About Yvonne Haskins 4 Articles
Yvonne B. Haskins has substantial and varied experience as a lawyer, financial underwriter, developer, public administrator, community/economic development planner, and community-based organization director. Her current focus is real estate law, affordable housing and economic development projects. She initiated a process that resulted in the creation of Germantown United Community Development Corporation, whose mission is to revitalize and bring improvements to the commercial corridors in the Germantown community.


  1. While it is a crime that blight continues to exist in our City, it is even worse when our city government is responsible for leaving its buildings vacant and deteriorated. Town Hall and the YWCA should be immediately transferred to someone who can reuse them and put them back on the tax rolls. We need this funding for our schools and City services!

  2. Definitely look forward to movement in 2020. Town Hall and the YWCA should compliment whatever the plans of Germantown HS and Fulton end up. These two blocks could be a great “Town Center” for Germantown with the right planning.

  3. The City Council in Philly consists of people who are transplants from Gullah-Geechie families from the Carolinas who came to Philly w/ their families 2 generations ago(especially the Black members of City Council). They found their way into the corrupt political world of Philly by some mysterious circumstance. Once they encountered the power of their office, they became hypnotized by it(since so many of them come from very humble circumstances). They are not Black populist leaders, they are political hacks who work for the varied interests of the white ethnic business community. They operate in a cliquish manner, as does most of the Black Philly business & political establishment(as small as it may be-the city only has a 2% Black business ownership rate w/ a 44% Black American population). Our City Council president does not have a law degree(as does his counterpart in a partially Black city like DC), & many of the council members are marginally qualified for the jobs that they possess(based on their resumes before they were elected). The demographics of the city are rapidly changing; many of these people will wield their corrupt practices until they no longer have a voting base that reflects their backgrounds. This, of course, will lead to their loss of a political position with the local government. Karma is something else!(this is my opinion of the Philly City Council).

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