After the Eagles won the Super Bowl, much of the city was in a celebratory mood. But some people were not. Count among that second group the relatives and loved ones of the six people reportedly shot — and one killed — over the course of that very night. Gun violence is something Philly native Davida Garner knows first hand: her cousin was murdred in his grandmother's home last July, and the case is still unresolved. Instead of mourn silently, Garner decided to take action. She founded the group Erase the Rate, which is hosting its first big event, a public walk to raise awareness, this Saturday.
Nick Foles started his week going to Disney World. Carson Wentz started it by getting engaged. The week will only get better for both, as they float down Broad Street together on Thursday. But the question many around the country are asking — after Foles won the Super Bowl MVP — is if there might be a quarterback controversy next year. Short answer: No. This is Carson Wentz's team. However, he is hurt, and the Eagles don't know exactly when he'll be back. Plus, after next season he's going to get a pay raise. So there's more to consider if the Eagles want to get back to the Super Bowl. We took a look at the Foles vs. Wentz question, and what that means for the rest of the team.
The mural took Philly by storm. Maybe it was the fierceness of the bald eagle. Maybe it was the pathetic droop of the Patriot player wearing No. 12 in its talons — a bold prediction, considering the image was painted on the outside of a Bella Vista studio nearly a week before the game. But now, after the Eagles win, artist Meg Saligman's "BIRD FEED" mural looks prescient. And her studio wants to make it a permanent tribute to our city's first Super Bowl champions. Here's details on the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to make it happen.
On Tuesday, Mayor Kenney announced a new city program designed to get unemployed or underemployed residents back to work. The workforce development initiative, called "Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine," includes training, education and mentorship to prepare people for what are being referred to as "middle-skills" jobs — i.e. positions that require some level of training but not a bachelor's degree. This year, the city is dedicating $9 million to the program, and expects that number to rise. The launch dovetails with a similar statewide effort introduced this week by Gov. Tom Wolf.
The City of Philadelphia is basically shutting down for this, so if you were planning on attending some other event, definitely check the status. As far as the Eagles Super Bowl victory parade goes, we've got all the details here — updated with food and drinks deals and more closings. Suffice it to say: with more than a million (or two) expected to come out, there's no doubt this will be EPIC.
Where: Philadelphia, baby, at Broad & Pattison to the Art Museum
When: February 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free (not counting decades of nonchampionship angst)