CNN wrote about it. Politico wrote about it. NYT wrote about it. The new congressional district map handed down by the PA Supreme Court yesterday is national news. The restructuring, done after the old map was declared unconstitutional because of gerrymandered districts that snaked across counties, is seen as a boon to Democrats in their bid for more U.S. House seats. The state GOP isn't satisfied with the map, of course. It does contain big changes for the Philly area, especially the suburbs. Here's a zoomable version so you can see which new district you'll be in — if the map stands.
A group of recent grads from the Penn midwifery-nursing program are donating part of their salaries to fund a scholarship for future midwives of color. The crowdfunding campaign came about when the alums looked at their class of 22, and realized only two of them were not Caucasian. Use of a midwife is way up lately, but the field is still 95 percent white. And, considering the high maternal mortality rate among black Americans, this can sometimes be a matter of life and death. Said the organizer of the effort: “When a provider looks like the patient, there’s better outcomes.”
The latest news on the big fire in Old City last weekend is that one of the buildings, 239 Chestnut St., has been declared "imminently dangerous" by L&I. It will eventually have to be demolished. That doesn't do anything for the former residents who lost everything when it went up in flames — but a couple of GoFundMe campaigns can help. One, set up for artist and cat-rescuer Al Gury, topped $20k after just 24 hours, spurred on by his friends in the pet adoption community (it's now at $30k). Another, for Phil Weber, a neighbor and friend of Al's, is still sitting around $2,500.
There's no shortage of car owners griping about traffic in Philadelphia. The whiny attitude toward in-city transit — All the bike lanes and pedestrians and construction and deliveries to thriving businesses are inconveniencing meeee! — was expounded upon recently by the editor of Philly Mag. One solution other cities have looked at is congestion pricing, i.e. charging motorists a fee to drive downtown. NYC looks like it might be close to actually enacting it, notes Curbed. In Philly, it hasn't really been discussed. Is it time?
Dirty Franks bartender and founder of Sunshine Arts Center Sheila Modglin was nearly killed after a motorist slammed into her the night of the Eagles parade. The Modglin family is raising money to help pay for medical bills, and Sheila's many friends are kicking in with fundraisers like this one. Kevin Sweeney and Jordan Stalsworth of Amis will be cooking up sliders all night "in da cart" at Garage, and 100 percent of proceeds go to Sheila's recovery. There will also be raffles with prizes to raise money for the cause.
Where: Garage Passyunk at 1231 E. Passyunk Ave. 19147
When: February 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go