Why Is the PPA Teaching Us How Not to Get Tickets?

The Philadelphia Parking Authority will hold a workshop on avoiding parking tickets next month.

Seeing as the organization brings in a big chunk of money from its on-street operations (meaning parking fines, booting and towing fees, meter payments and permit fees), you’ve got to wonder… what’s going on here?

The PPA says the “fun-filled” workshop (again…trap?) will run between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on June 17th at the organization’s headquarters, located at 701 Market St. It’s titled “Parking 101: A Workshop on Avoiding Parking Tickets.”

Per a PPA event description full of exclamation points, those who attend will:

  • Hear from your own Parking Enforcement Officers the tricks to avoid tickets and readily understand any parking sign you may come across!
  • Get one-on-one, hands on instruction from a certified driving instructor on how to parallel park like a pro!
  • Learn tips on parking and driving safety for two and four wheeled vehicles!

If you’re as hesitant as we are, at least know that you’ll be given two hours of complimentary parking at the PPA’s “newly renovated Parkade” (a parking garage at 8th and Filbert streets) if you attend.

Space is limited. Those interested should register by emailing partnerwithppa@philapark.org. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on June 9th.

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Lawyers Say Stop-and-Frisk Still Targets Black Residents in Philly

A report released earlier this month found that stop-and-frisk practices were slowly improving in Philly.

But follow-up analysis compiled by the same group – plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the city – claims that stop-and-frisk still disproportionately affects minority residents – particularly black men and women.

According to data released yesterday, black pedestrians accounted for 70 percent of stop-and-frisks conducted in Philly in the second half of 2016. Black and Latino residents were the target of 77 percent of stop-and-frisks during that same time period. Read more »

WATCH: Will Smith Reps Philly at Cannes

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Will Smith is apparently having more fun than anyone else at the Cannes Film Festival.

The West-Philly born and raised rapper/songwriter/producer/Grammy-winning actor was among nine people chosen to jury this year’s film festival – and when reporters asked him how he was feeling about the opportunity, he gave Philly (and Fresh Prince) a shoutout.

“I grew up in West Philadelphia — yes, born and raised, yes, thank you,” Smith said in a press conference, per this Rueters video. “West Philadelphia is a long way from the Cannes Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival is the ultimate prestige in cinema. So I’m excited to be here, and, more than anything, learn.”  Read more »

Report: Pa. Distracted Driving Citations Climbed 52 Percent in Two Years

Distracted driving citations rose by 52 percent in Pennsylvania between 2014 and 2016, according to a new analysis of court records.

The report was compiled by PA Courts InfoShare, part of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. It’s illegal to send, read or write text-based messages or emails while driving in Pennsylvania – and using headphones are earbuds are also forbidden while driving.  Read more »

Here’s the Guy Who Hit a Kid With an SUV in Kensington

Left: SUV driver Vince Broomall in a state photo. Right: an image from the surveillance video that shows the SUV driving down the sidewalk just after hitting a young boy.

If you see Vince Broomall behind the wheel of a car, you might want to get out of his way. Philly Mag has learned that the 26-year-old Aston resident was the one driving the SUV (his mom’s SUV, by the way) that hit an 11-year-old boy in Kensington on Tuesday, May 16th. And while Broomall hasn’t been arrested or charged in last week’s incident, he has had some run-ins with the cops related to his driving. Read more »

Philly to Hold Vigil for Manchester Terrorist Attack Victims


People attend a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, England, Tuesday May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on Monday night. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Following a horrific terrorist attack that left 22 people dead and at least 59 wounded in Manchester, England last night, two Philly groups with connections to the British city will hold a solidarity vigil for the victims.

The “Philly Loves Manchester” vigil, organized by the Manchester United Football Club of Philly and the Manchester City Supports Club of Philly, will be held between 5 and 8 p.m. at City Hall.  Read more »

Broad Street Line Delayed After Person Struck on Track

Photo | Flickr user Paul Sableman under a Creative Commons license

A person was struck by a train this morning on SEPTA’s Broad Street Line.

The incident occurred early this morning at the BSL’s Ellsworth-Federal stop in South Philadelphia.

Service has resumed at the station after a temporary shutdown this morning, but the transportation agency said to expect residual delays and crowded conditions throughout the day.   Read more »

Penn Student Sustains Brain Injury After Falling From Campus Building


The Riepe College House via iStock/f11photo

A rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling 25 to 30 feet from a campus building earlier this month.

According to the student-run Daily Pennsylvanian, Mason Mings, an engineering and Wharton student, fell from the second story of the Riepe College House, located at 310 S. 36th Street, on May 11th.  Read more »

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