PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — This year, 2023, is a major year in Philadelphia politics. We will be electing our 100th mayor who will lead and steer our diverse and unique city over the next four years.
This mayor, possibly Philadelphia’s first African-American female mayor or the first Asian American mayor, will be stepping into power at a crucial time in our city’s growth.
As we continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic, there’s positive momentum on several fronts to build an even stronger city.
Now is the time to fuel, not stifle, Philadelphia’s growth through responsible development, job creation and safety initiatives, and to lay the groundwork that will see Philadelphia through its next 100 mayors.
A Growing City
Since the days of William Penn, Philadelphia’s growth has relied on a pro-building environment. Executing Penn’s plans for the city required the expertise and oversight of the Master Builders from the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia as early as the 1720s..
In the mid-1900s, famed urban planner Edmund N. Bacon, known as “The Father of Modern Philadelphia,” developed Market East, Penn’s Landing, Society Hill, Independence Mall and other defining areas of the city for Philadelphians and...