News Roundup July 1, 2016


What locations need more bike racks? Help UCD bring additional bike parking

University City District (UCD) is planning to install more bike racks in the area and needs help identifying places that need bike parking or additional bike racks. Currently, UCD is accepting photos showing overcrowded or out-of-repair bike parking or bikes locked to trees, railings, etc. along commercial corridors and at other neighborhood destinations in University City. Read more.

SEPTA Trolley tunnel to close for 9-day maintenance in July

The annual trolley tunnel maintenance project, SEPTA Trolley Tunnel Blitz, is scheduled for next month and will take nine days to complete. The tunnel will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 8 and will re-open for trolley service at 4 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016. Read more.

20,000 Domestic Workers Are About to Get Fair Wages. How’d They Do That?

Myrla Baldonado left the Philippines and settled in the suburbs of Chicago in 2006. She found work caring for the elderly and ill, whom she fed, bathed, clothed, and gave medication. Working in the privacy of her patients’ homes, Baldonado sometimes experienced verbal abuse from their families. Her occasional 90-hour workweeks meant starting at dawn and arriving home late at night. Baldonado’s employer, an elder care agency, also misdeclared her as an independent contractor, forcing her to pay additional taxes. Read more.

Smooth jazz the soundtrack of fundraising in Cobbs Creek

The Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Community Education Center, 63rd and Catharine streets in West Philadelphia, held its first Jazz on the Creek fundraiser where local residents enjoyed the sounds of smooth jazz performed by the Sonny Keaton Quartet last Saturday. Read more.

DNC volunteers sow garden in West Philly with hopes of lasting bounty

A new community garden is growing on a former parking lot in West Philadelphia, thanks to a generous donation and a whole lot of sweat equity.

The 1-acre plot sits behind the Karabots Pediatric Care Center at 48th and Market streets, footsteps from the subway. It's considered the centerpiece volunteer project for the Democratic National Convention, which will be in town July 25-28. Read more.

Scholarship for the common good: Professor Gordon-Nembhard inducted into Co-op Hall of Fame

Professor Jessica Gordon-Nembhard has been a scholar of cooperative economics for some time, but she was nonetheless surprised when the National Cooperative Business Association made the decision to induct her into its prestigious Co-op Hall of Fame. Read more.