In comments made yesterday, ex-Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said that it was his decision to resign from his post and that he wasn’t forced out. He admitted that the lawsuit alleging he ignored sexual harassment claims made by one officer regarding another was “the catalyst” for the decision. There is also a separate lawsuit that alleges that his now-former department had a “grossly sexist culture.”

Elsewhere in Philly, Schuylkill Yards may get a new skyscraper that looks like a “tumbling stack of children’s blocks.” And, my colleague swiped deep into Tinder to find out why so many of those who work in building trades list their labor unions on their dating profiles.

The fallout from ex-Police Commissioner Richard Ross’ abrupt resignation continued yesterday.

Ross spoke with reporters and then with The Inquirer in a phone interview. He refuted claims in a lawsuit that he ignored a police corporal’s complaint of sexual harassment against another officer, in part because the woman had broken off a two-year affair with him. He added that the litigation was “the catalyst” for his departure, but chose to resign and wasn’t forced out.

Mayor Jim Kenney also said it was Ross’ decision to resign. Ultimately, Kenney said, “I think he made the right decision.” His next step is to figure out where his city’s police department goes from here with former Deputy Commissioner Christine Coulter taking over as acting police commissioner.

Potentially complicating things further is a separate federal lawsuit against the Philadelphia Police Department and Ross from a detective who alleges she endured years of sexual harassment and retaliation because the Police Department “maintains a grossly sexist culture.”

Swipe long enough and you’re bound to see them: references to Local 690 or Local 1 Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Philadelphia or Glaziers Local Union 252. Those who work in building trades are proclaiming their Philly locals on their dating profiles.

Inquirer labor reporter Juliana Reyes wanted to know why this was happening. So, she went swiping on Tinder.

A corporate skyscraper is supposed to communicate two main qualities, The Inquirer’s architecture critic Inga Saffron writes. They are: 1) power, and 2) prestige. Not fun, not resembling a children’s toy, not fire-engine red.

But all the usual expectations have been launched out the window when it comes to Brandywine Realty Trust’s designs for Schuylkill Yards. “The change in direction is a welcome relief,” Saffron writes.

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