AARP Pennsylvania Hosts Coffee Conversation with Philadelphia Councilmembers Domb and Green

Posted on 01/20/22

AARP Pennsylvania hosted their monthly Coffee Conversation with Elected Leaders on Wednesday, January 19th, and were joined by Philadelphia Councilmembers At-Large Allan Domb and Derek Green, who spoke on a variety of issues concerning both Philadelphia’s 50+ community, and the city’s overall population. 

One of AARP Pennsylvania’s missions is to keep our members informed of the goings-on and opportunities at the local level. In Southeast Pennsylvania, that has meant hosting casual conversations with local leaders to give AARP Pennsylvania members a chance to speak with their representatives, and better understand how their government can work for them. 

Moderated by AARP Pennsylvania volunteers Margaret Livingston and Linda Bunk, Wednesday’s event was the first Coffee Conversation of 2022. Both Councilmembers Green and Domb – At-Large members, which means they represent the entirety of the City – joined initially to talk about their work on City Council’s intergenerational committee. 

Both Domb and Green grew up entrepreneurs, and detailed their first jobs, as young men, to the audience on Wednesday.

Domb and Green then began answering questions from the audience, which ranged from Philadelphia’s housing issues, to protecting wealth, to public safety and evictions that affect the 50+ population, their families, and the communities in which they live.  

The Councilmembers agreed that one of City Council’s focuses should be keeping folks in their homes and providing them easier access to parking spaces, should they need it.  

Both additionally highlighted Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability’s planning process for changing the city’s parking system in such a way that could get folks to an empty space faster, and help people avoid circling their block looking for parking. 

While Wednesday’s event was AARP Pennsylvania’s first of 2022, the series will be ongoing throughout the year. For more information, and to register for the next Coffee Conversation, be sure to keep up with AARP's Philadelphia community page.

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