One team's trash is another team's Super Bowl roster. The Eagles have three players on their roster who used to be Patriots, while the Pats have four former Eagles on theirs. Both teams have built their rosters mostly through good drafting, smart free agent contracts and really well-managed trades. Bill Belichick has created the gold standard of NFL franchises in New England, but as you take a closer look at how Howie Roseman has rebuilt the Eagles into perennial contenders, it looks really similar. Here's how the Eagles have built their title hopes on doing things the Patriot way.
Six weeks after Mexican native Carmela Hernandez began living in a North Philly church offering sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, she made the bold decision to send her four kids to school. The move was highly publicized and cheered by immigrants' rights activists, including leaders of the New Sanctuary Movement and Councilwoman Helen Gym, but it comes with the danger that ICE agents will target the children for deportation while traveling to or from class. Philadelphia School Superintendent Dr. William Hite was aware of the act, saying in a statement that "every child has the right to access a free and public education."
El Compadre, the much-lauded but tiny Italian Market taqueria and torta shop from chefs Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller, will get new art on its walls this week. Opening night is Friday, Feb. 2, for the display of works by Sara Brown del Pozo, reports Foobooz. Called "Serving America," the theme of the show is the overlooked workers who make America's restaurants run — many of whom are also undocumented immigrants (like Martinez herself).
Last week, 200 volunteers gathered on North Broad before fanning out across the city for the federally-mandated annual point-in-time count of the homeless population. Despite the count’s shortcomings — workers are prohibited from entering abandoned buildings for safety and trespassing reasons, for instance — it helps identify trends, such as if more women or veterans are living on the streets. Billy Penn sent a reporter and photographer, who discovered the people doing the count were often very similar to the people they were assigned to tally.
Whoops! In yesterday's newsletter, we mistakenly said Philly-based modern choir group The Crossing didn't win a Grammy — when in fact, they did! Happy news for the ensemble founded in 2005 and celebrated around the world. The award was for Best Choral Performance for the recording of Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century, on which the group sang along with the saxophone quartet PRISM. Also, Philly-based composer Jennifer Higdon snagged two statues, for Best Classical Compendium and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. It's a good week to be from this city.
Even if Amazon doesn't chose Philadelphia for HQ2, there's lots to be gleaned from the RFP process. Philly's Design Advocacy Group hosts reps from the Commerce Department and PIDC to talk about how that info can be leveraged to boost the city going forward.
Where: Center for Architecture + Design at 1218 Arch St., 19107
When: February 1, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
How much: Free