At last night's meeting, the Francisville Neighborhood Development Coalition reinstated an old rule: If you want to vote on any resolutions put forth, you’ll be required to show ID that proves you live in the neighborhood. Other associations have also implemented ID checking — Brewerytown-Sharswood did it last month, and Fishtown's been doing it for years. The reason? These areas are seeing a huge influx of new development, and developers looking for zoning approval have been known to stack the audience with supporters. Here's why community leaders think the practice will result in decisions that are better for the neighborhood.
Sheila Modglin, the Dirty Franks bartender and Sunshine Arts founder who was nearly killed crossing Lincoln Drive the night of the Eagles parade, is battling back from unconsciousness. She's making some progress, but costs for recovery are going to be huge. The Modglin family has set up a fund to help pay for them — and Sheila's longtime employer is hosting a big block party to raise money. Set for this Sunday, March 4, the indoor-outdoor bash will feature six food trucks, beer from PBC, games for kids, art, music and more. Per bar co-owner Jody Sweitzer, this is gearing up to be Dirty Franks' "largest event ever."
If you've been on Chestnut Street in Center City during working hours, you've seen it: a stopped car blocks a bus stop, the bus halts behind it — inadvertently blocking both travel lanes — and traffic backs up for streets on end. One way to combat that, SEPTA thinks, is to begin issue violations for blocking bus stations. And one easy way to do that is to start using the cameras already mounted on vehicles to snap pics of the offending license plates and send the info to the PPA, which would then levy a fine and send out a ticket. The tactic would likely require new legislation from Harrisburg, Jason Laughlin writes for PMN. Another cross-agency idea floated? Making SEPTA Key compatible with PPA parking meters.
Along some transit corridors, however, more crowds are desired, not fewer. That's the case for the areas surrounding the El stops in Kensington, which provide easy access to Center City but don't have a lot of housing stock or retail yet. A new amendment to the city zoning code would create overlays to make it easier to develop properties surrounding four Berks, York-Dauphin, Allegheny and Erie-Torresdale stations. Council hasn't yet voted on the change, but it did receive a full-throated endorsement from the Planning Commission, per PlanPhilly.
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Before they rejuvenated the Rocky franchise with "Creed" and roared into the Marvel Universe with "Black Panther," director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan made their names with this day-in-the-life portrait of Oscar Grant, a young Oakland man shot and killed by transit police in 2009. The Philadelphia Film Society is hosts this screening as part of its Black History Month programming.
Where: The Roxy at 2023 Sansom St., 19103
When: February 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $8 (seniors and students $7; kids under 12 $3)