A Monday night tweet from Councilwoman Helen Gym restarted a movement to have the Frank Rizzo statue removed. She told Billy Penn she wants to initiate community discussions about the possibility of removing the Rizzo statue when City Council is back in session next month. Controversy over the statue is nothing new, but this time it could be serious. Even the mayor agrees Philadelphia needs to hold discussions over its future now.
If you were planning to head to the Comcast Center plaza for Sips tonight — or trying to figure out a way to avoid it as you make your way home from work — think again. The outdoor bar run by Chops steakhouse is done with the Wednesday happy hour promotion for the season. The move, which was mandated by landlord Liberty Property Trust, comes on the heels of July's viral video bar fight there. But it also has to do with a separate issue: Too many underage patrons.
Fewer entrepreneurs, a major downturn in immigration from Latin American countries, a dwindling number of refugees. These are among the ways Philadelphia has changed and could continue to change because of President Donald Trump's immigration plans. Philly could even see its growing population start declining again. Here's why.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup is likely coming to North America, with the United States, Mexico and Canada co-hosting. The bid committee released Tuesday a list of 44 possible host cities and Philly is on it. The final bid will include 20-25 possibilities, and Philly will certainly make that cut as well, but only about 12 will get picked as host cities, and of that probably just eight or nine in the United States. We've hosted a ton of big soccer events here in the last few years, but does Philly deserve a World Cup? We take a look at the contenders.
Henry's Hard Sparkling is the newest line of boozy soda to hit the Philly market. The brand is hosting a complimentary yoga class to introduce itself to the city, and it'll be followed by free post-workout food, plus of course tastes of the sparkling drink itself. Pre-registration required.
Where: Power Plant Productions, Suite 3a at 230 N. 2nd St. 19106
When: August 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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We get that you love Carson Wentz and think Alshon Jeffery is going to be a top-10 receiver. Hey, we said ourselves that LeGarrette Blount might be a Super Bowl-caliber difference maker. But don't go drafting any of them in the first few rounds of your fantasy draft. We took the time — seriously, hours — to run down the fantasy rankings for each player on the Eagles to determine when (or if) you should draft him. Want to win your fantasy football league? Don't be a homer and take the Eagles too early.
Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild will rally tonight in support of the victims of the weekend's white supremacist actions in Charlottesville. More than 1,200 people have said on Facebook as of this morning they plan to attend the event at Congregation Rodeph Shalom at 615 N. Broad St. Several groups are participating in the Unmasking White Supremacy in Philadelphia event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.