PHILADELPHIA—Mayor Cherelle Parker took office as Philadelphia’s 100th mayor and marked a historic milestone as the first Black female mayor of the city earlier this year. She set forward her 100-day commitments with a focus on public safety, quality of life, and economic development. On April 11, she celebrated her first 100 days in office at an event in the city’s Kensington neighborhood.

Released on January 2, her plan emphasized a safer, cleaner, and greener Philadelphia, tackling critical areas such as economic opportunity, education, and housing, aligning closely with the needs of the City Council, and garnering support for tax relief and property tax adjustments.

The plan outlined a series of strategic community partnerships, aiming at modernizing education through the Board of Education and enhancing economic development to boost the city’s quality of life.

Though beset with many challenges and some criticisms, the mayor has hit the ground running according to many in her first 100 days in office, making significant strides toward achieving the goals outlined in her comprehensive 100-day action plan. Here are some key accomplishments:


1. Launching infrastructure projects to repair and upgrade roads, bridges, and public facilities, improving quality of life and setting the stage for economic growth.

2. Working to stimulate economic development by attracting new investments, supporting small businesses, and implementing workforce development programs.

3. Reforming public safety through enhanced community policing, improved police-community relations, and increased accountability in law enforcement.

4. Addressing the need for affordable housing by incentivizing development, streamlining permitting, and ensuring access to safe, affordable housing options.

5. Promoting environmental sustainability through initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, support renewable energy, enhance resilience to climate change, and invest in green infrastructure.

Mayor Parker’s first 100 days in office have been marked by ambitious initiatives aimed at shaping Philadelphia’s future toward a safer, cleaner, and more equitable environment. From significant strides in public safety and gun control to fostering economic development and tackling housing and homelessness, her administration has laid a comprehensive foundation.

Her strategic collaborations and legislative measures have not only addressed immediate concerns but have also demonstrated a promising trajectory for long-term improvements in the city’s quality of life and sustainability.

Despite some criticisms of the length of time it has taken Mayor Parker to appoint some key top positions in her administration, she explained to The Philadelphia Inquirer her reasoning.

According to the publication, the mayor said her deliberative and slow process for hiring top officials was the result of her desire to ensure she had the right team.

“You say, ‘Cherelle, what’s your goal? What’s your objective?’” she said, according to the publication. “Deliver a government to the people of Philadelphia that they can see, touch, and feel, where they can see their tax dollars at work in their neighborhoods,” The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted her as saying.

Student Minister Rodney Muhammad of the Nation of Islam’s Mosque No. 12 in Philadelphia is pleased with some of the progress Mayor Parker has made so far. “Mayor Parker’s innovative approach to city governance is breathing new life into the city.

By breaking down bureaucratic barriers and making herself more accessible to the people, she is fostering a sense of connection between City Hall and the communities it serves.

Through decentralizing city services and bringing them directly into the districts, Mayor Parker is ensuring that residents no longer have to navigate a complex web of red tape to get the support they need,” he told The Final Call.

“This shift towards a more localized and responsive system of governance is a refreshing change that promises to make a real difference in the lives of Philadelphia residents.”

Community activist Stan Crawford, head of the Black Male Community Council said, “Mayor Parker’s leadership marks a pivotal moment for our city, as her genuine humanity and compassion set her apart from previous administrations. Her actions, both present and future, hold the potential to create a lasting, positive impact on our community.”

Glenn Ellis, a Philadelphia-based educator took a more critical view of Mayor Parker’s first 100 days. “In a city where the measure of success is often viewed through the lens of others, the lack of foundational strength within the Black community becomes starkly apparent.

Despite the presence of individuals holding titles of prominence, the absence of tangible assets such as banks, commercial real estate in city centers, and thriving businesses reveals a deeper systemic issue,” he said.

“The love and support for people and their endeavors, while admirable, cannot compensate for the historical pattern of elevating Black mayors only during times of distress, particularly economic turmoil,” Mr. Ellis continued.

“The harsh reality is that cities across the nation, from Atlanta to Baltimore, San Francisco to Chicago, have witnessed the rise and fall of Black mayors, chewed up and spit out by a system that fails to provide genuine, lasting empowerment.”