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Saffron: Caring for city's parks is serious business

The Inquirer's Inga Saffron writes that the city's parks, which rely heavily on support from neighborhood benefactors who are struggling because of the weak economy, need a financial transformation. "Philadelphia's operating budget for parks this year … is $12.6 million," she writes, for 9,200 acres of land, with an additional 500 acres on the way under the merged Parks and Recreation department. Chicago's park system spends $392 million on 7,200 acres, while New York's four-acre Bryant Park raises $8 million a year from private donors, Saffron reports.


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Brian James Kirk, Co-founder, Technically Media

Lives: Point Breeze, South Philadelphia.
Philosophy: Don’t talk about it; do it.
Twitter: @brianjameskirk
When you see Brian ask him about: Early 90′s punk rock / biking / coffee.

Kirk, a co-founder, handles business development, marketing and product development for the Technical.ly network, developing new partnerships, building brand identity and coordinating events and projects. He manages efforts like Philly Tech Week and Connect Philly. Kirk is a graphic designer at heart, responsible for making sure that even the company’s spreadsheets are pretty. In his spare time, he’s actively seeking the best bar in South Philly.



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