With the number of vaccinations rising and COVID infections rates dropping across the region, SEPTA has lifted its ridership restrictions and is taking steps towards welcoming more riders in a safe fashion. SEPTA has implemented worker and safety measures to ensure that public health remains a priority. | From: AL DÍA (Read more.)
The nonprofit “We Love Philly” is running a program called “Project Ownership” that allows 70 high school students identifying as either Latinx or African-American to transform a shipping container into a livable space. Students will be able to earn profits from renting out the space. | From: AL DÍA (Read more.)
Owusu and Afia Bonsu, Philadelphia-based merchants who sell eclectic items from Ghana and beyond, discuss the significant hurdles to local entrepreneurship in the COVID-19 pandemic. From | Fun Times (Read more.)
SEPTA buses and trains could be getting more crowded with masked people.
Starting Tuesday, June 1, SEPTA lifted COVID-19-related capacity limits on its trains, buses and trolleys. Mask-wearing — something suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on public transit even for vaccinated people — remains in place. (Read more.)
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.)
This six-week internship will launch June 1 with a cohort of seven students from local colleges and will provide one-on-one coaching and structured professional guidance, including a network of mentors they can go to for advice and future job hunting. | From: Technical.ly (Read more.)