Overnight, the South Philadelphia building set to become the location of the nation's first supervised drug injection site has become ground zero in a fight between angry neighbors, optimistic public health advocates, city officials and the federal government.
Mayor Jim Kenney promised $500 million to fix up Philadelphia parks, recreation centers, and libraries. But the project’s budget and scope have shrunk, and City Councilmembers are frustrated by its slow pace.
The new Office of Children and Families, run by Cynthia Figueroa, will oversee existing city departments that serve kids, including the mayor’s signature pre-K and community schools programs, and will work closely with other city departments to find ways to improve those services.
Mayor Jim Kenney began his second term in office, touting progress made over the last four years and promising to confront gun violence and other stubborn challenges that he blamed on decades of "economic and racial inequality.”