Street harassment is a common experience for women in Philadelphia. Just trying to commute to work or walk to school or run back home can be a challenge. It’s a pattern: Walk, get catcalled, feel uncomfortable, repeat. Some women say they’re subjected to a near-daily barrage of crude commentary from men on the street about their appearance. At best, it makes them feel annoyed. At worst, it makes them feel unsafe. The problem is: Police can't track it. Read more about how street harassment and catcalling impacts women in Philly, and what can (and can't) be done about it.
Philly cab rides are about to get more expensive. The Philadelphia Parking Authority board recently approved a petition to increase the metered rate from 23 cents to 25 cents, with the change taking effect Sept. 1. The move was made to increase pay for struggling drivers, but some taxi industry workers worry the hike could put the industry at a further disadvantage to Lyft and Uber. See why they think the PPA messed up by not enacting the rate change earlier.
The Eagles had an off day from training camp Monday after practicing Sunday in front of 23,000 fans at the Linc. One thing those in attendance got to see? How the running game will be revamped this season with LeGarrette Blount carrying the load. But as head coach Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Frank Reich explained this weekend, Blount may be just as helpful in the passing game as he will be on short-yardage runs. We took a look how, and ran the numbers from last season to see just how Blount has already improved the offense.
Pop quiz: What costs more: A year's salary for Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, or his ongoing court battle with developer Ori Feibush? Taxpayers are footing the bill for both, but the court case cost $130,000 and Feibush has filed a new lawsuit. The fight started more than a year ago when Feibush couldn't buy city-owned land. He says Johnson used councilmanic prerogative to block the sale, citing, among other things, his challenge to Johnson's Council seat. Here's the latest.
These days, some of the best brown spirits in the world are coming out of Japan. Grey Lodge chef Charles Platel was inspired by them to create a series of special pairings, available one night only. Stop in to try toro with Toki ($17), shaved kobe with Yamazaki ($24), pork belly and scallops with Hibiki 12-year ($26) and other great deals on whiskey + food.
Where: Grey Lodge Pub at 6235 Frankford Ave. 19135
When: August 2, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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Tiffianie Standard's tech startup is connecting communities with funding. Alex Peay's new organization is helping people who dropped out of high school find their paths through civic engagement. They're among the changemakers on Generocity's list of people of color shaping Philly's social impact scene. You might remember Jasmine Sessoms; she made our Who's Next: Community 2016 list for the work she's doing to prep women for political leadership. She's still at it and ready to put a woman in the governor's office. Check out the full list here.
A bill that just passed the Pennsylvania Senate would finally allow state residents to buy fireworks here. Consumer-grade stuff, not just little things like this. Current laws only allow out-of-state residents to purchase fireworks in PA (yes, really), so this bill signals a huge change. Why? $3 million, that's why. Get details here on the Senate's revenue-friendly fireworks bill.