Despite Mayor Nutter’s pledge "to take trash off the table" when addressing the city’s budget deficit last year, small business owners now have to pay an annual trash collection fee of $500. The new fee was part of the $3.8 billion budget bill passed by City Council in May.
The city’s rationale? By charging about 15,000 small businesses for trash collection (larger businesses are already required to hire private collectors), the city will generate more than $7 million a year.
Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.
Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia. Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration. As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.