News Roundup: April 22, 2016


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Bridging the Art Gap

It’s a typical Saturday night on south 52nd Street. Neighbors spill out onto the sidewalk from delis and barbecue restaurants and barbers and sneaker stores that line the commercial corridor, once called the “Main Street” of West Philadelphia. Read more.

SEPTA Will Soon Be Looking for Early Key Card Adopters

SEPTA will soon be looking for 10,000 people to test out their new fare payment system – SEPTA Key Card – starting in June. We know what you’re thinking … you’ve heard this before. But this time SEPTA appears to be almost ready to go. Read more.

Philadelphia Awarded $3.5 Million to Reduce Prison Population

Philadelphia received a $3.5 million MacArthur Foundation grant to fund a plan to reduce the city’s prison population by 34 percent over three years by keeping appropriate non-violent offenders out of prison, more quickly moving those already incarcerated back out into the community, and seeking alternatives to prison for other offenders, reports Read more.

Philadelphia Makes Another Prime Showing in Latest Knight Cities Challenge

After nabbing more project grants than any other U.S. city in the Knight Foundation's inaugural 2015 Knight Cities Challenge, Philly has more reasons to be proud. As announced at an April 12 celebration at Reading Terminal Market (RTM), local winners received the largest share of the national grant program’s $5 million pool for 2016: over $873,000 for four local initiatives. Read more.