If home is where the heart is, developers are adding a bit of both to Bala Cynwyd in hopes of reinvigorating the community’s corridors into trendy town centers to live, shop and eat. But will their lofty goals pan out? In other news, a new database released this weekend revealed that hundreds of current and former Philadelphia police officers have made racist, intolerant or otherwise offensive Facebook comments or posts — actions researchers say could “could erode civilian trust and confidence in police.”
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Is Bala Cynwyd on the cusp of revitalization?
Developers certainly hope so. On Bala Avenue in North Bala — or “NoBa,” for those in the know — they’ve invested in luxury apartments, and say that’s just the beginning of the area’s renewed lease on robust residential life.
And on City Avenue — the congested, three-mile stretch that straddles Philadelphia and Lower Merion — revamped residential options have arrived, and some hope it, too, can become a trendy place to be.
More than 500 current and former Philadelphia police officers have made Facebook posts or comments that researchers consider dehumanizing, supportive of violence, or that “could erode civilian trust and confidence in police,” a new database from advocates researching police bias shows.
Highlighting posts from officers in eight police departments across the country, the database lists 330 active Philadelphia police officers — including an inspector, six captains, and nine lieutenants — who made racist, intolerant or otherwise offensive posts.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross said he was “very troubled" by the report, adding that the city’s Internal Affairs has been investigating officers for potential policy violations since February. Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania ACLU said the database’s information should be treated as a potentially troubling “cultural issue.”
Tens of thousands of acres of Pennsylvania’s native trees that produce some of the commonwealth’s most vibrant spring, summer, and fall scenes are at risk due to climate change, a state agency says.
Facing rising temperatures, more frequent storms, and overall wetter years, species like the mountain maple, American beech, balsam fir, paper birch, and quaking aspen may not be suited for the state’s forests in coming years, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Instead, the Keystone State should look to shift to nonnative “climate resilient” species, the agency says — a change which would impact an ecosystem.
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