The impending fight over the Republican plan to dramatically revamp the country’s healthcare system by repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has reignited organizers’ interest in Sen. Pat Toomey, a second-term fiscal conservative who’s had a role in drafting the Senate GOP’s version of the healthcare bill. As the vote inches closer, organizers in Philly and beyond are back to the streets and the phone lines and the fax machines. And they’re back to railing against Toomey.
Let’s talk real estate taxes. No really, it’s important. Philly missed out on $13 million last year thanks to a loophole that lets buyers and sellers of commercial real estate avoid the tax. So the sales of The Shops at Schmidts, Two Liberty Place and the Wanamaker Building left millions on the table. As Councilwoman Helen Gym put it, “Investors are motivated and incentivized to maximize profit, even when it’s potentially at the expense of the rest of society.” The good news is, the city’s new rules will take effect July 1. Here’s how that’ll work.
The NBA Awards will be given out tonight and two Sixers are up for the same award. Joel Embiid and Dario Saric have the opportunity to win Rookie of the Year honors tonight, along with Malcolm Brogdon of Milwaukee. Don't be surprised if he wins it, because the two Sixers could split their votes. Way back in February, we broke down which Sixers rook deserved the award. Then Joel Embiid finished the season playing ZERO more games while Saric turned into the go-to guy for the Sixers. Here's what we wrote in late March, and we stand by it heading into tonight: Super Dario should be Rookie of the Year.
Israeli falafel, Turkish falafel, Armenian falafel, Greek falafel, Persian falafel...even Mexican falafel. Philly is truly falafel rich. The latest entry to the fray, Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook's Goldie, is so popular it often has lines out the door. Don't want to wait? Check out our guide of more than 25 other places to get your chickpea fritter fix.
To formally celebrate the move of nationally-renowned South Philly Barbacoa to the El Compadre space on South Ninth Street, Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez are hosting an evening of live music. Musicians will sing, play the tumbadora drums, ring güataca bells and shake chékeres gourds. Everyone is welcome, and asked to wear all white to mark the "New Beginnings" fiesta.
Where: South Philly Barbacoa at 1149 S. 9th St. 19147
When: June 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Have you heard about the newest beer garden, gotten a text about your favorite author speaking at the library or read an article on Philly's latest groundbreaking medical research? That all starts with communications professionals, and we're looking to highlight more of them in the latest installment of our Who's Next series. Every month we honor a group of peer-nominated young professionals in various industries. Now we're looking for the communications, public relations and advertising wizards who keep Philly in the know. Get your nominations in by June 30.
There's a decadent new breakfast dish at Beck's Cajun Cafe in Reading Terminal Market, and chef-owner Bill Beck took us behind the scenes to see how it's made. Check out this recipe, complete with video, for Brioche French Toast Bake, which is kind of like french toast crossed with bread pudding. Then make it yourself or head to RTM to give it a try.