Caryn Hunt

Riverkeeper: Stop VX Dumping!

VX nerve gas is one ot the most lethal chemicals ever devised by man. A drop on human skin will kill a person within minutes. As a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Treaty in 1997, the U.S. agreed to dispose of the deadly substance. The U.S. Army has plans to dump large quantities of VX nerve gas…

Slow Cities

Across the world, cities are joining the “Slow City Movement“. The idea is to counter the ever-quickening pace of life in the wake of globalization with a conscious effort to build community, foster sustainable goals for businesses and within cities, and preserve the uniqueness of smaller cities. The main idea is to slow down and…

Operation Transparency

On Monday, October 30th, members of the coalition organization Casino Free Philadelphia launched Operation Transparency at City Hall. The campaign spotlights the secrecy surrounding the casino licensing procedure from the time of its creation, without a public debate, by an act of legislation in 2004, and that continues today, with only a fraction of the…

Pushing Philadelphia Forward

The proper function of government has to start with respect for citizens, but what else should we demand? Philadelphia Forward has authored a comprehensive Citizen/City Hall Compact which lists guidelines for creating a city government with greater transparency, efficiency, accountability and responsiveness. It states that citizens should always be engaged in policy processes, so we are developing…

MCA: Challenging Casinos

  In 2004, Pennsylvania legislated the expansion of gambling to slots parlors, without the benefit of a public debate, mandating two 3000 slots-sized casinos for Philadelphia, and appointing the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to issue licenses. That casinos are devastating to the communities in which they locate is pretty well known. They have brought nothing but…

A ‘GreenPlan’ for Philly

GreenPlan Philadelphia’s Open Spaces Plan How do you grow the city in a responsible way? How do you ensure that what you plan for is sustainable? How do you integrate existing community plans into a comprehensive plan for the city’s future? These are some of the questions the City of Philadelphia seeks to answer through…

‘City Harvest’ Grows Community

On October 12th, in the improbable surroundings of a Philadelphia prison, members of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Prision System, and representatives of regional food cupboard distribution agency Self-Help and Resource Exchange (SHARE), met to celebrate a successful first year of their innovative pilot project, City Harvest. The City Harvest Project connects an extensive…

NABR Covers the Waterfront

Perhaps you are familiar with Neighbors Allied for the Best Riverfront (NABR) from their citywide “CasiNO” campaign, whose signs are in the windows of many homes, especially those closest to the proposed casino sites. Perhaps you’ve gotten literature about the state stripping Philadelphia of zoning authority over casinos from a NABR member running a table…

Philly Ward Politics 101

If trying to wrap your head around Philadelphia ward politics sounds too painful, listen to Marty Moss-Coane’s Radio Times’ thorough and demystifying report on the subject. In “Ward leaders to the rescue”, Tom Ferrick goes over the issue with his usual pithy twist. Check it out. And ask yourself, how can Philadelphia look to the…