Residents living near the Kensington and Allegheny Avenues intersection should be aware of recent changes to the Philadelphia City Council map that may affect their representation.
The map was used during the 2023 City Council elections, meaning voters selected candidates based on the new district boundaries. However, the districts did not change until the election winners were seated earlier this week.
Previously, the streets surrounding the intersection were split between Districts 1 and 7, each represented by one council member. Now, the area is divided into Districts 1, 6, and 7 and is served by three representatives.
The change mostly impacts Harrowgate residents.
Before the redistricting, Harrowgate residents between Kensington Avenue and Port Richmond were represented by Councilmember Mark Squilla (District 1), whose district included a large portion of Kensington. Now, they are part of District 6, represented by Councilmember Mike Driscoll, who serves Port Richmond and Northeast neighborhoods as far as Torresdale.
Meanwhile, Kensington and Harrowgate residents living on the other side of Kensington Avenue are represented by Councilmember Quetcy Lozada (District 7). Lozada also represents a pocket between Kensington and Frankford Avenues and Monmouth Street to Allegheny Avenue, including Willard Elementary and Conwell Middle Schools.
Redistricting, which happens every 10 years when census data is released, is intended to ensure every resident has equal representation. However, some residents and nonpartisan groups have expressed concern about the new boundaries splitting communities with shared interests and decreasing their political power.
For a detailed explanation of Philly's redistricting process, click here.
How to contact your City Council representative
District 1: Councilmember Mark Squilla
City Hall, Room 332
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
District 6: Councilmember Mike Driscoll
City Hall, Room 313
Philadelphia, PA 19107
District 7: Councilmember Quetcy Lozada
City Hall, Room 316
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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