Even before Mayor Kenney's proposed 4.1 percent property tax rate hike has a chance to be applied, most Philadelphians will see higher tax bills this year, an analysis by the PMN newsroom found. Per that report, 48 of 57 Philly neighborhoods saw increases. The average tax bill will be just $165 higher, the study found, but some homeowners will experience much bigger jumps if their property was recently reassessed. People who think their property has been assessed incorrectly can appeal to the city.
Don't look now, but all the Philly sports teams are on an upswing. Even the Phillies, whose mediocre start got a splashy boost yesterday as the team put up 20 runs, powered by two grand slams. But Saturday was more important for the Flyers, with Giroux posting his 100th point of the season — something he's never done before — and helping clinch a playoff spot. First-round matchups have the Flyers playing none other than our cross-state rivals (and, gulp, defending two-time Stanley Cup champions), the Pittsburgh Penguins. Yinz ready for us?
The food truck scene in Philadelphia has become so successful that several vendors have made the leap and opened storefronts. It's not always easier to operate a brick-and-mortar spot, but it's usually rewarding. For Billy Penn, writer J-B Hyppolite caught up with the entrepreneurs behind four of Philly’s successful truck-to-restaurant translations, to hear more about their path from transience to permanent fixture in the city’s food landscape.
Things are looking up for Philly's soul food scene. Foobooz has the news that Robert and Ben Bynum are bringing their healthy Southern food cafe Green Soul to North Broad Street. When it opens in the former home of Alla Spina, located behind the Bynums' jazz bar, South, this outpost will serve the grab-and-go dishes at the original Green Soul in Chestnut Hill, plus composed entrees. In related news, the Bynums' have also divested from Paris Bistro. They still own and operate Relish, the West Oak Lane brunch specialist known as Democrats' go-to political hangout.
On the Calendar
Author Kushanava Choudhury will read from and talk about her novel, The Epic City, which was shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year. It follows the course of man who grew up in New Jersey, then moved back to Calcutta, where he was born.
Where: Penn Book Center at 130 S. 34th St., 19104
When: April 9, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Publican Tom Peters is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his world renowned beer emporium in Center City with a very special beer. Peters traveled to Belgium to collaborate with Brasserie de la Senne on a wild-fermented double saison. Dubbed "Major Tom," the beer will be available exclusively at Monk's now through June, and will then be distributed nationwide.
Where: Monk's Cafe at 264 S. 16th St., 19102
When: April 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
AL DÍA News is hosting a forum with the five Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor. Confirmed to attend are current Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and challengers John Fetterman, Kathi Cozzone, Ray Sosa and Nina Ahmad.
Where: Kiva Auditorium at Temple at N. 13th St. & Cecil B. Moore Ave., 19122
When: April 11, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Artists from VURT Creative, the team behind the Philly Trash Panda and Token Squirrel "Philly Critters murals," will offer a session for kids to learn wildlife painting in West Philly. Ages 6-12.
Where: Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center at 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy.
When: April 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free