Thanks in part to increased media attention, the City of Philadelphia is making some changes regarding how it treats people found at notorious heroin sites. For example, today is the first day for a new intake trailer near Gurney Street that will offer treatment options to anyone willing to accept them. But what if sweeping changes were made 20 years ago — would we still be facing this crisis today? That's what photojournalist Jim MacMillan wonders in text accompanying his Philly.com photo essay of images from 1995, which show eerily similar scenes of addiction and neglect.
Talk to restaurant owners anywhere, and you'll hear the same lament: Finding and keeping quality staff is one of the toughest parts. A new app aims to help. Jobletics, a Somerville, Mass., company that's been called "the Uber of restaurant staffing," is launching Monday in Philly. It's only the second market for the platform, which offers workers the safety net of W-2 paychecks while offering employers the flexibility of an on-demand labor force. The company has seen great success over two years in Boston — can it work here, too?
Cheap pizza, yachting on the Delaware and more mojitos than you can shake a mint sprig at: This is what awaits thrifty Groupon shoppers in Philly this weekend. Sure, there's a lot of crap on the discount service, but we've sorted through everything local and sussed out the best options. If your cash is waning as fast as the month is, these are the deals to jump on now.
"Now you're scaring me." So said a woman who just found out she'd left her car on the block that holds the dubious honor of being the most-ticketed spot in all Philadelphia. We camped out there for a bit to find out if drivers knew what they were getting into. Watch the video and check out more of the city's never-ending automobile shenanigans in This Week in Parking.
On the Calendar
On the last day of National Hot Dog Month, this Reading Terminal Market stand is offering a buy one, get one free special on its classic crispy-coated franks. This deal isn't just for meat-eaters, either — the dogs are available in pork+beef, all beef, turkey or vegan form, and usually cost $5 each.
Where: Fox & Son Fancy Corndogs at Avenues C & 4 at RTM, 51 N. 12th St. 19107
When: July 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Berks County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey K. Sprecher is author of "Justice or Just This?", which calls for the end of both the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission and mandatory sentences in general. He'll talk about why he reached that conclusion and how mandatory minimums have resulted in a dramatic increase in prisoners, a prison construction boom, and increasing costs for taxpayers.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary at 2027 Fairmount Ave. 19130
When: August 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
These days, some of the best brown spirits in the world are coming out of Japan. Grey Lodge chef Charles Platel was inspired by them to create a series of special pairings, available one night only. Stop in to try toro with Toki ($17), shaved kobe with Yamazaki ($24), pork belly and scallops with Hibiki 12-year ($26) and other great deals on whiskey + food.
Where: Grey Lodge Pub at 6235 Frankford Ave. 19135
When: August 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
"Whose Streets?" is a look at the tensions, motives, actions and aftermath of what happened in Missouri two years ago when Michael Brown was shot and killed by police. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis see their movie as a battle cry for activism and justice.
Where: Lightbox Film Center at 3701 Chestnut St. 19104
When: August 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: $12 / $8 students and seniors
Relive a childhood favorite or introduce it to the next generation at the first of a monthlong series of Friday night movies in this West Philly park. Bring your own chairs and blankets; food and drink available from a rotating list of vendors — this week, Pop Shop and Little Sicilian. Arrive early to decorate alien masks at a table with the University City Arts League.
Where: Clark Park at 43rd St. & Baltimore Ave. 19104
When: August 4, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free