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Philadelphia as a ‘sanctuary city’ for abortion access
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, many local elected officials spoke out, and one called for Philly to be an “abortion sanctuary city.”
- There’s already an influx of new patients, because Pittsburgh clinics are overwhelmed and flights to Philadelphia are more plentiful. And there’s a push in Council to provide funding for related care and costs, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch reports.
But unlike with immigration, if the next governor signs a ban of the procedure, Philly’s sanctuary ability would be severely limited.
Free Library cooling centers: hours and how to get there
There’s a Heat Health Emergency in Philly, which means utility shut offs are suspended and cooling centers open for residents to grab some free AC.
- A dozen Free Library branches will act as cooling centers, with extended hours until the advisory ends. Each location has free WiFi and a slate of programming — if the branch has enough staff.
Asha Prihar mapped all 12 locations, with how to get there on public transit, plus options for fun things to do.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- The Philadelphia School District currently has a budget surplus, a rarity possible because of pandemic education funding, but it’s expected to become a deficit within 5 years. [Chalkbeat]
- Philly’s housing market is no longer completely red hot. New data shows that price reductions on listings increased 8.5% over the last year, meaning buyers could start running into lower asking prices. [Redfin/Axios]
- Double-decker SEPTA Regional Rail cars could hit the Philadelphia area as soon as early 2023, thanks to the photos from the China factory where the train cars are being built. [Inquirer$]
- Meet BLJ Community Rowing, the country’s only Black-owned rowing club. The Boathouse Row outfit has taught over 1,500 students how to row, with more than half Black and brown. [Love Now Media]
- It’s giving metaverse: Next to the Ferris wheel at The Oval two virtual reality domes just opened, one dedicated to the life and art of Jerry Garcia. [Billy Penn/Wooder Ice]
- Mummers are the theme of this year’s “Night in Venice” boat parade in Ocean City, with Nova’s Jay Wright as grand marshal. [PhillyVoice]
- Philly’s professional ultimate frisbee team The Phoenix are headed to the playoffs next month for the first time in 9 years. [AUDL/Billy Penn]
Mayor Kenney is off in Germany attending the Cities Fortifying Democracy Forum through next Tuesday.
ON THE CALENDAR
? Tonight! 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)
?️ 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)
? End the week at the historic Glen Foerd mansion for its annual Summer Celebration, which includes a stacked lineup of screenprinting seminars, tacos from Taqueria Dos Hermanos, John’s Water ice, and a dance party courtesy of Snacktime. (2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 24)