An inflatable rat with a head like President Trump was erected next to the Rizzo statue, WHYY’s Tom MacDonald reports. The police moved the rat to the sidewalk, which is public space. The Kenney administration is still considering whether to petition the Art Commission about the Rizzo statue’s future.
Jon Geeting, contributing to the Philadelphia Citizen, takes a look at the city’s new CleanPHL site. The site, which engages residents to use of the Litter Index as part of the city’s Zero Waste initiative, also lets you know whether or not you have a Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee block captain. Geeting writes that previously a listing of all block captains was not available to the public.
Activists protested outside of the new Aloft Philadelphia Downtown hotel Thursday, arguing a misuse of Federal and State tax credits. Hidden City speaks with activists with Center City Organized for Responsible Development (CCORD), Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild (POWER), and Arch Street United Methodist Church, who point out that the developer received $2 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds with the promise of 170 local jobs that did not come into fruition. The activists also argued that the development “barely” qualified for New Market Tax Credits. The Philadelphia Tribune captured some video of the sit-in at the hotel.
Across the river is a different approach to investing in a business in the city: Generocity highlights Invincible City Farms, recipient of Waterfront Ventures’ inaugural Camden Catalyst pitch competition. The startup aims to eliminate food deserts through the construction urban farms and food distribution hubs. A requirement of the $25,000 in funding includes a commitment to keep its headquarters local for at least three years and hire at least half of its workforce locally.
A child was hit by a SEPTA bus in Frankford Monday, CBS Philly reports. The police are investigating the incident, no life-threatening injuries were reported.