Fresh off the news that Mayor Jim Kenney is majorly behind on his campaign promise to create 30 additional miles of protected bike lanes, there's some good news. Kenney will unveil his Vision Zero Action Plan to put an end to traffic-related fatalities in Philadelphia. The idea behind Vision Zero, which you can read more about here, is to make streets safer for everyone who uses them. Kenney will make his announcement at 10 a.m. today in City Hall.
Opened in 2013, Do Good Brewing was one of the earlier entries in Philly's current brewery boom, but in early January of this year the Port Richmond operation was forced to shut down. Brewer and founder Tom Sheridan, who developed a niche market by selling his United Cream Ale to old school River Wards taverns, is not ready to give up. The Port Richmond native has launched a effort to reinvent Do Good as a corner brewpub, and he's turning to the local community for help.
With $5.4 million, you could fund pre-K for almost 600 kids. Or just spend it on soda tax ads, which is what lobbyists on both sides are doing. Even though the tax is done and in effect, pro- and anti- Philly beverage tax groups are still sinking millions into ads. The American Beverage Association is producing spots with working-class Philadelphians saying the tax is hurting them. Meanwhile, Bloomberg is funding ads for Philadelphians for a Fair Future that show smiling pre-K kids who've presumably benefitted from the tax. Want the latest on the soda tax? Click "follow this" and we'll send you email updates.
Where you live has a lot to do with the quality of the education you'll get. And that doesn't just apply to city schools. A new documentary from National Geographic about the digital divide tells the stories of Lower Merion and Penn Wood high schools. They're six miles apart, but a world away in their respective Montgomery and Delaware counties. But the economic differences don't just impact technology. The film explores the impact on everything from the lack of computer labs, to missing sports programs and a literal hole in one of the schools.
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The nonpartisan Fair Districts PA hosts an information session and discussion with Pa. Sen. Anthony Williams and Pa. Rep. Jordan Harris about redistricting reform in Pennsylvania. Learn how voting maps are drawn, how it affects you and your community, and what you can do to help.
Where: Wharton Square Park at 23rd & Wharton St. 19146
When: September 29, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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People have plenty to say about Philly sports fans (insert snowball joke here). But it's our athletes who are getting the most attention for not putting up with any BS these days. First, in response to Donald Trump's comments about NFL players kneeling and uninviting the Golden State Warriors to the White House, Sixers guard JJ Redick said being anti-Trump is like "eating breakfast in the morning. It's just something you do during your day." Well, it took an extra day to go viral (thanks Australia) but Ben Simmons upped the ante, saying if he were back in his home country, "a lot of people would call [Trump] a dickhead, and that's how I personally feel." Meanwhile, after some dude in York County lit his fence on fire trying to burn a Torrey Smith jersey in protest of NFL protests, the Eagles wide receiver had this simple, effective comeback.
What do you do if you're a seasonal riverfront beer garden and summer is over? Turn your open-air decks into a celebration of fall. To go along with decorations like corn stalks, hay bales and giant pumpkins, Morgan's Pier has launched a new Fall Fest menu. The best part might be the personal-size blooming onion (that long hot dipping sauce, omg), but there's lots more. Check out pics and the full list here.