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  • 30 Jun 2021 4:45 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Thursday, July 1 marks the new fiscal year for the City of Philadelphia! The Fiscal Year 2022 budget makes significant investments to ensure the long-term safety, health and well-being of Philadelphia and our residents. It focuses on providing—and in some cases expanding—core services while maintaining our long-term fiscal health. 


  • 29 Jun 2021 1:58 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The strawberry lemonade shandy drinks like an extra-flavorful hard seltzer.

    With its sweet start and tangy finish, strawberry lemonade is a great summer thirst quencher. Add beer, like Wawa and 2SP Brewing Company just did, and it’s even more fun.

    Sunfest Strawberry Lemonade Shandy is the latest collab between the Delaware County convenience chain and brewery, appearing on store shelves this week.

  • 29 Jun 2021 10:47 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    SEPTA is planning to roll out SEPTA Key 2.0.

    Authority officials are conducting an industry-wide review of fare payment systems and asking experts for their input on how to improve the troubled Key card.

    Through a Request for Information announced Monday, officials hope to ultimately create a fare payment system that can change with the times and adapt to riders’ needs, offer more convenience to riders, and open the door to partnerships with other transit providers.

    No budget for 2.0 has been set yet.

  • 29 Jun 2021 10:37 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As theaters start to reopen after being shut down, they are faced with an audience they have been largely out of touch with for more than a year, as well as a different world in which issues of race and equity are at the forefront.


  • 29 Jun 2021 10:28 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As commuters are slowing trickling back to Center City offices this summer, the transit agency is trying to get creative, solving for a new way of working and trying to connect the rails to city buses and trollies.


  • 29 Jun 2021 9:48 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The section of the Schuylkill River Trail under the Chestnut Street Bridge in Center City Philadelphia is expected to reopen by Friday, July 2, following the completion of work that closed the trail in mid-February for repairs to the retaining wall that supports the trail along the east bank of the river, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.


  • 29 Jun 2021 8:56 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    A heat emergency goes into effect in the city at 8 a.m. Tuesday. That means the city will open cooling sites and also increase its homeless outreach. They’re even deploying SEPTA buses for people to cool off in.


  • 28 Jun 2021 5:11 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    There’s no denying that it gets hot in Philadelphia during the summertime.

    Urban areas, like Philadelphia, are hotter in the spring and summer when temperatures rise. This can be attributed to something dubbed the “urban heat island effect”.

    Cities have less tree canopy cover and vegetation, more paved surfaces, row homes with dark rooftops, and taller building structures that reduce airflow.

    Very hot weather can make people sick, even healthy adults. Older adults, those who are pregnant, infants and young children, people experiencing homelessness, and people with pre-existing health conditions are at higher risk. Here are a few tips to help you stay cool this summer.


  • 28 Jun 2021 1:55 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The immediate rapport between aide Ryan Culmer and student Brody Slotnick helped close the gap between online and in-person learning — and enabled the fourth grader’s all-virtual year at Albert M. Greenfield School in Center City to conclude on an upbeat note.


  • 28 Jun 2021 1:52 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia City Council has passed a one-year demolition moratorium for South Philadelphia’s “Doctors’ Row,” ahead of the creation of the city’s first historic district based primarily on the history of Black Philadelphians.


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