In 2015, a series of audits and investigative reports have highlighted ongoing challenges and flaws in Philadelphia's Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I). These efforts largely followed up on previous expert reviews by Mayor Nutter's Special Independent Advisory Commission and City Council.
Outside of the spotlight's glare, the city has been actively working to rebuild and reform its building safety programs:
These and other initial steps provide an important foundation for full reform, and have begun to make Philadelphia communities safer. At the same time, the work required is far from done. As members of the Building Safety Oversight Board charged by the mayor with reviewing implementation of reform, we see the following as key priorities for 2016:
It is critical to continue the substantial progress already made — Philadelphia should never have to experience another 22d and Market Street tragedy.