Good morning, Philly. It’s Mexican consulate head Alicia Kerber-Palma’s last week in Philadelphia, but the women’s rights advocate is leaving things better than she found them: with a program in place to screen and advise women on domestic violence and trauma-related issues when they come to the consulate for an ID or other civil services. And while Kerber-Palma is on her way out of the city, New Yorkers are moving in. Reporter Alfred Lubrano looks at the exchange between the Big Apple and the City of Brotherly Love.

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Alicia Kerber-Palma is finishing her tenure at Philadelphia’s Mexican consulate this week, but the program she implemented to help women confront domestic violence and access justice while they stop by the office for passport guidance or other civil services will stay in the city for years to come.

Often taught that any trauma they have suffered is a burden they should bear in silence, Mexican women who experience a high rate of domestic violence in the community don’t tend to share information about their situations or seek help due to cultural and social norms, a counselor explained.

So, Kerber-Palma developed a program to come to them, where consulate staffers screen for traumatic situations and advise women on violence and trauma-related issues while they receive legal and civil services at the office.

The Brooklynites are coming, and they’re congregating in Fairmount and Fishtown.

Census data shows that the flow of New Yorkers moving to our city is slightly greater than the drain of Philadelphians heading to the Big Apple — and that’s made up largely by Gothamists flocking from Brooklyn to the City of Brotherly Love.

In response to a Curious Philly reader’s question about an influx of New Yorkers coming to Philadelphia, reporter Alfred Lubrano looks at the movement of our neighbors from the north.

They’re mean, green, public transportation machines, but will they survive the city’s conditions?

SEPTA’s 22 electric, emissions-free buses are on Philly’s streets, and time will tell whether they’re a first step toward greener public transit or a novelty that will prove unsustainable.

The battery-powered buses join SEPTA’s fleet as part of the agency’s attempt to meet sustainability goals, and produce minimal pollution. But electric buses used elsewhere have proved less reliable than their emissions-spewing predecessors, and it is unclear whether the buses’ cost and SEPTA’s battery charging capacity will prevent them from being used widely in a big city.

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A completed Philly Cheesesteak Cheesecake, drizzled with Whiz.
A completed Philly Cheesesteak Cheesecake, drizzled with Whiz.

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