Amy Laura Cahn Helps Announce Next Great City’s 2015 Initiatives

Staff attorney Amy Laura Cahn helped announce the Next Great City Coalition’s six initiatives for the four-year mayoral term beginning in 2015.

She specifically addressed storm preparedness at the Next Great City press event on February 18, explaining that over the next 30 years, tidal flooding events are expected to increase in Philadelphia along with other extreme weather conditions such as heat, rain and snow.

Next Great City’s recommended actions addressing storm preparedness include: incorporating vulnerability in extreme weather as a required factor in city infrastructure decision-making; formalizing Philadelphia’s new flood task force; implementing FEMA’s Community Rating System; partnering with residents and businesses to create a comprehensive public extreme weather response plan; requiring that newly-constructed buildings are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions; protecting critical infrastructure, including hospitals and utilities; and supporting community members in ensuring their properties are protected from extreme weather conditions. To read the full Next Great City agenda, click here.

Next Great City was founded in 2007, and is made up of over 100 local entities, groups, and non-profits, including the Law Center, that are dedicated to advocating for policies in Philadelphia that enhance environmental quality, strengthen neighborhoods, and increase economic competitiveness.

Storm preparedness is one of six Next Great City initiatives for the next mayoral term, identified through months of town-hall meetings with hundreds of residents and community leaders. The other five are: healthy houses, nourished students, strong local businesses, trails and bike lane access and clean public spaces. The initiatives are geared toward actions that are within the Mayor’s authority and are low-cost.

Next Great City will host the Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, which will be an opportunity to hear all major mayoral candidates speak to these issues. Click Here to register for the Mayoral Candidates’ Forum.