We hinted at this the other day, but then called around to find out more details. It's true: Over the course of this year, SEPTA officials are considering adapting the SEPTA Key so it can be used at PPA meters and kiosks. The idea — first pitched a few weeks ago in a joint meeting of the two transit authorities — is still in its early stages, and there’s no guarantee it’ll be implemented. But once SEPTA finishes Regional Rail implementation later this year, officials say they’ll seriously discuss it.
Mayor Jim Kenney gives his annual budget address to City Council today, and one of the largest proposals he'll put forth has been leaked to press. As reported by PMN and NBC 10, Kenney will propose raising property taxes by 6 percent in order to solve the huge deficit facing Philly schools. If approved, the plan would not only make the School District solvent by 2024, per the Mayor's Office, it would also reduce reliance on capricious state funding. What would the hike mean? NBC 10 ran some numbers: If your house is valued at $113,000, your tax bill would rise $95.
Rachelle and her two kids came to the U.S. after the devastating 2010 Haitian earthquake. They made a life in Philadelphia, with Rachelle becoming a licensed nursing assistant and the kids excelling at school. In November, the Department of Homeland Security ended Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, meaning Rachelle and 46,000 of her compatriots in the U.S. face sudden deportation. Now, with the 17 year old in high school and the 19 year old in college, the family is facing a tough deadline: if they can't get a green card before next July — not likely, in this political climate — they'll be forced to leave the country.
ESPN has teamed up with LISC (the Local Initiatives Support Corporation) to create a new grant program called RePlay. Its sole purpose is to reclaim vacant spaces and turn them into recreational centers in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods in Philly, Los Angeles and Baltimore. Under Armour is the financing behind the program, which has the tagline "Giving communities safe spaces to play." Community-based organizations that have been around three years or more are encouraged to apply — proposals are due May 15.
- After the MGK Comfort Food Fest last night, where Danya loved Revolution Taco's winning "french onion soup empanadas" and also the "bing grilled cheese" from Cheu Fishtown (and had fun teasing Fox 29's Mike Jerrick), she wandered around the corner from Punch Line Philly and discovered the new Goose Island brewpub was up and running. The Chicago-based brewery is owned by AB InBev, the Brazillian-based megacorporation behind Budweiser. The Fishtown spot is a substantial operation, per Michael Klein, with brewing equipment right out on display and 20 beers on tap.
- Tonight we're looking forward to attending HerStory Happy Hour at the Pen & Pencil. Hosted by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown as a kick-off to Women's History Month, the event will feature three women journalist speakers: Sofiya Ballin, Monica Malpass and Catherine Hicks. Registration is free.
OG coworking firm Indy Hall is turning First Fridays into a day of free access to its Market Street space. Come through to check it out or work next to friends who are members there, then head out after work to check out the galleries and art openings taking place throughout the neighborhood.
Where: Indy Hall at 399 Market St., 19106
When: March 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free