A few months ago, it seemed Orinoka Civic House’s affordable housing units would be immediately filled. The project's developer, NKCDC, had a 600 parties apply for 51 units. But as of late summer many of the new apartments were vacant, showcasing one of the myriad problems with affordable housing in Philly. As Philadelphia searches for improvements combining the private and public sector, here’s a look at how affordable housing often can’t reach Philadelphians with the lowest incomes and why limited federal resources prevent the problem from getting any better.
How does an innocent man with no criminal record spend a night in jail and leave the next day without his money and his car? Welcome to Philadelphia's civil asset forfeiture process, which allows police to take cash, vehicles and homes from people who haven't been charged with a crime, and then funnel the assets into a city bank account. What happens to that money? Sub-machine guns, raccoon removal service, a $76 parking ticket and so much more. Check out what Philly Weekly and City & State found in their investigation.
On her way to a Narcan training session Wednesday morning, Kristin Walker witnessed an overdose. So she called 911 and waited for a colleague. Then she walked a few blocks to Eighth and Market streets, where the Department of Public Health and nonprofit Prevention Point were holding a Narcan training session aimed at teaching Philadelphians how to handle similar emergencies. Read more about Walker's story and why so many other residents want to learn how to administer Narcan.
How often do you find people from Syria, Iraq, Cambodia, West Africa, West Philly, South Philly all hanging out and eating together as a Mummers string band plays? That was the scene outside Reading Terminal Market earlier this week, at the finale event for the Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers program. Here's why participants felt the gathering was more than just a feel-good photo op, and think the Knight Foundation-funded dinner series will have a lasting impact in their communities.
Fall movie night at Weavers Way Farm at Saul High School brings a showing of the classic Marty McFly adventure. Bring a blanket and a picnic — you can stock up on extra treats at the farm market, which will be open till 7 p.m. — and enjoy free popcorn during the show. Accessible by the 27 bus, and there's also plenty of street parking nearby.
Where: Henry Got Crops CSA at 7095 Henry Ave. 19128
When: September 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Gabby Ortiz is a 22-year-old Philly native who works as a receptionist for Mayor Jim Kenney and is "100 percent committed to having it all." By that she means kicking ass at her day job and launching her professional wrestling career. Ortiz watched wrestling while growing up in Fairmount and is pretty new to the pro scene, but she did a two-month tour in Japan, trains at the Ring of Honor dojo, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Sixers brass talked Wednesday about the state of the team heading into preseason and much of the focus was understandably on Joel Embiid's health. GM Bryan Colangelo and coach Brett Brown both stressed there has been no setback in Embiid's recovery from surgery, but the big man hasn't been able to get on the court in 5-on-5 situations yet. When asked if he'll have similar playing-time restrictions as last year, they basically did the shruggy guy emoji, a wait-and-see until the new team doctor can weigh in. The good news? Brown loves Markelle Fultz's coachability and sees big things for the rookie. Oh, and the other rookie — last year's top pick Ben Simmons — is good to go with no restrictions.