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Police disproportionately nix West and North Philly block parties

Philly¬†police denied over 200 block party permits this year due to¬†“criminal activity.”¬†We mapped the denials; most fall in underserved communities.

  • The definition of “criminal activity” is subjective, and the PPD won’t say¬†exactly how it’s determined. But once a block is designated a “problem,” it can be hard to shake.

Residents who¬†got denied after years of permits are frustrated and upset, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch reports.¬†Said one: “Block parties make us feel safer.”

Map showing where block party permits have been approved or denied this year. Blue locations were approved for block parties, and red locations were denied.

Map showing where block party permits have been approved or denied this year

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New GoFundMe supports ex-Prevention Point workers

Last spring, both Billy Penn and The Inquirer reported on allegations of unsafe workplace conditions at Prevention Point in Kensington.

  • Mutual aid orgs launched a new¬†GoFundMe¬†to¬†help employees who left recover from the sexual assault, harassment, transphobia, and dangerous conditions¬†they say they experienced on the job.

The crowdfunding effort¬†has a $15k goal. If it’s successful, employees told Michaela Winberg, they¬†plan to use the money for mental health treatment.

Prevention Point on the left, at the intersection of Kensington Avenue and Monmouth Street

Prevention Point on the left, at the intersection of Kensington Avenue and Monmouth Street

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The short-lived Center City Diner left behind a cool canopy

The short-lived Center City Diner left behind a cool canopy

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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

  • 57:¬†Shooting¬†victims¬†recorded¬†last week¬†so far, vs. 34 the week prior. [@PCGVR via City Controller]
  • 1,442:¬†Shooting victims¬†this year, up 2% from last year¬†[PCGVR]
  • 337:¬†Year-to-date¬†homicides, 4% ahead of¬†last year’s pace and¬†up 71% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]


Mayor Kenney and other officials are meeting with U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Regional Director Ala Stanford — famous as founder of Philly’s Black Doctors Consortium — to discuss solutions to address gun violence as a public health crisis. A short briefing follows the closed meeting (11:30 a.m.).


ūüéį BP Quizzo lands at the South Philly sports complex¬†in Live’s¬†Sports & Social bar, where cohosts Danya and Sakeenah will quiz you on¬†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)ūüé≠ “The BOX” — a traveling play about the aftershocks of mass incarceration — lands at¬†Eastern State Penitentiary.¬†Tickets are on a sliding scale¬†from $20 to $50. (7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,¬†Aug. 13-14)

ūü¶ź Early heads up on the¬†Swedish Historical Museum’s summer Crayfish Party,¬†because RSVPs are due¬†by Aug. 12 for the dinner, which costs $55 per person for all you can eat — meatballs included. (6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19)

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