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The city spent $52M on a West Philly police HQ that never was

Before the PPD got its stately new headquarters in the former Inquirer building, the plan was for police to move into the old Provident Mutual building.

  • West Philly was excited for the project, but there was internal pushback. Kenney admin abandoned the plan in 2017, but not before the city sunk over $50 million of taxpayer money into the space.

The Provident has been reimagined as a health campus, but stakeholders felt blindsided by the mayor’s switcharoo. Jordan Levy recaps how it all went down.

Philly Latinas rebuke cultural norms, find work-life balance

When North Philly artist and art teacher Manuela Guillén was little, her mom told her to clean if she was bored.

  • That non-stop grind mentality followed Gullién and other Latinas through adulthood and moves to Philly, where they work full-time jobs, start side hustles, and juggle business ownership with family time.

One Penn prof says overwork is a staple of Latino immigrant culture, but BP intern Bibiana Correa found more Latinas prioritizing self care post-pandemic.

RECAP: What else happened?

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Kid photo op alert: To mark the national commemoration of the Week of the Young Child, Mayor Kenney visits Bright Minds, Bright Beginnings, a North Broad early learning center that’s been part of the free PHLpreK program since 2020 (10 a.m.).

The mayor’s afternoon starts with remarks at the Convention Center to a gathering of…convention professionals, who convene for the PCMA’s Global Meetings Industry Day (1:30 p.m.). He then heads to City Hall to read a proclamation declaring today Teal Day, locally organized by the WOAR Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence (2:50 p.m.). You can watch on the Philadelphia Commission for Women’s FB page.


? Looking for a workout class and bar crawl double whammy? Join RippedPHL and Barre 3 for back-to-back bar and strength training classes followed by snacks from Pure Fare and drinks from Two Robbers. Tickets are $35. (11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9)

?️ The first of Chestnut Hill’s Second Saturdays kicks off this weekend. Stroll down quaint Germantown Avenue for samplings from local restaurants and peeks at new work from the area’s up-and-coming artists. ( 12 – 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9)

? A Bloody Mary is basically like boozy soup. That’s the inspiration for Musi Philly’s “Hard Soup Night,” a $50 tasting menu filled with liquid deliciousness you can spike with spirits if desired. Reservations required. (8 p.m. Sunday, April 10)