This time of year is notorious for potholes, and there seems to be even more of them in the city than usual. If you’re ready to take drastic measures to get them filled, you’re not alone. A pothole on Fifth Street between Thompson and Master plagued residents for six months — before someone called it out with giant profane graffiti last week. Perhaps not so coincidentally, two or three days later, a Philadelphia Gas Works crew arrived on the scene to fill the offending hole.
Yesterday, volunteers gathered in the basement of the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice to watch bail hearings up close. Although there's been a push to end or greatly reduce cash bail in Philly, reforms are slow to be implemented. That's why advocates formed the Philadelphia Bail Watch, a new project that will organize and train people to monitor the final steps in the bail assignment process. Here's how the program will work.
In a Friday night news dump of sorts, the Mayor's Office released the figures showing how much it cost for the city to host the Eagles parade. Total tab for the glorious day: $2.27 million. Of that, most was spent on police overtime. Philly's getting some help paying off the tab: the state will kick in $500,000, and the Eagles themselves will put in $273,000, enough to cover the damage to Von Colln Athletic Field on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Regarding the overall cost: Mayor Kenney estimated that the two NFL Playoff games held in Philly generated about $2.3 million extra in wage and parking taxes.
Depending who you ask, the giant, hulking Frankford Chocolate Factory is either the impediment to the revitalization of West Washington Avenue or an important historical structure worthy of preservation. Officially, the building has been cleared for demolition, with the caveat that the historic smokestack be preserved. For WHYY, reporter Jake Blumgart checks in with developer Ori Feibush to find out what he plans for the space, and with nearby residents to find out what they think the changes will mean for the neighborhood.
On the Calendar
Over the past two semesters, a group of undergraduate students have explored Penn’s history of complicity in slavery and the slave trade, complining info from the University Archives and archives throughout the city. They will present their recent finding and lay out plans for the future of the project. Snacks will be provided.
Where: Penn History Department at 208 College Hall, 19104
When: April 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free
Tibetan artist and Buddhist meditation teacher Losang Samten returns to Philly for his annual residency, during which he'll create an image of the universe out of colored sand. This year's project is the "Mandala of Compassion."
Where: Philadelphia Folklore Project at 735 S. 50th St., 19143
When: April 24, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The Brews & Views rooftop beer garden on top of the Free Library on the Ben Franklin Parkway is back for another season. Expect a full bar with beer, wine and cocktails, plus a menu of snacks. The space is kid-friendly and open to all ages. Registration is in the library's main lobby.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St., 19103
When: April 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Billy Penn's 2018 Who's Next:Public Service class, presented by the Fels Institute of Government, is full of impressive young innovators who dedicate their time and energy to improving our city. So of course we're throwing a party to celebrate and honor them. Join us for an evening of great food and drink, complemented by smart conversation.
Where: Convene at CityView at 30 S. 17th St., 13th Fl., 19103
When: April 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $20
The eighth annual Philly Tech Week starts with an outdoor bazaar featuring the best in locally built video games and apps. Grab a bite to eat or a drink from the shops in the plaza and play with some locally built tech.
Where: The Schmidt's Commons at 1001 N. 2nd St., 19123
When: April 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free