The Point Breeze Pop-Up has won the latest round in its legal battle with the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections. It started back in June 2015, when L&I slapped a cease and desist order on the temporary outdoor beer garden at the corner of Tasker and Point Breeze Ave, claiming it lacked proper zoning — it was operating in an area zoned high-density residential. A few days later, a Philly Municipal Court judge found the cease order violated owner John Longacre’s right to due process. The city appealed that ruling, kicking off a few more ups and downs, but eventually the beer garden reopened, and even came back for a second summer. The whole time, though, the matter was pending in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. And late yesterday, more than 16 months later, that court made a decision.
Hate crimes aren't new in Philly, but the rash of hate crimes since the election has become more prevalent, and has been far more widely reported. A black student at Villanova refusing to press charges against a group of white men who knocked her over, yelling "Trump Trump Trump" is front-page news. (The school said it is still investigating the incident). In Philly, top law enforcement officers promise they’re continuing to work to “vigorously” prosecute hate crimes during “this time of collective unrest.” In a joint statement released via the mayor’s office Monday, District Attorney R. Seth Williams, City Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante and Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the District Attorney has “specially assigned a dedicated Assistant District Attorney in each of the six geographic zones that make up the DA’s office” to prosecute hate crimes. Read the full statement here.
A lot happened in Sixerland on Monday, most notably Brett Brown’s troops won a game, again, beating the Miami Heat 101-94 at the Wells Fargo Center. The win marked the fourth-straight victory at home for the Sixers and the first time the franchise has won back-to-back games since March 18 and 20, 2015 — a span of 107 games over three seasons. But there's more news! Nerlens Noel might be back soon too. Only, Brown has no idea where his minutes will come. Our Sixers Big Man Tracker has been following this all season. See how the Sixers bigs stack up on a team that's finally getting good.
Mixology Mixer, a battle of local bartenders at The Market and Shops at the Comcast Center, tonight from 5-7pm.
Where: The Market & Shops at Comcast Center at 1701 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
When: November 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Billy Penn Likes
True to their word so far, the Equality Coalition organized more post-election protests in Philadelphia over the weekend. The plan is to keep the daily demonstrations going through President-elect Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration. Though the organization has said its protests are necessarily anti-Trump, the description of Sunday’s “I AM Muslim” demonstration took aim at the president-elect’s calls for a government registry to monitor and track Muslims. The group met at the Rizzo statue at 7 p.m. and marched up Broad Street. Here are some street-level photos from inside the protest.
Mara Wilson, former child actress (who played Matilda) and book author was in Philly, and she wasn't happy about it. Wilson tweeted "Has anyone told Philly people they don't HAVE to be assholes" on Monday and, predictably, the response from Philly people wasn't kind. Here are Wilson's anti-Philly thoughts and some of the best replies, including a cameo from Danny DeVito.