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Group gives out free security cameras to deter crime
- The West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative, a business group, is planning on giving out 300 security cameras to local businesses and residents in an initiative called "Project Safe Corridors." Jabari Jones, president of the collaborative, said the hope is that if a criminal comes into the area and sees cameras lining the streets they will think twice about committing a crime. Those wishing to receive a camera can apply online.
Pa. legislature considering raising cap on water main break damages
- Philadelphia's water infrastructure is old and as evidenced by multiple accidents over the past year prone to water main breaks, however, due to state law there has been a cap on the damages one could collect when a water main break affects your property. The current cap of $500,000 was set in 1980 and now the Pennsylvania legislature is considering raising it in order to get with the times. With inflation that $500,000 today would be over $1.8 million today.
City in settlement talks over inaccessible sidewalks
- Philadelphia has entered settlement talks with a group of disabled residents and advocacy groups over a 2019 lawsuit claiming that broken curbs, disintegrated sidewalks and illegally parked cars have made travel inaccessible for those with disabilities. The plaintiffs are not seeking money but rather a comprehensive review of the city's sidewalks and a plan to make them ADA compliant.
SEPTA partners with local employers to give out free passes
- SEPTA has partnered with major Philadephia employers like Penn Medicine, Drexel and Wawa to give out free transit pass to their employees. The goal for SEPTA is an attempt to continue to push ridership numbers back closer to their pre-pandemic level. The passes the employees receive would usually cost over $200.