Police estimate 1,000 people filled Market Street outside the GOP Retreat at the Loews Hotel for a "Queer Rager" dance party last night. Dozens of other protesters rallied there yesterday afternoon, too. Yes, President Donald Trump is about to be here -- he's scheduled to speak at the GOP Retreat at noon -- and it appears many Philadelphians are ready to speak out against him. Find a list of protests here and see details of what the GOP Retreat is here.
Trump gave Philly protesters yet another topic to discuss yesterday when he signed an executive order to withhold federal grants from sanctuary cities. Philly officials had been waiting for such a move against sanctuary cities, as Trump promised a crackdown on sanctuary policies before taking office. The order itself, which began to circulate later in the afternoon, actually details an exception: Sanctuary cities can’t be stripped of federal funding that they are required by law to receive. Either way, Mayor Jim Kenney said, "we have no plans to change our immigration policy at this time.”
After months of controversy and an ongoing preservation battle, we finally have a sense of what the Jewelers Row condo tower will look like. Toll Brothers recently dropped renderings of their proposed 29-story condo project. As you may recall, they initially proposed a 16-story tower, but later requested the added height. This is what the tower would look like, from varying angles.
|What||At this Wash West spot with a menu of global-inspired franks, a special event contrasts the flavors of Iceland with those from India — by way of cocktails, music, movies and food.|
|Where||Destination Dogs at 1111 Walnut St.|
|When||January 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm|
|How much||Pay as you go|
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If you don’t know the SS United States by name, you know it by sight. The ship is so tall it has its own skyline across from IKEA. But will it ever be saved? The SS United States was originally supposed to be in Philadelphia for 21 days, according to media reports from 1996. Days. We are now in the 21st year it has been docked on the Delaware, and there’s seemingly no end in sight. That's probably because there is no end in sight, according to developers who can’t imagine any use that would bring a return on investment for something so large, so old and so expensive.
How heavy is gerrymandering in Pennsylvania? We’re talking about the practice of manipulating district lines when it’s time to reapportion them to favor particular parties or causes. District boundaries in Pennsylvania have seen dramatic shifts in recent years. Per recent research, PA is experiencing enough population loss to drop a congressional district (and therefore an electoral vote) come 2020. That’s already drawing concerns for the next reapportionment. So how gerrymandered are we? Use our interactive tools and see for yourself.