Police on South Street; Turn old trees into money; New Youth Peace Corps | Morning overview

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Following the June South Street shooting that killed three people and injured 14, there have been calls for police to change their approach.

  • But not all stakeholders want the same thing for the commercial corridor surrounded by a residential area, interviews with business owners and residents show – and they are often in conflict.

In both camps, report Beatrice Forman and Emily White of Billy Penn, many are unsure exactly what the PPD is supposed to do to promote safety.

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Philly Parks & Rec is partnering with a DC-based startup to turn salvageable lumber from downed trees into lumber they can sell to fund tree-planting efforts.

  • Currently, when trees in Philadelphia parks fall or need to be removed, they are sent to a recycling center in Fairmount Park to be turned into inexpensive materials like mulch or wood chips.

The new shaft milling pilot program is set to launch in the spring of 2023, reports Asha Prihar, and will employ youth from a local workforce development program.

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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

  • 53: Registered gunshot victims Last week so far, up from 47 the previous week. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 1,534: Gunshot victims this year, up 1% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 352: Year-to-date homicides, 1% ahead of last year’s pace and up 74% from five years ago [Philly Police]

Busy first half of the day in public for Mayor Kenney. He begins to cut the ribbon for One Cathedral Square, the new tower of apartments on the promenade behind the basilica (10 a.m.). This was followed by a speech at Citizens Bank Park to launch this year’s program Ring the PHL bell back-to-school campaign (11 a.m.). Then, return to City Hall for a Ukrainian flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the country’s 31st Independence Day (12:00 PM).

🏏 Partner event: North Broad Renaissance CDC host a free quiz night en Fondation at the Divine Lorraine, and we provided the specially themed BP Quizzo questions! (6 p.m. Thursday August 25)

🍲 Jet Wine Bar on South Street West hosts a pop-up from Brown’s Test Kitchen, with a menu that’s “a culinary journey through the African Diaspora”. (5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 26)

🐲 Philadelphia’s first Welsh Week celebrates three centuries of Welsh in Philadelphia, with music, film, arts and lessons. (from Saturday August 27 to Sunday September 4)

🍻 Home Brewed Events and Love City Brewing are hosting We Dissent, a special block party to support women’s reproductive rights. (12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 28)

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