Philadelphia’s new City Council President Darrell Clarke

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Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke. (NewsWorks photo)

Hour 2

Fifth District Councilman DARRELL CLARKE became Philadelphia City Council President on January 2nd, succeeding the retired Council staple Anna Verna and before her, his own political mentor, John Street. Clarke’s Fifth District includes swaths of booming Center City and desperately poor North Philly, as well as transitional areas like the Temple and North Broad areas undergoing significant and rapid redevelopment. Though he hasn’t often hogged the media spotlight as a councilman, Clarke has been among the most prolific authors of legislation, taking a lead role in spurring the redevelopment in his district while fighting for community benefits for his many impoverished constituents. And now he’s in position to be the major force helping or hindering Mayor Michael Nutter’s second-term ambitions. On today’s Radio Times, Clarke joins Marty in the studio to discuss his hopes for his district and the city that surrounds it, Council and the Mayor, the city and state, and how Philadelphia can balance its efforts to aid its poorest neighborhoods while boosting its booming downtown.

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