Recent Articles About Kenyatta
January 23, 2019
Johnson, a Point Breeze native, remembers the painting of the 1989 mural as well as some of the slain individuals that it honored.
“This mural symbolized those individuals in South Philadelphia who not only lost their lives to gun violence, senseless gun violence, but more importantly, individuals who were staples in our community,” he said. “Individuals who were family members here in our community.”
Controversy sparked in summer 2018 when the original mural was destroyed during a construction project — not an uncommon occurrence in the neighborhood.
But, during the ceremony, Johnson commemorated the building’s developer, Steven Brown of Urban Living, for collaborating with the Ralph Brooks Community Basketball League and the Make The World Better Foundation to refurbish the mural.
“As private landowners, they did not have to honor the requests of the community to put this mural back up,” Johnson said. “But the developer empathized with the community…recognizing that this mural is special in the place and the hearts of the people who live in Point Breeze. So to me, this isn’t political.”
January 19, 2019
“In light of two fatal shootings in South Philadelphia last week, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson hosted a pair of public safety walks throughout the 1st and 17th police districts on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.
During the second walk on Wednesday, the councilman canvased from door-to-door around Snyder Avenue alongside community leaders and the Philadelphia Police Department to spread awareness and resources to South Philly neighbors in an ongoing effort to counter recent violent trends.”
January 14, 2019
City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson held a news conference at the corner of 16th and Kater streets Thursday afternoon to discuss KKK propaganda that was allegedly placed on the windshield of Graduate Hospital resident Malik Upshur’s car. According to Johnson, Upshur is the only black resident on the block. Upshur said that his car was the only car that had propaganda placed on it.
“For me, it was totally upsetting and disgusting to discover that there are hate groups in this particular beautiful neighborhood known as the Graduate Hospital area, which I have grown up in as a young man,” Johnson said. “Today, we wanted to come out here and put forth a united front to denounce this particular action.”
December 14, 2018
“Johnson is also a co-sponsor on this more recent bill, along with council members Mark Squilla and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez.
Both amendments to LOOP come after another significant moment in early April, when the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) released a shocking analysis of home values, saying the median home value had risen by 10.5 percent. With that increase comes a big bump in property taxes in neighborhoods across the city, something that had many residents outraged and prompted city council to call for an independent audit of OPA.
It seems that assessment in the spring did play some kind of role in the new bill; Squilla mentioned the ‘unpredictability of OPA’s assessments and the large jumps property owners have experienced in recent years,’ in his support of the LOOP amendment.
‘In Point Breeze, where the average rowhouse assessment increased 43 percent last year, you can imagine the latest LOOP amendment would open the program up to a lot of residents facing tax hardships who are just barely ineligible,’ Johnson said.”
October 11, 2018
“Councilman Kenyatta Johnson said the compromise worked out with the First Judicial District is a fairer approach — and part of a larger effort to make it easier for people to be released while waiting for trial.
‘We know some people have the ability to make bail in a timely fashion, and some people don’t. We want to use more progressive ways in making sure people come to court,’ said Johnson.”
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Philadelphia, PA 19101
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson represents Philadelphia's Second District, covering parts of Center City, South and Southwest Philadelphia, Philadelphia International Airport, the Navy Yard, Eastwick, Grays Ferry, Hawthorne, and Point Breeze.