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Land Bank awards West Philly’s Memorial Garden to developer

Memorial Garden, around for 19 years, recently got a redesign funded by PHS. But this spring it was designated as a vacant lot for redevelopment.

  • The Land Bank initially awarded the entire space — dedicated to victims of violence — to a developer through the city’s new program for first-time homeowners. After outcry, the plan will likely be amended.

Those who care for the garden are in a bind, Jordan Levy reports, as they work with officials to find a balance between green space and needed housing.

Hungry for arepas? You can try both kinds in Philly

Both Venezuela and Colombia lay claim to arepas, but the corn griddle cakes actually have indigenous roots that transcend borders.

  • Some cultural differences persist: Venezuelan arepas are usually savory pockets of meat, cheese, and beans, while the Colombian variety is often sweeter, and typically topped with butter.

Looking to try them? Billy Penn’s Bibiana Correa details four arepa purveyors in and around the city.

March On: The Fight for Pride

Podcast by Billy Penn reporter Michaela Winberg
Out now: Ep. 2: “No Timbs allowed”  | Next up: Ep. 3, June 9

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Because of the South Street mass shooting, Mayor Kenney returned to Philly midday yesterday, a few days earlier than planned.

Today Kenney attends a groundbreaking in front of Reading Terminal Market (10:30 a.m.), where a block of Filbert Street will become the city’s first roadway that can transform from vehicle pathway to pedestrian plaza, complete with retractable bollards.


Tomorrow! 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)

? 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)

? The Rail Park is shutting down Noble Street for its first-ever block party, and free daylong celebration with a pop-up skate park, transit-themed Quizzo, and food deals. ( 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11)