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Wondering what happened at City Council this week? Don’t worry—we understand it’s hard to take several hours out of your Thursday to attend the weekly meeting of Philly’s legislative body. Here, the highlights in our 15-minute podcast digest:
There was one moment several months ago with the South Philly community around Smith Playground that former Eagle and always civic philanthropist Connor Barwin will never forget. Barwin and his team from the Make The World Better Foundation stood before a packed room, presenting their plans to renovate the 7.5 acre park at 24th and … Continue reading The Citizen Recommends: Smith Playground Ribbon Cutting
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What I remember most vividly is the blood. In the movies, when people are shot there are those neat red circles of bright red blood. That’s not the way it is at all. The blood flows freely and uncontrollably. It gushes. It doesn’t stop. It wasn’t bright red and colorful, it was thick and dark, … Continue reading Saving Dad