Lower Taxes and Affordable Neighborhoods
Councilman Johnson is dedicated to making sure that all residents can live comfortably in their homes. Once AVI passed, the Councilman worked on the Longtime Owner Occupancy Program to ensure that residents are not priced out of their homes. He has continued his work by expanding the LOOP program to those who received abatements and equitable ownership of their property.
Development of a neighborhood is better than decline only when it is done in a manner that minimizes involuntary displacement of vulnerable populations like low-income households, and the elderly.
Councilman Johnson works to promote smart development in my District. This means creating affordable, workforce, and market rate housing. Creating neighborhoods which are safe, clean and provide quality education is a paramount goal of mine.
But in addition, as neighborhoods such as Point Breeze progress, Councilman Johnson seeks to make sure it stays viable for everyone, regardless of their financial background. We must build bridges between old residents and new residents because a diverse community is a strong community.
Gun Violence Preventions
Councilman Johnson has worked to prevent gun violence in his community since long before he was an elected official. After experiencing the murder of his cousin, Johnson began grassroots community efforts to combat gun violence in his community. In his short time in Council, Councilman Johnson has outlawed the sale of 3D Printer Guns and realistic toy guns. He has also increased the fine and raised awareness about the dangers of BB Guns being sold to children in our neighborhoods.
Advocate for Education
Education is key to the development and success of all Philadelphia youth. Councilman Johnson has repeatedly advocated on behalf of Philadelphia students and parents in Harrisburg for proper school funding. He is a major proponent of a fair funding formula to ensure Philadelphia gets its fair share of school funding.
In Philadelphia, the Councilman successfully fought the closing high-performing E.M. Stanton. He also works closely to develop and aid “Friends Of” groups so that the community which surrounds our neighborhood schools is invested in their success. Specifically, in response to student violence against teachers at John Bartram High School in Southwest Philadelphia, the Councilman has worked to get parents, teachers and community members involved in programs and initiatives to change the climate of Bartram.
$3M in Park Funding
Everyone deserves a safe, clean and beautiful place to play in their community. In his short time in office, Councilman Johnson has invested over $3,000,000 in funding to provide improvements and renovations to park infrastructure, security, fencing.
|James Finnegan Playground||$250,000||Lights, roof exterior, exterior doors and window replacement, remote basketball court|
|Girard Park||$200,000||New benches, walkways, and lighting|
|Guerin Recreation Center||$15,000||Replacement of bocce ball court floor|
|Vare Recreation Center||$31,295||Boiler Replacement|
|Marion Anderson/FDR Park-Improvements/Renovations||$400,000||Locker room, office, extension to the recreation center|
|McCreesh Playground Skatepark Funding||$75,000||Development of a skatepark|
|Markward Playground at Schuykill River Park||$150,000||Site analysis, programming, design development|
|Ralph Brooks Tot Lot||$85,000||Repaving of basketball court, Installation of new backboards, safety matting|
|Lanier Playground||$500,000||Green infrastructure, storm water management systems, installation of playground equipment|
|Wharton Square Playground||$225,479||Site Prep Work, Removal of existing play equipment|
|Barry Recreation Center||$200,000||Complete renovation of the existing building, including a new HVAC unit|
|Chew Playground||$80,000||Renovations to one full basketball court and two half courts|
|Eastwick Park Playground||$165,000||Renovations to two full basketball courts and four half courts|
|Connell Park||$70,000||Renovations to one full basketball court, including the purchase of two standards|
|McCreesh Playground||$175,000||Renovations to two full basketball courts, purchase/installation of four standards, and asphalt work|
|Fitler Square||$71,000||Renovations of the East and West Gardens, replacements of 14 metal benches|
|Carousel House||$20,000||Paving of parking and driving areas|
|Security Cameras for 2nd District||$121,700||$121,700 per year for 3 yrs. Installation of security cameras|
|Mann Center for the Performing Arts||$50,000||Expansion of North Georges Hill fence line, Video display installation|
|Myers Recreation Center||$65,000||Renovations to two full basketball courts, fencing, bleachers|
|Myers Recreation Center||$16,500||Floor Replacement: Replacement of dance floor Health center completely renov by P &R|
|Finnegan Playground||$30,000||Renovations to two basketball courts, including a sealcoat and colorcoat|
|Smith Playground||$70,000||Renovations to one full basketball court, including the purchase/installation of two standards|