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Tourism bouncing back from pandemic
- Tourism in Philadelphia is on the way back up after being crushed by the pandemic. Early predictions estimated that it would take until 2026 for Philadelphia to see its tourism numbers return to 2019 levels. However, new estimates have pushed that date up to 2024 or even 2023. In 2021, visitors spent $5.3 billion in the city, a 26% increase from 2020.
Activists win victory over 'poop building' developer
- A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge ruled against the developer of an apartment complex on 48th Street and Chester Avenue, stating that the zoning board hadn't shown that the property owner deserved zoning exemptions. The ruling was a win for activists over the project known as the 'poop building.' The planned apartment building earned the name after local anti-gentrification activists asked for fecal samples from nearby residents in order to examine if the development would increase their risk of colorectal cancer.
School district launches map to track progress of rebuilding facilities
- The School District of Philadephia unveiled a website that allows concerned parents and residents to track the Facilities Planning Process, the district's project that aims to rebuild and fix the public school system's crumbling infrastructure. The map allows for people to select each school individually and see what condition it is in and read facility assessments.
Sixers fall down 2-0 to Heat, Harden struggles
- The Philadelphia 76ers are headed back to the City of Brotherly Love down two games to none against the top-seeded Miami Heat. The Sixers are without their top player, Joel Embiid, who is sidelined with a concussion and facial fracture. Without him, newly acquired James Harden has faced the brunt of the criticism for the losses, only scoring four points during each of the second halves of Philly's two losses.