Mayor Kenney's proposed budget includes a boost in the property tax rate, but there's also a proposed increase in the homestead exemption, so many homeowners could see their taxes go down. The city released an online web app that lets you calculate what would happen for any specific address. If your property is valued around $400,000 or less, you're likely to see a decrease. The confusion is compounded by the way Philly does assessments. Uncertainty surrounding when a property will be revalued is spooking developers and investors, business leaders told PlanPhilly, and softening an already-tenuous office leasing market.
Philly experimental music presenters behind the group Bowerbird found Mauricio Kagel’s Zwei Mann Orchester ("Two Man Orchestra") sitting in a library at Penn, and took it upon themselves to resurrect the room-size work. The result, which looks like Dr. Seuss went shopping at Philly AIDS Thrift and spent a night with Rube Goldberg, can actually make music. It's currently on display as part of a show called "Sound Machines" at Drexel's Pearlstein Gallery. Seated tickets to performances are sold out, but standing room is still available, and you can go see the absurdist contraption at rest anytime now through May 31.
Councilman Derek Green last month proposed a change to Philly drug policy: he wants to stop testing people on parole for pot use. The shift, he believes, could reduce the prison population and open up more treatment beds for people with addiction. It could also make a dent in the number of Philadelphians experiencing poverty. The catch is that even if City Council approves it, the new policy would likely have to be implemented at the state level — which is a whole different battle. Green appears ready to call out Pa. government, however. This morning he's hosting a press conference with state Rep. Jordan Harris to demand that in this upcoming next round of permitting, Philly be awarded at least one indoor marijuana farm.
Rowhome windows are an unusual space. They open into intensely private areas, but are at heart public — a place to show off pride, political support, fandom, heritage and general creativity. For Hidden City, South Philly resident Mabel Rosenheck takes a deep dive into the world of South Philly window displays. She tracks changes as the holidays slide by, elaborate arrangements that had to take ohsomuch effort, and tiny tweaks that make all the difference. Nice set of photos to go with the story, too.
The second annual fundraiser for the local ACLU chapter isn't getting as much attention as it did last year, but the legal action it benefits continues apace. At the party, expect tunes from Brazilian funk band Philly Bloco and DJ Beer Lass Suzy Woods, plus food, drinks and a silent auction. And lots of dancing.
Where: World Cafe Live at 3025 Walnut St., 19104
When: May 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $15 in advance, $20 at the door