Share Your Ideas
We’ve been working hard to create plans that will help people succeed in every neighborhood of Philadelphia. As we begin the Kenney Transition, we want to hear directly from you about the issues that matter the most to you and your family.
Jim’s number one priority is to improve our city’s schools. As mayor, he will find new revenue sources, ensure all Philadelphia children have access to pre-K, establish ‘community schools’ that provide wrap-around services for their neighborhoods and invest in our community colleges and job training programs so Philadelphians can succeed in a 21st-century economy.
Commerce and Economic Development
Jim believes that every neighborhood should have access to jobs that pay a real, family sustaining wage. That means investing in the Philadelphia Port Terminal, ensuring that returning citizens are provided real educational and employment opportunities, and supporting our neighborhood commercial corridors.
As Mayor, Jim will work to build a relationship based on trust between our community and the Philadelphia Police Department. By instituting reforms in police recruitment and trainings, ending stop-and-frisk, instituting a full body-camera program, and prioritizing community policing, Jim will ensure that the city becomes a place where citizens and police work together to improve the safety of every neighborhood.
City Administrative Services
The first job of any mayor is running an effective and efficient city government. Jim will ensure city government safeguards taxpayer dollars. He will increase online government services so they’re more user-friendly, improve street services like sweeping, paving and plowing, eliminate waste, crackdown on corruption and make city government more open and transparent so taxpayers can see how their tax dollars are being used.
Infrastructure and Transportation
Jim knows that the cleanliness of our streets and an efficient public transportation system are vital to expanding economic development across our city. To protect pedestrians and bikers, and to reduce vehicular crashes, Jim will institute a Vision Zero Policy designed to ensure everyone can feel safe walking or riding on our streets.
Housing, Planning and Development
As mayor, Jim will balance exciting new development with the need to protect the rights of long-time residents and neighborhood culture. He will also support commercial corridors by working with local businesses, community development corporations, and neighbors to strengthen job growth and communities. Additionally Jim will work to improve and expand the City’s affordable housing stock, and implement a strategic affordable housing plan.
Community, Culture and Recreation
Jim believes that art, culture and recreation play a crucial role in strengthening our neighborhoods and our schools. Jim will direct the Department of Parks and Recreation, Office of Arts and Culture, and the Mural Arts program to partner with neighborhood schools so that more children are given the opportunity to participate in a positive after-school program. Jim will also work to support arts and cultural institutions by supporting the Cultural Fund and completing a full Cultural Plan for Philadelphia.
The Human Services departments play a crucial role in serving our schools and working families. As mayor, Jim will expand the number of community schools in Philadelphia, which will all partner with the Human Services departments, so that Philadelphians can access critical physical and mental health services directly in their neighborhood. The Kenney Administration will also reduce homelessness by fostering partnerships with community organizations and ensuring cross departmental cooperation.
Environment and Sustainability
Locating, cultivating, and maintaining access to green space in every neighborhood is vital to the success and growth of the City. Jim will work to increase energy efficiency, incentivize the growth of green job creation and develop more green space across the city so that Philadelphia has the opportunity to capitalize on the ecological, environmental, and social benefits of a green economy.
Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs
People who decide to make their life here in Philadelphia should be welcomed with open arms. As Mayor, Jim will continue to make sure our city is a place where immigrants and people of all cultural backgrounds can flourish by instituting a municipal I.D. program, expanding the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs and upholding Philadelphia’s ban on ICE holds.