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Council member Kendra Brooks outlined a plan to allocate $10 million to buy up thousands of “vacant” lots in Philadelphia.
- This decision could save dozens of community gardens residents created on vacant lots, which helped to calm the violence. It could also create space for affordable housing.
The land is owned by U.S. Bank, which received the packages from the city in 1997, Jordan Levy reports, and is now sending them for the sheriff’s sale.
Since rumors began circulating among Clark Park craft vendors that authorities would start enforcing permit requirements, the weekly market has felt emptier.
- Some continue to sell at West Philly Park every Saturday, even if settling down is accompanied by a new nervous breakdown. Council and Parks & Rec officials have pledged to seek ways to make them legal.
Ignore application? Create a new cheaper pop-up permit? Emily White examines the feasibility of some solutions that are floating around.
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- After a deadlocked jury last month, the retrial of council member Kenyatta Johnson and his wife Dawn Chavous is scheduled for September 28. [Billy Penn/WHYY]
- Philadelphia-area schools are among the most segregated in the nation, especially for Latino students, according to a new report. [Chalkbeat]
- Developers broke ground on PHA’s 59-home Sharswood Crossing in North Philly. There are 30,000 names on the waiting list for affordable 2 and 3 bedroom homes. [Tribune$/KYW]
- It’s been a big year for Philadelphians Quinta Brunson, creator of the show “Abbott Elementary,” and Questlove, who is now an Oscar winner, putting them on Time’s 100 Most Influential People list. [Axios/Time]
- The Phillies apparently hold the MLB record for longest games this season, averaging 3 hours and 17 minutes. Boredom? Not if you snag this Phanatic-shaped hot dog launcher at a charity auction (don’t plan on slinging sausages, it’s no longer in working order). [Defector/Phillies]
We publish this report weekly in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at Community College of Philadelphia.
By the Numbers in Philadelphia
- 58: Gunshot victims recorded last week, compared to 47 the previous week [PPD Google Drive]
- 833: Gunshot victims this year, up 1% from last year [PCGVR]
- 188: Year-to-date homicides, down 9% from last year, but up 54% from five years ago [Philly Police]
Mayor Kenney joins the bi-weekly briefing on the city’s response to gun violence (1 p.m.), alongside health department and PHA officials to outline a new initiative to provide behavioral supports and opportunities labor. You can listen live on WURD Radio 900 AM / 96.1 FM or watch on Facebook.
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