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South Street is much safer than recent reports might indicate
After the tragic South Street shooting that killed three and wounded 11, national news outlets played up concerns the area’s nightlife was encouraging violence.
- That’s not what the data says, however. A new Billy Penn analysis shows that not only do shootings seldom occur, but the business district is also among the safest in Philly.
Some shop owners feel the incident was used to push an agenda, report Emily White and Beatrice Forman, who mapped crime reports over the past 7 years.
Adventures, tales, and tips from Center City SIPS
Center City SIPS, the summerlong weekly happy hour promotion, relaunched in June with a new suite of drink deals and more participating establishments.
- What’s the vibe like after two years off for the pandemic? Joel Embiid doesn’t come anymore, but is it still the kind of event where melees break out and servers resent all the guests who don’t tip well?
Many bar owners have been thrilled with the crowds, reports Beatrice Forman, who went on an influencer-informed jaunt through the roving downtown party.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- The building owner accused of setting the Fairhill fire that led to a collapse and killed a firefighter was arrested at JFK Airport. [CBS3]
- The bullets that grazed two officers at Philly’s Fourth of July celebration came from the same gun, officials said, and it could have been over a mile away when fired. [WHYY]
- If you were on the Parkway Monday night and are still missing items left behind, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to recover them. [NBC10]
- Up the Block, the online resource for Philadelphia gun violence solutions and connections, is hiring a new full-time community engagement reporter. [Trace]
- With songs like “Wings of Eagles” and “Moment of Silence,” local arts nonprofits are capturing the ambiance of Tacony Creek Park in symphonic sound. [Grid]
- The Philadelphia Stars made it to the USFL championships but lost 33-30 to Birmingham. No word on how this has affected the mascot, Blob. [USA Today/Billy Penn]
- Termini Brothers’ new South Philly cafe is open for business right across from the original bakery. Nonna and Pop’s serves ice cream, pastries, coffee, and — of course — cannoli. [@nonna_and_pops]
Nothing public on Mayor Kenney’s schedule today. Asked about his comments about being happy when he’s not mayor anymore, he said “I’m a human being. I was frustrated,” and reiterated that he’s not resigning despite mounting calls.
ON THE CALENDAR
? BP Quizzo is at Hawthornes! Our pub trivia night about all things Philadelphia lands 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: City & State’s Diversity Summit invites small biz owners to connect with key agencies, reps, and contractors to get in on the lucrative government procurement process. RSVP here to attend. (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 14)
? Explore North American street at the First Friday Summer Carnival, featuring games, food, drinks, and live music. (5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 8)
? Get tipsy with goats at the Philly Goat Project’s summer happy hour at the Farm at Awbury Arboretum. It’s a 21+ BYOB affair, with a raffle for goat-themed art and firepits. Tix are $35. (5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9)