We’ll get right into the news today: Organizers say that the country’s first supervised-injection site will open in South Philly next week after a judge ruled the proposed facility wouldn’t violate federal law. Also, West Philly residents yesterday elected a new state rep. And, outside of the city, my colleague Anna Orso explored how a major swing county in Pennsylvania is feeling as the Democratic primary heats up.
Within hours of a federal judge’s issuing a final ruling that a proposed supervised injection site would not violate federal law, site operators said they would open one in South Philly next week. It’ll be the first supervised-injection site in the United States.
Sources familiar with the decision confirmed to my colleagues that the site would operate out of Constitution Health Plaza at 1930 S. Broad St., just steps from Passyunk Avenue. A second site elsewhere in the city could open shortly after this first one does.
Getting the One Ardmore apartments built was an epic struggle that spanned more than a decade. Lower Merion residents didn’t like the architecture. And neighbors fought a $10.5 million state grant all the way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court — and lost.
Last spring, the 110-unit luxury building opened. But it’s now facing other unforeseen hurdles: complaints about mold and poor air quality. And, some residents say they’ve gotten sick and have been forced to leave. But the company that owns the building calls the Facebook and Nextdoor app complaints “misinformation” based on “unfounded and unscientific claims.”
One of the common refrains for Democrats in the Lehigh Valley is: “Any blue will do.” There’s an anxiety, especially among a group of women in Northampton County, that President Donald Trump will win again, which can overwhelm any preference about which candidate should ultimately take him on. Pennsylvania’s April 28 primary is still two months away, but some organizers in the swing county are on edge, spending hours gaming out how different Democrats might appeal to their neighbors.
Republicans and Democrats see Northampton County as an opportunity. But compared with places in Pennsylvania that also flipped to Trump in 2016, the Lehigh Valley skews higher in income and education levels, demographics that align more with Democrats.
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“Teachers have always faced a complex task, but the job today is harder than ever. Not only have rigorous national standards added pressure to improve student performance, but classrooms must also support an increasingly diverse student population with a wide range of backgrounds and learning abilities.” — writes Deanna Burney, who has served as a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Philadelphia, about Philly teachers needing more support and respect to stay in their jobs.