ARCHIVES > 2010 > SEP 29 ISSUE

A Question of Gender, A Matter of Choice

Danielle Finnegan has never been more excited to go to the DMV. She even got dolled up for the trip, her fingernails coated in hot pink polish, top button on her light pink blouse undone. After nearly 60 years living as someone else, she is eager to tell PennDOT who she really is. “Finally,” cries Finnegan, the first transgender individual in the state to take advantage of PennDOT’s recent policy change on gender. “No one can argue with the fact that I am a female.” As of Aug. 25, PennDOT no longer requires sexual reassignment surgery for a gender change to one's license.

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Posted Sep. 28, 2010 | Comments: 22

NEWS AND OPINION

By Aaron Kase

Private Practices

Legitimate parking-lot operators, who say they are drowning under the highest tax rates in the city, are frustrated by what they perceive as unfair competition and the city’s indifference to enforcing its own laws. So they’re fighting back, launching an investigation into illegal lots and presenting their findings to City Hall.

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Posted Sep. 28, 2010 | Comments: 6

NEWS AND OPINION

By Aaron Kase

The BRT: It Just Won't Die

The next time citizens appeal their official property-assessment values, guess who’ll be there to hear their pleas? None other than our new, all-time favorite invulnerable chunk of bureaucracy, the Board of Revision of Taxes. Yes, despite all the obstacles thrown in its path, the BRT will continue to play a relevant role in property valuations in Philadelphia.

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Posted Sep. 28, 2010 | Comments: 1

Letters to the Editor

PW readers sound off.

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Posted Sep. 28, 2010 | Comments: 0