City Council approved the Philadelphia budget Thursday afternoon. Mayor Kenney's proposed property tax hike to fund Philly schools was not part of the package; instead, council approved funding for the district via a slowdown in the wage tax reduction and a boost in the real estate transfer tax. Also yesterday, Council President Darrell Clarke pushed through a new tax on construction designed to raise money for affordable housing. However, the impact tax passed by a razor-thin margin, not enough to override Mayor Kenney's veto, which is expected. (It would be his first.)
In June 2012, Kayuh Bicycles and Cafe at the corner of 19th and Girard in Philly’s Francisville neighborhood, which has become a hot spot for new development. Shops like this are notorious for being gentrifiers — they attract the younger, newer, whiter residents and turn off older neighbors. No so for Kayuh. With a combination of community events, company culture and good coffee, proprietor Izzat Rahaman has welcomed residents both new and old.
Thirty-five years after it opened as one of the Philly-area’s first authentic Japanese restaurants, Hikaru on Second just below South Street is shutting down. Owner Takashi “Stash” Yoshida told Billy Penn he's ready to retire — and noted that it seemed half his regular clientele had already done just that. The space will likely become another restaurant, but Yoshida will be missed.
- At the NBA Draft, the Sixers first picked Villanova alum Mikal Bridges, thrilling the Philly native and his mom. Then they traded him away. The move was emotionally rough, but applauded by analysts.
- 6,019 days after the SRC first convened, it met for the last time.
- Looking for a good summer beer? Here's 21 recommendations from local brewmasters.
- In the New York Times, Malcolm Jenkins and three fellow NFL players penned a response to Trump's request for pardon recommendations.
- The Target at Sixth and Spring Garden will open August 19. There's a job fair going on now.
- Vote in the food truck Final Four here, or do it in person at our courtyard festival in Kensington this Sunday.
Only one thing on Mayor Kenney's sked this summer Friday: tonight at 7 p.m., he'll be at the city's third annual Juneteenth ceremony. The event takes place at the People's Plaza (aka right outside the Liberty Bell).
🚚 BP Event 🌟 We're celebrating the opening of New Liberty Distillery's gorgeous courtyard space in Kensington with an Ultimate Philly Food Truck Celebration. Kid-friendly, pet-friendly, all you can eat. (Sunday, June 24, 1 to 4 p.m.)
🌍 The third annual Juneteenth Parade will feature more than 3,000 marchers on 18 floats celebrating the end of slavery in the U.S. This celebration's gonna be big. (Saturday, June 23, 10:30 a.m.)
🍺 Roy-Pitz opened its Spring Arts brewpub in Philly a year ago, but has been brewing for a decade. A 10-year anniversary celebration brings rare beers, art exhibits and the debut of cans. (Saturday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. to 11: 30 p.m.)
📺 The National Association of Black Journalists is hosting a four-hour, entirely free panel discussion about how to help change the lives and the images of black men in the news and in society. (Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
💵 Attic Brewing Co., the brewery opening in Germantown with a neighborhood crowdfunding model, is hosting a tasting for potential microinvestors. Anyone is welcome to sample and learn more. (Monday, June 25, 5 to 8 p.m.)
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