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Finally reopen after Ida floods — in time for hurricane season
Nine months after Ida caused record-breaking flooding along the Schuylkill River, some Manayunk and East Falls businesses are only now reopening.
- Several are returning with altered services, like a brewpub that stopped making beer, or a former bar turned into a haunted house. Some are still closed, including a U.S. post office.
The main worry, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch reports, is that reserves are dry and FEMA relief never came — with another bad hurricane season about to begin.
Photos: Thousands march in new Philly Pride celebration
As thousands of colorfully dressed people proved as they marched through Old City into the Gayborhood on Sunday, Pride is back in the city of Philadelphia.
- A new group of organizers pulled together the event after the implosion of Philly Pride Presents. One of the mandates of the reborn celebration was that it not involve police — and the goal was largely met.
On a day that needed celebration, writes photojournalist Nathan Morris, Philadelphians embraced their individuality, while coming together as one.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- The South Street mass shooting likely started as a fistfight that escalated quickly, police confirmed. One of the people killed was involved, officials said, but the other two — a 22-year-old teacher and 34-year-old skater — were bystanders. [Billy Penn]
- By Sunday morning, business and people had returned to South Street’s busy corridor, but Mayor Kenney ordered it locked down last night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. [WHYY/@PhiladelphiaGov]
- Two city schools are waiting on board approval for community-approved name changes to remove racist legacies: Woodrow Wilson would become Castor Gardens Middle School, and Philip Sheridan would be Gloria Casarez Elementary. [KYW]
- Washington Avenue’s Chew Playground is getting a $2 million Rebuild revamp. Upgrades include a revived football field, new sports equipment, and improved lighting. [South Philly Review/WHYY]
- The 3,500-seat esports arena and office complex planned for South Philly probably won’t happen. Instead, Comcast Spectacor is thinking instead about a multipurpose venue with outdoor viewing for live sports. [Fusion Arena/PhillyVoice]
- The former Dock Street location in West Philly is becoming Carbon Copy, a combination brewery-winery from a pair of Tired Hands alums. [Billy Penn/Philly Grub]
- The Roots Picnic returned for a glorious, two-day music celebration in Fairmount Park. [Billy Penn]
Mayor Kenney is out of town at a conference in NYC, so he’ll miss today’s Juneteenth flag-raising at City Hall, which features remarks by flag creator Ben Haith (11:30 a.m.).
ON THE CALENDAR
💰 Cutting through the Budget BS: Join Billy Penn at Parks on Tap for a happy hour chat with Controller Rebecca Rhynhart about how Philly spends taxpayer money — and who gets a say in the process. Free with RSVP. (5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8)
🏳️🌈 Join Billy Penn reporter Michaela Winberg, host of “March On,” for happy hour at Cockatoo in the Gayborhood, with a drag performance by VinChelle followed by a discussion of modern Pride. Free with RSVP. (5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15)
🎙️ Malcolm Gladwell lands at the Fillmore for a live taping of his podcast, “Revisionist History.” Tickets start at $30. (7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8)
👔 The Meek Mill-connected Reform Alliance and Hire! Philly host a job fair at Wells Fargo Center, with openings for anyone looking but especially single parents, veterans, and formerly incarcerated people. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 9)