Michael P. Nutter was faced with a huge responsibility when he was sworn into office at
his inauguration ceremony on January 7, 2008, as the mayor of Philadelphia. Citizens were eager
to elect the democratic reformist who promised a profound change in all policy areas after
decades of systematic failure in trying to solve an array of issues in Philadelphia. His challenge
now is to carry out his promises of reform in public safety, education, healthy and sustainable
communities, jobs and economic development, ethics and transparency and government
, while at the same time corresponding this menu for change with the most pressing
problems the local government is responsible for alleviating.
“Voice of Young Philadelphia: Decide, Discuss, Vote” released a survey in 2007,
sponsored by Young America PAC, Young Involved Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia
Chamber of Commerce's Young Professional Network, and the Committee of Seventy, asking
young adults to determine the top five most important issues of the election year out of the given
35 issues. Based on the survey, the participants considered the following five issues to be most
important: crime/gun control/criminal justice (65.2%), mass/public transit (42.7%), economic
development (41.1%), education and early education (37%), and job growth and retention
The results of this survey illustrate the obvious concern for the
growing crime rate in
Philadelphia from the young adults. In the five years from 2001 to 2006, Philadelphia's murder
rate soared more than 36 percent, while nationally, the murder rate increased only 2 percent. The
following table from the Philadelphia Police Department illustrates an increase of crime reports
from 2005 to 2006. The table shows a significant overall decrease in the number of crimes
reported from 1995 to 2006, however the number of reports show a steady increase from 81,833
in 2004 to 85,493 in 2006.
“First 100 Days: The Path to Progress.” Office of the Mayor. City of Philadelphia. 2008.
“Voice of Young Philadelphia: Decide, Discuss, Vote Survey:
Top 5 Issues of 2007.” Young Professionals Network. Young America PAC. Young Involved Philadelphia.