News Roundup June 3, 2016


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Youma: From Economist, to Server, to Manager, to Owner

When I walked into Youma (Facebook page), a new African restaurant at 4519 Baltimore Ave., I was glad to finally get to spend some time with owner Youma Ba. When I met with her, she was covering for a server who was out sick. It was somewhat of a homecoming for Youma, since this very location was where she got her start as a server in Philly back in 2001, when it was known as La Calebasse. She left there to open Kilimanjaro on Walnut St. Read more.

Plans to Move Police Headquarters to 46th and Market in Question

Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration is rethinking the much publicized move of the police headquarters to 46th and Market, despite the start of $250 million in renovations and plans for an art installation and possibly even a new Police Athletic League branch. Read more.

At Technically Media, We Use ‘They’ as a Singular Pronoun. Here’s Why

When it comes to questions of grammar, we at Technically Media refer to the AP Stylebook, aka “the journalist’s bible” — except when we don’t.

The team behind Generocity and uses a house style that takes a few liberties with that classic set of style, grammar and usage rules for newsrooms and academic journals. For instance, cofounder has no hyphen, and for years we’ve lowercased “internet” (though that’s finally becoming standard with the newest edition of the AP Stylebook on June 1). Read more.

SEPTA Launches Reconstruction of Key Transit Hub in West Philadelphia

SEPTA gathered with local elected officials and neighborhood leaders on Monday, May 23, 2016 to break ground on the long-needed overhaul of a transit hub in West Philadelphia. Read more.

The $1 Billion Bet on Gentrifying Black Philadelphia’s Downtown Mall

Wallace Wyche is tending shop in a ghost town. The three-block-long shopping mall where he works in the heart of Philadelphia is empty, cleared out for a massive renovation. At one end, where his Verizon store is situated, a few stragglers hang on: a leather goods shop, a perfume shop, a GameStop. A lone police officer sits at a security station, clearly bored out of his mind, and looks over the empty expanse. There used to be two cops stationed here, but the second was taken off the desk. Read more.