@phila.gov>

Subject: Final Passage Vote on RCO Bill (130657)- January 23, 2014

Date: January 22, 2014 at 12:08:04 PM EST

Good Afternoon:

I hope this email finds you well. Attached please find a notice reminding you of the January 23, 2014 Council session. During this hearing Bill 130657 (Re: RCO’s) will be up for a final vote. Please join us in Council Chambers, Room 400 City Hall at 10:00 AM to testify on the legislation.

I hope to see you there.

Best,

Chris

Christopher A. Riddick, Esq.

Legislative Counsel for the 3rd District

Office of Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell

RCO Final Passage Notice

Bill No. 13065701, As Amended

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This morning NPR features a story covering what’s happened in D.C. since gentrification swept through 3/4ths of the city’s surface area.  The obvious thing it did is change DC’s status as homicide capital of America in the 1980s to the short list of being among the safer American cities of today.  That happened in a relatively short time period.   The only explanation for the huge violent crime drop in DC is:  gentrification.

For those longtime residents who have stayed in DC neighborhoods since gentrification took hold, financial stability has actually increased among those particular residents.  Further, there are more local jobs available within the same neighborhoods compared to the time period prior to gentrification happening.

In other words:  it’s the same shit everyone knows but is too afraid to admit;  gentrification is the redevelopment elixir that has eluded the inner city for so long, and now has transformed neighborhoods into thriving communities far quicker than any massive public spending project has ever done.