In North Philadelphia households where parents work more than 20 hours per week, childhood hunger has tripled in the last decade. The rate of food insecurity in these neighborhoods is 9.7 percent — more than the national average of 8.8 percent. Kids are eating plain soup for dinner and milk-less cereal for breakfast. Parents often don't eat at all. Check out details on the research and why people like Mariana Chilton say raising the minimum wage is a must.
Ben Carson, former GOP candidate and Donald Trump's Housing and Urban Development Secretary, visited Vaux Big Picture High School Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the reopening of the Sharswood public school at 23rd and Master. Vaux reopened this fall rejuvenated by $15 million from the Philadelphia Housing Authority. But a block away, protests of Carson's proposed budget cuts to public housing took place. “Today we’re here to show Ben Carson how important that affordable houses are,” said one protester. “We’re all out here today because gentrification is knocking on our door."
Of more than 800 churches in Philadelphia, roughly 70 are vacant. Another 30 aren't fully used. A topic not often discussed during the many conversations about the city's changing demographics (and real estate landscape) is the effect on places of worship. Check out NewsWorks' recent report, which includes several churches up for sale.
It seems odd to be asking if the Eagles are the best team in the division after losing to Kansas City Sunday, but that was a good loss, if there is such a thing, while the Giants and Cowboys are a mess right now. The Eagles already beat Washington, so it's worth asking the question, albeit two weeks into the NFL season. We have some other, more important questions heading into the home opener this Sunday, like 'who is the starting running back' and 'is the offense too predictable?' Those questions, and our answers, in a look at Week 3 here.
The monthly pop-up bar at the One Liberty Observation Deck high above Center City is making a return for fall. This season the folks behind Craft Concepts Group (Bru, Cinder, U-bahn, etc.) are running the show, so expect some great beers and drinks made with Stateside Vodka. Light food also available, and a DJ will spin. Door tickets sold in advance.
Where: One Liberty Observation Deck at 1650 Market St. 19103
When: September 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $10 admission
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Speaking of the Eagles, defensive end Chris Long is a Charlottesville, Virginia native, and has been speaking out against white supremacy since last month's riots in his hometown. Now he's putting his money where his mouth is. Long will donate paychecks from his first six games to fund scholarships for students in Charlottesville. Based on his contract, that could be close to $700,000.
This one goes out to all the women who've ever wanted to tell a creep to shut up. Amber Wanner, the 26-year-old CEO of the Philly tech company CandiDate, shared some words of wisdom after a potential job candidate responded to her message on LinkedIn in part with, "Cute, but not worth spending the time." Oh. Hell. No. Wanner, an actual professional, had the perfect response.