First: Commissioner Danielle Outlaw says she will not resign.

Then: Our architecture critic, Inga Saffron, has an update efforts to clean up the Reading Viaduct.

And: A stock app called Robinhood seems to have more in common with the Sheriff of Nottingham, and a windy forecast ensures the rest of us unsure footing. I’ll be with y’all every Friday for the next few weeks, so let’s make the first one a good one. Happy weekend, y’all.

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Philly police commissioner defends department’s response to protests following critical report and says she won’t resign

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw didn’t back down Thursday despite calls for her to resign after the release of a report disclosing that she sought to use tear gas against protesters.

Forcefully, Outlaw defended the way she led her department during protests and civil unrest last year, answering questions during a news conference that followed the release of a critical independent report.

Outlaw said she has the support of Mayor Jim Kenney, and has no plans to resign.

“Am I enough? Absolutely, and some,” she said during the news conference. “Do I deserve to be here? Absolutely, and some. Did I lead this department in the last year? Absolutely, and some. No police commissioner, chief, superintendent has ever had to deal with what we’ve dealt with in the past year.”

The report, released Wednesday, was commissioned by the city controller and conducted by two independent firms.

Fed-up with mess the Reading Railroad left behind, Callowhill developer seeks oversight of Spring Garden train station

More than 35 years after the Reading Railroad went out of it business, its old viaduct and Spring Garden station still blight the Callowhill loft district. Its property has become a magnet for illegal dumping and drug users.

The city has cited the company for numerous violations, but has gotten nowhere. Now a local developer wants to use Pennsylvania’s Act 135 law to acquire oversight for the property and force a cleanup.

This effort comes 18 months after property owners rejected a special services district to deal with the trash problem, writes architecture critic Inga Saffron.

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