City Council gets bill to spruce up some business districts

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia’s neighborhood businesses would get a $10 million boost from a bill introduced in City Council Thursday. The money would be used to spruce up commercial corridors citywide.

The bill’s sponsor, Cherelle Parker, says the city’s storefront strips are divided into haves and have-nots — some with lots of curb appeal, some struggling with litter and blight. 

She says her bill would give every council district 30 part-time workers to keep all their business districts looking good. 

“We are hoping if we are able to launch this program citywide, that we can counteract the awful narrative that characterizes our beloved city as Filthadelphia,” Parker said. 

She also touted the creation of 300 jobs through the program, paying $1,500 a month.

“It will help buy groceries, it will help pay rent, it will help pay utilities, it will put gas in cars, it will help buy TransPasses,” she added. 

Parker piloted the concept in her district over the summer. She says crews were able to clean many neglected corridors along Ogontz Avenue, York and Broad streets among others.

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