June 20, 2021
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Philly fell back to 19th place for its 2021 ParkScore® due to our park access inequality.

The Trust for Public Land released its 2021 ParkScore® rankings, announcing that Philly placed 19th. Why the decline? Blame a lack of equity and budget cuts. Philadelphia’s ParkScore fell due to declines in park investment and significant inequities in the Philly Park system.

Philly neighborhoods with residents identifying as Black, Hispanic and Latinx, Indigenous and Native American, or Asian American and Pacific Islander have access to 29 percent less park space per capita than predominately white neighborhoods, according to The Trust for Public Land. Low-income neighborhoods have access to 42 percent less park space than high-income Philly neighborhoods. (Read more.)

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Health

Communities can’t solve Philadelphia’s inequitable vaccine rollout alone

Our experience reveals that getting people vaccinated — doing the education and outreach necessary to even get people signed up— requires a lot of time and labor, especially in communities of color.

But in Philadelphia, the individuals and organizations doing the work are doing it for free without any funding from the city for outreach. The data on who’s and where’s getting the vaccine the fastest reveals a public cost to this ad-hoc strategy: a chasm that affects communities of color across the city and region. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)

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Education

Education

School District of Philadelphia Offering In-Person Summer Classes, Rec Activities

The School District of Philadelphia will provide in-person and digital classes, as well as extracurricular programming, for all of its students this summer. Wednesday’s announcement from district officials means most students who opt in will be able to attend in-person summer school for the first time since 2019, after the coronavirus pandemic forced all summer programming to be digital last year. | From: NBC10/Telemundo62 (Read more.)

Community and Family

Krasner, Philly Dems rally for Pa. school funding boost as way to curb gun violence

Wolf is calling for a $1.35 billion increase to the state’s main pot of K-12 education funding. The increase would allow him to redistribute the entire basic education subsidy through a formula based on school and student needs without negatively affecting any school district in the state. Currently, only 11% of Pennsylvania’s $6.8 billion basic education subsidy is distributed via that formula. | From: WHYY (Read more.)

Housing

Philly City Council cites density concerns with ‘granny flats’

Known as “accessory dwelling units” in zoning-speak, City Council previously loosened codes to encourage these apartments in historically designated buildings in order to make redevelopment more feasible. In February, with guidance from the city’s Planning Commission, Councilmember María Quiñones-Sánchez introduced another bill allowing ADUs across the city. Quiñones-Sánchez said the idea is to preserve affordability and potentially give empty-nesters and seniors an option for an additional income source by allowing for a wider range of housing options. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)

PECO proposes electric rate hike that would increase residential bills by nearly 10%

Under a proposal before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), the southeastern Pennsylvania utility provider would increase the monthly bill for a residential customer by about 9.65% — an increase of $9.68 for a typical residential account. Small business customers would see an increase of about 5.49%. The change would bring in an additional $246 million per year. | From: WHYY (Read more.)

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Missed our Facebook Live conversation? We got you

Our partners at NBC10/Telemundo62 hosted a bilingual panel discussion on Facebook Live to kick off Broke in Philly Thursday afternoon. From left: Emma Restrepo from ParaTiMujer Radio, Edgar Ramirez from Philatinos Radio, host Alicia Lozano from NBC10 Philadelphia and Mónica Zorrilla from Billy Penn. (Read more.)

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