A crowd half a million strong is expected to show up in Washington D.C. for the March 24 rally against gun violence organized by the student survivors of the Parkland mass shooting. Sister events have been set up in more than 70 cities and towns across the nation — including in Philadelphia. Final details are still being determined, but the basics are in place, and fundraising has begun. Here's what we know so far about Philly's "March for Our Lives."
Alex is a worker in food service and construction who moved to Philly in 2010. He noticed the city's huge development boom — but became frustrated no one was documenting all the change as it happened. “There’s really no collective effort to see the changes,” he told Billy Penn. “We’re losing history.” So he decided to do it himself. He started an Instagram account, @phillyrises, dedicated to showing the rapid construction happening all across Philly.
On Friday, the Mayor's Office officially issued approval of three new "Complete Streets" projects City Council approved this month. They're designed to increase safety for all — pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. The first will happen along Race Street near Franklin Square, which will get a protected bike lane between Eighth and Sixth. The second will provide a new Pennypack trail crossing on Torresdale Avenue, plus a new two-way bike lane along some 800 feet there. The third will happen near PHL Airport at Island and Enterprise Avenues, which will also get a bike lane plus some badly-needed shoulder space.
- Should be a tasty week ahead for Danya, who'll be joining Good Day Philadelphia Fox29 host Mike Jerrick as a judge at the annual John DeBella Comfort Food Fest at Punch Line Philly on Wednesday.
- Michaela's looking forward to digging into the issue of criminal record expungement; that same night, she'll be attending a session on how those with smaller blemishes in their files — summary convictions, nonconviction charges or minor misdemeanors — can work to clear their names, and why it can make a huge difference.
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If you're looking to purchase your first home, you're likely full of questions. Realtors and industry experts will offer tips on budgeting, comparing financing options, identifying good deals, choosing a neighborhood and more.
Where: Keller Williams at 728 S. Broad St., 19146
When: February 27, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP