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Philadelphia police have denied more than 200 block party permits this year due to “criminal activity”. We mapped the denials; most fall in underserved communities.
- The definition of “criminal activity” is subjective, and the PPD will not say exactly how it is determined. But once a block is designated as a “problem”, it can be difficult to shake it off.
Residents who have been turned away after years of permits are frustrated and upset, reports Lizzy McLellan Ravitch. One said: “Block parties make us feel safer.”
Last spring, Billy Penn and The Inquirer reported on allegations of unsafe working conditions at Prevention Point in Kensington.
- Self-help organizations have launched a new GoFundMe to help departed employees recover from sexual assault, harassment, transphobia and unsafe conditions they say they experienced at work.
The crowdfunding effort has a goal of $15,000. If successful, the employees told Michaela Winberg they plan to use the money for mental health treatment.
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- Nearly all unionized city workers have complied with Philadelphia’s COVID vaccination mandate, the city announced yesterday, eight months after it went into effect. About 22k got the jab, and another 3,000 get exemptions. The 68 who refused are in line to be fired. [BP/WHYY/Inquirer$]
- Many ignore the most serious allegation against Pete Rose: rape. He dismissed a reporter’s question during Phillies Alumni Weekend, saying, “That was 55 years ago, baby.” [Inquirer$/ESPN]
- Across the United States, Mexican pizza becomes a genre in its own right. In South Philadelphia, by Rosario and Pizzeria San Lucas are culinary representations of the neighborhood’s Mexican and Italian roots. [NYT$/Rosario’s/San Lucas]
- Visit Philly’s new CEO, Angela Val likes Prince, his leather jacketand that the people of Philadelphia are “unabashedly proud to dance to the beat of our drum”. [Philly Mag$]
- onion took a hit in Philadelphia on Tuesday, declaring it the first city to consist of 100% parking spaces. We will need some more orange cones and beach chairs, folks. [Onion/PhillyVoice]
By the Numbers in Philadelphia
- 57: Registered gunshot victims Last week so far, up from 34 the previous week. [@PCGVR via City Controller]
- 1,442: Shooting victims This yearup 2% from last year [PCGVR]
- 337: Year to date murders4% ahead of last year’s pace and up 71% from five years ago [Philly Police]
Mayor Kenney and other officials are meeting with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Director Ala Stanford — famous as the founder of Philly’s Black Doctors Consortium — to discuss solutions to address gun violence as a public health crisis. A brief briefing follows the in camera meeting (11:30 a.m.).
🎰 BP Quizzo lands at South Philly Sports Complex live Sports and social bar, where co-hosts Danya and Sakeenah will quiz you on trivia about all things Philadelphia. Prizes include gift cards and beach chairs, all free with RSVP. (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 17) 🎭 “The BOX” – a traveling play about the aftermath of mass incarceration – lands at Eastern State Penitentiary. The tickets are degressive from $20 to $50. (7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday August 13-14)
🦐 First look at the Swedish Historical Museum Summer Crayfish Party, because RSVPs are due before August 12 for dinner, which is $55 per person for all you can eat – meatballs included. (6:30 p.m. Friday August 19)