Philadelphia Progressives vs Establishment Dem; How to get a library card; West Chester commuter rail? | Morning overview


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A wave of young progressives became more active in Philadelphia politics, many starting on the ground floor running as committee members.

  • But a “wait your turn” mentality among the city’s established Democratic party can make the organizations that form the foundation of hyperlocal government an unwelcoming place.

Some attempts to run against the establishment have become controversial. Digging into the data, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch explains the dynamics at play.

In addition to books at its many branches (which will hopefully extend their hours), the Free Library of Philadelphia has a ton of resources for cardholders.

  • Anyone who lives, works or attends school in Philadelphia can apply for a card, online or in person, using anything from a driver’s license to a utility bill, lease or employee ID card.

Asha Prihar explains how to enroll and what you can access, from retake help to German lessons, banjo rentals and homework help.

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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

  • 29: Registered gunshot victims Last week so far, up from 68 the previous week. [@PCGVR via City Controller]
  • 1,349: Gunshot victims this year, up 1% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 309: Year-to-date homicides, down 2% from last year; up 64% from five years ago [Philly Police]

Mayor Kenney joins members of council at City Hall for a signing ceremony for bills that will change municipal tax laws (2:30 p.m.).

These include increasing the homeownership exemption from $45,000 to $80,000 and adding funding to the long-term homeownership program (LOOP). You can only sign up for one, and an Inquirer survey showed that it’s not always easy to figure out what will save you the most money.

🌳 ConsenSIS, the new collaboration between former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Trapeta B. Mayson and Yolanda Wisher, is hosting a free reading at the Awbury Arboretum celebrating Black women and women poets. (2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday July 30)

🚗 The 15th Annual East Passyunk Car Show & Festival takes over the avenue between Broad and Dickinson streets, with nearly 200 classic cars on display and street food from River Twice. Juana Tamale, and more. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31)

👚 Sip & Stitch is coming to the Bourse for an initiation embroidery workshop. Tickets are $50 – hoop, needle and enriched milkshake included. (1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31)


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