Obama comes to Philadelphia, PHA cuts tenant-service group’s funding

    Good morning, Feeders, and happy almost-holiday weekend! For those of you who haven’t left town already, we’ve got updates on the Philadelphia Housing Authority and a lobbying recommendations from the Committee of Seventy.

    Also: Pres. Obama is in Philly.

    Obama is stopping by Center City and Mt. Airy during his visit, which includes dinner at David L. Cohen’s house. Cohen is a major Democratic fundraiser whose list of credentials include work with former Mayor Ed Rendell, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. Lizz Fiedler will catch up with Obama in Center City.

    The Philadelphia Housing Authority has not only cut off funding to a tenant-support nonprofit, but is also being eyed for suspicious consulting payments under former chief Carl Greene. Tom MacDonald will have the details on the latest PHA news.

    Jury selection begins today for the Danieal Kelly trial. We’ll head to the court house as the case involving neglect by parents and social workers is revived.

    Intern Monika Zaleska will have the latest for us on plans to close the Schuylkill River dog park while work on the pedestrian bridge takes place.

    Venice Island Recreation Center in Manayunk will have a new sprayground and a 250-seat performing arts space. But first, the work has to begin. Here’s the story on the project’s status, which looks to be progressing once more.

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