As outrage and disappointment over the April 12 arrests of two black men inside the 18th and Spruce Starbucks continue to swirl, Mayor Jim Kenney wants the world to know that the City of Philadelphia is actively examining the incident, with the goal of enacting policies that prevent anything similar from happening again. In two statements released by the city last week, and again in an op-ed published Monday by PMN, Kenney extrapolated on what actions he and various other officials are taking. Here are four things Philly is doing to address the Starbucks arrests.
At the beginning of April, the city began sending out notices of new property assessments. For many Philadelphians, opening that envelope provided a nice dose of sticker shock. Per a PMN study, the median home value jumped 10.5 percent. But the increases were not universal. Sometimes houses right next to each other received wildly different valuations. That's apparent when you zoom into an interactive map created by web developer Aaron Kreider (and a second map inspired by his). These tools let you explore property assessment changes in Philly at the single-home level — and could be very useful if you plan to file an appeal.
Earlier this month, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley again refused to allow Meek Mill out on bail. But in the five months since his incarceration for probation violation, the Philly rapper hasn't been entirely alone. A steady stream of high-profile supporters have made trips to Chester SCI to see him, including elected officials, sports stars and TV commentators. Here's a list of everyone who's visited Meek in prison, and an update on what to expect next for the case.
Washington D.C.'s cherry blossoms are fading, and the team that won the Super Bowl still hasn't made a congratulatory trip to the White House. Whether the Eagles would agree to visit President Donald Trump was always uncertain, but at least we know now that the team has been officially invited. The New York Times broke the news yesterday that arrangements are underway — "We hope to have something finalized in the next couple of weeks," said Sarah Hucakbee Sanders. In their research, the NYT reporters unearthed a previously secret tape of Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Speaking at a private league meeting last season, Lurie refers to Trump's presidency as "disastrous," then quickly follows up with "Don't quote me."
The Brews & Views rooftop beer garden on top of the Free Library on the Ben Franklin Parkway is back for another season. Expect a full bar with beer, wine and cocktails, plus a menu of snacks. The space is kid-friendly and open to all ages. Registration is in the library's main lobby.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St., 19103
When: April 25, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go