Bobby believes that every Philadelphian deserves a high quality of life. For most residents, that means addressing persistent issues like public safety, public health, education and employment. From increasing education funding to securing additional police officers for the 15th Police District, Bobby has helped move the needle in these areas.
But, a high quality of life also means ensuring our neighborhoods are clean, blight-free and well-maintained. While we need our communities to come together and support quality of life efforts, Bobby knows that government can and should provide services to residents that improve the livability of our communities.
Bad Neighbor Initiative
Shortly after taking office in 2012, Bobby launched the Bad Neighbor Initiative. Part education campaign, part mission to hold the worst-of-the-worst property maintenance code violaters accountable, the Bad Neighbor Initiative identifies property owners with multiple code violations over the last three years and reminds them that their actions affect the entire community. Property maintenance issues, like trash, overgrown weeds, high grass and broken windows, cause property values to drop, neighborhoods to decline and community morale to fade.
Working with community members, city departments and agencies and other elected officials, the Bad Neighbor In
itiative has helped bring many habitual offenders into compliance.
Problem Properties Advisory Council
As a result of the Bad Neighbor Initiative, Bobby also formed the Problem Properties Advisory Council in early 2013. Made up of neighborhood leaders and activists from Bridesburg, Upper Holmesburg, Holmesburg, Tacony, Port Richmond and Mayfair, the Problem Properties Advisory Council (PPAC) identifies problem properties and, in collaboration with city departments, like CLIP, the Streets Department, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and the Department of Licenses and Inspections, it addresses the underlying nuisance issues and works to improve the overall quality of life.
PPAC meets quarterly. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved with PPAC, contact Bobby's office.