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How Philly will benefit from new federal infrastructure funds

President Biden yesterday signed the Inflation Reduction Act, which means millions more in infrastructure funding for Philadelphia.

  • From PHL Airport to safer streets, some initiatives already got boosted in this year’s city budget thanks to the¬†Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.¬†Not all money is yet in hand, because some of the grants are competitive.

With these two acts in place, Jordan Levy runs through five big projects in Philly that are in line for federal funds.

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Cult favorite Raising Cane’s opens second Philly location

North Philly has no shortage of fried chicken chains, but the newest addition — which hails from Louisiana but now has more than 500 locations — is different.

  • Raising Cane’s serves only chicken fingers.¬†No wings, no drumsticks, just fingers made from tenderloins that are brined 24 hrs, then fried fresh instead of frozen.

It makes for a popular destination, as proven by the¬†buzzing interior of the new outpost just off Temple’s campus¬†on Cecil B. Moore.

Raising Cane's serves chicken fingers, and chicken fingers only

Raising Cane's serves chicken fingers, and chicken fingers only

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South Street Philadelphia

South Street Philadelphia

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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

  • 47:¬†Shooting¬†victims¬†recorded¬†last week¬†so far, vs. 57 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 1,479:¬†Shooting victims¬†this year, up 1% from last year¬†[PCGVR]
  • 345:¬†Year-to-date¬†homicides, 2% ahead of¬†last year’s pace and¬†up 72% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]


Mayor Kenney joins the virtual¬†biweekly briefing on the city’s gun violence response (1 p.m.), which will have a focus on back-to-school safety.¬†You can¬†listen live on WURD Radio 900 AM/96.1 FM or¬†watch on Facebook.


ūüé≤ Join us for BP Quizzo tonight!¬†We’re heading to¬†the South Philly sports complex¬†at¬†Sports & Social, 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)

ūüŹ≥ÔłŹ‚ÄćūüĆą Partner event:¬†Star comedians Amy Sedaris and Cole Escola take the stage at the Academy of Music on the Avenue of the Arts for¬†a private show benefitting the William Way Center.¬†Tix available online.¬†(7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17)

ūüćē RIP to Freelance Pizza: The roving pop-up is headed to Herman’s Coffee for its¬†second-to-last stop ever, which is coincidentally the coffee shop’s 5th bday. Stop by for meatballs on pizza, tomato pie, and Okie Dokie donuts. (12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20)

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