Call for Testimony: Industrial Land Preservation Hearings

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In October, Councilman Henon called for hearings to investigate the need to preserve industrial land in the City of Philadelphia as a tool to stimulate job growth in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. This follows his work on the Manufacturing Task Force and a report from PIDC (Industrial Land and Market Strategy, 2010) that both called for preserving industrial land.

This hearing will cover how industrial land can be used to continue the expansion of the manufacturing and industrial sector in the City of Philadelphia. It will give residents, local business owners, planners and policy makers a chance to have an open, public dialogue about how to best move forward. At one time, manufacturing and industry supported hundreds of thousands of family-sustaining jobs.

While that number has dropped significantly, industrial jobs still support 20% of the City's economy and account for 15% of Philadelphia's annual tax revenue.

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Streets Department Leaf Collection Schedule Announced

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November 3, 2014 (Philadelphia) - The Streets Department’s 2014 Philly Leaf Collection and Recycling Program will begin on Monday, November 10 and will run through Friday, December 19. The program is one of several services provided by the Streets Department to honor the City's on-going commitment to recycling by helping to reduce the amount of materials that reach the waste stream and saving landfill space.

New changes have been implemented in this year’s program. Bagged leaves will not be collected curbside. Bagged leaf drop-off will be offered city-wide on Saturdays (with the exception of the Saturdays following Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Holidays) at 22 designated locations from 9 AM to 3 PM for the duration of the program.

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Security to Patrol Vacant Coke Site Over Halloween Weekend

October 31, 2014 (Philadelphia) - Councilman Bobby Henon has worked with National Grid, owner of a vacant 67-acre parcel in Bridesburg known as the 'Coke site,' to implement security patrols of the site over Halloween weekend. The measure is meant to both monitor and prevent illegal activity. It follows recent allegations of drinking, drug and gun use on the site after a video showing such activity recently surfaced. 

"The latest news is a stark reminder that this property, and the surrounding community, have dealt with these issues for far too long,” Councilman Henon said.

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