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Philadelphia fire inspires new nationwide smoke alarm mandate
After January’s fatal rowhome fire in Fairmount, U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean proposed a bill requiring better smoke detectors in public housing.
- The legislation is likely to pass, mandating hardwired smoke alarms for all new public housing, and installation of improved ones in older units. There’s urgency after a string of additional deadly fires in Philly.
One snag: the bill doesn’t provide funding for installation, Jordan Levy reports — and PHA has been saying upgrades would be too costly.
North Broad gets a new Giant supermarket (and apartments)
Giant’s ninth Philadelphia location now occupies the corner of North Broad and Spring Garden streets, a sign of the area’s massive residential boom.
- The 50k-square-foot store is in a new apartment building, with two more developments on the way. It’s one of the area’s biggest supermarkets, with a sushi counter, cafe, and emphasis on locally made goods.
Specialty items — Claudio’s pasta or Tallarico’s hoagie spread, anyone? — are interspersed with standard grocery products. Here’s what you’ll find inside.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- How many law enforcement agencies are there in Pennsylvania? It seems like no one really knows — which is causing concerns around staffing, funding, and accountability. [Spotlight PA]
- Many PGW customers received weirdly high gas bills in May, which the utility says is due to a “weather normalization adjustment” charge. [Inquirer$]
- A letter to the Philadelphia Board of Ed. alleges the firm receiving a new $450k consulting contract from the school district is run by someone who left Nashville “under a cloud.” The controversies were covered by Tennessee local news in 2019. [Chalkbeat/Diane Ravitch/NewsChannel5]
- Manayunk’s annual arts festival made a full comeback last weekend. This is the first year since 2019 where Main Street has been totally shut down to traffic to allow for the event. [KYW]
- “There is wonder out there”: Three ornithology enthusiasts share their experience of birding while Black. [Grid]
- Where and when to watch fireworks to celebrate Independence Day? Here’s a list of some displays in the Philly region. Heads up: If you’re planning to drive into the city on Monday, there will be several road closures for the daylong music festival. [6ABC/phila.gov]
PIDC’s Navy Yard Workforce Skills Initiative is getting an update, and Mayor Kenney joins city and state officials to announce details (2 p.m.). Then he dashes back to City Hall for a ceremonial signing of the wage tax cut (2:45 p.m.). SEPTA officials join Kenney a bit later to sign a “Equity in Infrastructure” pledge, to create more public contracting opportunities for historically underutilized businesses (3:45 p.m.).
ON THE CALENDAR
🍺 BP Quizzo at Hawthornes: Our next trivia night about all things Philadelphia lands outdoors at the Bella Vista beer cafe. Happy hour specials and prizes await. RSVP for free to join us. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21)
🎉 Partner event: The Rounds First Birthday Bash! All are invited to Cherry Street Pier to celebrate one year of Philly’s first zero-waste delivery service of everyday essentials. Enjoy live music, giveaways, and signature cocktails — Rounds members get a free drink ticket. Free with RSVP here. (7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 30)
🌮 Chef Carlos Aparicio, the Mexico-born chef behind South Philly’s El Chingon, lands at the cafe at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a weekend-long lunch pop-up. (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday, July 1-3)
⛳ Tinder getting you down? Try IRL speed-dating with a side of mini golf at Libertee Grounds. Tickets are $20 and include a full round of putt putt, with PAYG drink specials. (7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, June 29)