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On South Street, confusion over what police are supposed to do

Following the June South Street shooting that killed three people and wounded 14, there were calls for police to change their approach.

  • But not all stakeholders want the same thing for the commercial corridor surrounded by a residential area, interviews with business owners and residents show — and they’re often in conflict.

In both camps, Billy Penn’s Beatrice Forman and Emily White report, many are unclear about what the PPD actually is supposed to be doing to promote safety.

Tattooed Mom is a longtime South Street bar and restaurant Credit: Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

‘Reforestation Hub’ to turn old city trees into usable lumber

Philly Parks & Rec is partnering with a DC-based startup to mill salvageable wood from felled trees into lumber they can sell to fund tree-planting efforts.

  • Currently when trees in Philly parks fall down or need to be removed, they’re sent to a Fairmount Park recycling center to be turned into cheap material like mulch or wood chips.

The new tree-milling pilot program is set to launch in spring 2023, Asha Prihar reports, and will employ youth from a local workforce development program.

Credit: Mark Henninger / Imagic Digital

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The Pink Pussycat on South Street Credit: Emma Lee / WHYY

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

  • 53: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 47 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 1,534: Shooting victims this year, up 1% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 352: Year-to-date homicides, 1% ahead of last year’s pace and up 74% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]

MAYOR WATCH: Aug. 24, 2022

Busy first half of the day in public for Mayor Kenney. He starts at the ribbon cutting for One Cathedral Square, the new apartment tower on the Parkway behind the Basilica (10 a.m.). Next is a speech at Citizens Bank Park to kick off this year’s Ring the Bell PHL back-to-school campaign (11 a.m.). Then it’s back to City Hall for a Ukraine flag raising ceremony to commemorate the country’s 31st anniversary of independence (12 p.m.).


? Partner event: The North Broad Renaissance CDC hosts a free trivia night in Foundation at the Divine Lorraine, and we provided the specially-themed BP Quizzo questions! (6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25)

? Jet Wine Bar on South Street West hosts a pop-up by Brown’s Test Kitchen, with a menu that’s “a culinary journey through the African diaspora.” (5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26)

? The first Philadelphia Welsh Week celebrates three centuries of the Welsh in Philadelphia, with music, movies, arts, and classes. (Saturday, Aug. 27 to Sunday, Sept. 4)

? Home Brewed Events and Love City Brewing host We Dissent, a special block party to support women’s reproductive rights. (12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28)