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Sixers arena plan grows to encompass Greyhound bus station

The Sixers’ Center City arena proposal is growing: 76 Devcorp wants to expand north and take over the Filbert Street space that’s now a bus station.

  • Greyhound had already been looking to relocate the station. Construction on an adjacent lot recently forced it to reconfigure and temporarily prompted NJ Transit to pull bus routes out of Philly.

Addressing concerns, the developer told The Inquirer the Sixers hope to attract “authentic businesses from Chinatown to be incorporated” into the new arena.

Using empty Philly rec center rooms to foster small business

A new Parks & Rec program offers local entrepreneurs the chance to apply for free space in rec centers, in return for mentoring or tutoring children and teens.

  • Prospective biz owners and creatives can apply now for up to four spots, which also come with a Knight Foundation grant to outfit the space. Up to 10 finalists will get $1,500 to put toward their idea.

Asha Prihar has details on the new program, which is accepting applications through early October.

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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

  • 34: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 29 the week prior. [@PCGVR via City Controller]
  • 1,393: Shooting victims this year, up 2% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 322: Year-to-date homicides, same as last year; up 68% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]

MAYOR WATCH

Mayor Kenney joins the virtual biweekly briefing on the city’s gun violence response (1 p.m.). You can listen live on WURD Radio 900 AM/96.1 FM or watch on Facebook.

ON THE CALENDAR

? BP Quizzo lands in South Philly at the Sports & Social bar, where we’ll swoop into the Live! Casino with fun trivia about all things Philadelphia. Prizes include gift cards and beach chairs, all free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17)

? For National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, Famous 4th Street is offering $1 chocolate chip cookies at Reading Terminal Market, with proceeds all benefitting the Ronald McDonald House. (All day Thursday, Aug. 4)

? The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival brings plays, readings, workshops, and a wellness fair to Old City’s Arden Hamilton Family Arts Center. (Thursday to Sunday, Aug. 4-7)