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Businesses around Philadelphia use sidewalks as parking lots 

Businesses routinely break the law against parking on sidewalks in all corners of the city, with little or no enforcement by police or the PPA. 

  • An Amazon pickup center at 23th and South is a prime example, where the delivery truck often forces kids, moms pushing strollers, and other neighborhood residents to walk into the traffic flow. 

These pedestrian complaints are justified, city officials told BP investigative reporter Meir Rinde — as they promise to step up the response.

→ Where trucks always block sidewalks

An Amazon truck blocking the sidewalk at the intersection of South Street, 23rd Street, and Grays Ferry Avenue. (Courtesy Doug Reese)

Remembering pioneering Philly politician Crystal Bird Fauset

Pennsylvania generally has a poor track record when it comes to electing women to office. But the state did have one notable first.

  • Early 20th century Philly resident Crystal Bird Fauset was a player in the city’s political scene. She helped get out the vote for Franklin Roosevelt, and rose through the Democratic party ranks. 

In 1938, voters picked Fauset to represent them in Harrisburg, Avi Wolfman-Arent reports, making her the first Black woman elected to a state legislature.

→ Her turn to the Republican party

Crystal Bird Fauset with Eleanor Roosevelt in 1942. (Temple University Archives via Explore History PA)

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Mayor Kenney joins Parks & Rec leaders at City Hall to give an overview of the city’s summer programming for kids and teens, from camps to job opportunities (10:30 a.m.). You can watch the press conference on Facebook


🥃 Philadelphia Theatre Co’s newest show brings the audience into a speakeasy setting for a Philly-based homage to Billie Holiday called “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” Tickets start at $35. (April 6-30)

🏈 Bring the kids to FDR Park for Youth Football Day, where they can meet Eagles players, participate in clinics, get their faces painted and take kayak tours. (10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15)

📖 The Free Library hosts Questlove and S.A. Cosby as part of its author series, in conversation with BlackStar founder Maori Karmael Holmes. Tickets are $26, and are likely to sell out. (3 p.m. Sunday, April 16)