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Schuylkill River Trail gets $2.5 million for extension to Passyunk

A $2.5 million state grant will help take the Schuylkill River Trail further into Southwest Philly, getting it closer to potentially linking up with FDR Park.

  • Stretching from Bartram’s Garden to the Passyunk Avenue Bridge, the paved path will have nighttime lighting. The segment is the latest in a larger project to reinvigorate Philly’s central river banks.

The full $7.5 million project includes a new park at the foot of the bridge, Asha Prihar reports, with construction expected to start next year.

Philly design star launches new show to inspire entrepreneurs

In the few years Shannon Maldonado has run design studio Yowie, her Fabric Row shop has gained national acclaim. Now she’s launching a new show.

  • Called “Small Enough,” the series follows Philly entrepreneurs as they recount and relive the challenges of starting a small business. The pilot debuted last week, and also features Lindsey Scannapieco of Bok.

“A lot of the information out there over-glamorizes what it’s like to run a small business,” Maldonado told Jordan Levy about what sets the show apart.

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Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at the Community College of Philadelphia. 

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 62: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 64 the week prior. [PPD Google Drive]
  • 1,317: Shooting victims this year, up 2% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 302: Year-to-date homicides, down 1% from last year; up 66% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]

MAYOR WATCH

Mayor Kenney is traveling the rest of this week, taking personal time for a trip to Germany, per his office. There he’ll attend the Cities Fortifying Democracy Forum in Berlin.

ON THE CALENDAR

🍻 Tomorrow! Our pub trivia night about all things Philadelphia lands at Hawthornes in South Philly. Happy hour specials and prizes await. RSVP for free to join us. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21)

🌳 Malcolm X Park will pop with food, giveaways, resources, music, double dutch, and other activities at the “We’re Still Here” block party. (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 22)

✨ BYOBBS (bring your own booze, blanket, and snacks) to the Magic Garden for a night of performances and crafts. Tickets are $25. (7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 22)

🛍️ The Philly Queer Flea heads to Mural City’s new wine garden in Kensington, where attendees can shop for cottagecore-inspired dream catchers, whimsical prints, and plenty of handmade jewelry from local LGBTQ artisans. (1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23)

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