In the midst of Philadelphia’s affordable housing crisis, there’s a set of apartments spread across the city where some tenants pay just $95 per month. And most residents who start living there often see their income double within four years. Where do these seemingly magic properties come from? Founded 30 years ago, the Women’s Community Revitalization Project is an affordable housing development that offers various services to residents — and it’s expanding.
Late last week, indoor seating was removed from the flagship Wawa store. Also last week, there were two stabbings at the same location — one outside the store, and another inside. Related? Employees at Wawa on Tuesday afternoon had heard they were. But reps from Wawa corporate said the chairs were removed because they were causing congestion in the store. Regardless, the change is notable, since seating has recently become a cornerstone of Wawa’s plans for the future.
An 18-year-old woman who attempted to burn a “thin blue line” flag at Philly’s Pride Parade was released from custody after spending nearly 30 hours behind bars. ReeAnna Segin, who identifies as female, was held in a male correctional facility. Her supporters, including the Philadelphia LGBT Affairs Director Amber Hikes, the Philly Socialists and the Philly for REAL Justice coalition, helped raise money for her bail, and to assist with housing — word is she was living with her parents and may get kicked out.
- For 13 years, this Philadelphia student never missed a day of school. Now, he's asking for help, crowdfunding $25k for a culinary education.
- Watch out if you've got park-going plans: all the recent rain means extra poison ivy.
- Philly has the "worst" accounting practices of the 10 largest U.S. municipalities, per a new city controller audit.
- The floating balls below the Schuylkill Boardwalk are an art installation, who knew.
- Council wants to use money saved from prison closings to fund schools. Others warn that could derail criminal justice reform efforts.
- Reminder to tag your Instagram pics #BillyPennGram — especially the quirky, unique, interesting ones that tell a story about our city.
The Mural Arts Guild is a paid reentry apprenticeship program, and Mayor Kenney will recognize this year's class of graduates at City Hall (10 a.m.). At noon, he'll attend the ribbon-cutting for Centennial Commons, a refinished space on Parkside Avenue in Fairmount Park. The afternoon brings a showing at the Take Action Philly convening on immigration (4 p.m.) and the annual Delaware River Waterfront Promenade fundraising gala (6 p.m.). Day wraps up with a talk at CCP's signature fundraiser, the Black & Gold Award Gala (7 p.m.).
🥕 A new weekly farmers market kicks off in Germantown as a collab between The Food Trust, Germantown United CDC and Weavers Way. (Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m).
🌳 To celebrate The Rail Park's official opening, The Trestle Inn is throwing a "Rails, Ales and Tails" party with whiskey specials other deals that benefit animal rescue nonprofits. (Thursday, June 14, 5 to 9 p.m.)
🔍 Retro night at the South Street Cinema pop-up theater brings a Harrison Ford-Sean Connery classic: Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade. Admission is just $5, and includes popcorn. (Friday, June 15, 7 p.m.)
📖 The Rosenbach's annual Bloomsday celebration of James Joyce and his epic Ulysses is expanding its all-day reading with a beer garden along Delancey Street. (Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
🌻 Register in advance for a seat at Greensgrow's flower pressing workshop. All supplies you need for greeting cards and more are included in the $35 price. (Saturday, June 16, noon to 2 p.m.)
🥩 Win the summer grilling season at Billy Penn's next cooking demo, featuring chef Trevor Budny and East Passyunk butcher shop Primal Meats. Tix are $15. (Tuesday, June 19, 6 p.m.)
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