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Officials say Philly is expanding street sweeping in April

Somewhat famously, Philadelphia is the only major U.S. city lacking a citywide street cleaning program.

  • A street sweeping pilot is picking back up next month, according to city officials.  Unlike an early edition of the program, people will have to move parked cars when cleaners come through.

Brooms will sweep through 14 city neighborhoods starting in April, Asha Prihar reports. The Streets Dept. is holding info sessions on Zoom this week.

A place to find and celebrate Philly’s Latina creatives

Local Puerto Rican artist Shawnick Rodriguez wanted to connect with and uplift others like her, so she started an Instagram account.

  • Over the past two years, her Phillyiated Latinas page has attracted a following by highlighting Latina creators, artists, and entrepreneurs.

It’s become a real community, Bibi Correana reports, where followers call each other “primas” — more than friends, they feel like family.

RECAP: What else happened?

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Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at the Community College of Philadelphia. 

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 35: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 30 the week prior [PPD Google Drive]
  • 404: Shooting victims this year, 2% below last year [PCGVR]
  • 103: Year-to-date homicides, 1% above last year [Philly Police]

MAYOR WATCH

Mayor Kenney is out of town, and Managing Director Tumar Alexander is still on his medical leave of absence, so Acting Managing Director Vanessa Garrett-Harley attends the city’s biweekly briefing on the city’s gun violence response (1 p.m.). You can live on WURD Radio 900 AM / 96.1 FM or watch on Facebook.

🌼 Billy Penn event: Join us for news and history trivia about the city you love! Our monthly Philly Quizzo night is back at Jose Pistola’s in Center City. Free RSVP, happy hour specials, win a $50 gift card if you get the top score. Don’t miss the bonus music trivia round. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23)

📰 Billy Penn partner event: Deputy editor Beatrice Forman helps moderate “Shift the Narrative: A Media Panel on Community-Centered Gun Violence Reporting,” presented by PCGVR, PABJ, Young Chances Foundation, and Philly Truce. (1 to 2 p.m. Friday, April 1)

♻ Brainstorm solutions to Philly’s trash and recycling crisis at Weavers Way Co-op’s virtual meeting with former Philly Recycling Coordinator Maurice Sampson. Free RSVP. (6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 17)

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