After months of build-up, Philadelphia officials did not clear out the encampments of people experiencing homelessness yesterday after having posted a notice that they’d be shuttered. And it looks as if the Sixers' dreams of building their own arena at Penn’s Landing have ended with a competing bid being chosen for the Delaware waterfront’s development.
Also, there’s rain in the forecast today, with a flash flood watch in place for Philadelphia, all of its neighboring counties, and northern Delaware.
Philadelphia officials opted not to clear out homeless encampments in the city yesterday and didn’t specify what’s next in the standoff that has lasted throughout the summer. By the end of the day yesterday, the only thing that was certain was that dozens of people would sleep at least one more night on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, as well as at three other spots, my colleague Alfred Lubrano reports.
Although a third notice had been posted that the encampments would be shuttered yesterday, officials said they had planned to offer services to the people living there instead of engaging in a more forceful clearing of the sites.
It looks like the 76ers will not build a new basketball arena on Penn’s Landing. The board of the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., which oversees the development along Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront, voted yesterday to choose the Durst Organization of New York to be the site’s developer.
Durst’s plan involves a row of six high-rise buildings among grassy plazas. They’d house about 1,800 apartment or condo units, 225 hotel rooms, and office space, a supermarket, a preschool, and other commercial spaces.
Carson Wentz is about to enter Year Five with the Eagles. And after a summer of what he called “a lot of learning,” it seems like his teammates believe in him. In locker rooms across the NFL, including the one in South Philly, teams had emotional discussions about systemic racism, police shootings and killings of Black people, and what it’s like to be a Black person in America.
Those were all things that Wentz, who is white, admits that he previously “chose to overlook and look past," my colleague Paul Domowitch reports. Now, it appears that the 27-year-old QB has the respect of the room.
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