The analysts at the Pew Charitable Trusts released their 2018 State of the City report for Philadelphia this week, and the indicators are mixed. On the positive side, unemployment is down and jobs are up to their highest figures since 1991. Population is growing (though more slowly than earlier in the decade) and home sales continue to rise. But on the downside, so do overdoses and murders — the city's homicide rate is lower than most of the past 50 years, but it's up compared to 2012. And then poverty. Nearly half the city's 400,000 poor residents live in deep poverty, which means Philly still carries the unfortunate title of the poorest big city in America.
Just one week after Philly first announced it would actively encourage a comprehensive user engagement site, Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro voiced his opinion on the topic. He told Praise 107.9 radio show host Solomon Jones he didn’t think there was "clear evidence" that safe-injection sites offer "some benefit to those facing addiction." With all the research being done around the opioid crisis, is that really the case? As PolitiFact's Pennsylvania partner, we fact-checked the AG's claim.
There’s an unusual source for great coffee hiding on Spring Garden a couple blocks west of Broad: a taco shop. Heffe Tacos opened its second outpost a couple weeks ago, and in addition to an expanded regular lunch and dinner menu — designed by chef Peter McAndrews, who’s a partner in the business — the new spot has added a whole slate of breakfast offerings. And with that comes coffee. Really good coffee, made from organic Mexican beans roasted to order and branded specially for Heffe. It's available in cup or by the bag. If you go, don't miss the "kraken" fried octopus tacos or the crispy, crackling-with-sugar churros.
The Phillies won their home opener Thursday, beating the Marlins 5-0, but all the headlines this morning aren't about the game. Instead, the stories are about the fans — and how Philly proved it's as salty as ever by booing manager Gabe Kapler multiple times at Citizens Bank Park yesterday. There was plenty of fun in the parking lot beforehand, though. We've got a quick collection of pics from the Phillies tailgate, which included a giant ferris wheel, a fundraiser concert and a man who's ridden his tiny bike every Opening Day since 2006.
The annual Philly Pillow Phight (sorry, that's the official name) is back for a fourth year. Bring a pillow and have at it, then leave the pillow behind as a donation to people in need (Got Laundry will clean them first). We were at the fight last year — here's why it happens and what it looks like.
Where: Washington Square at 210 W. Washington Sq., 19106
When: April 7, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free