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North Philly Residents Raise Cry Against Temple Stadium Plans

A crowd of roughly a hundred gathered at the Church | Rob DiRienzo
A crowd of roughly a hundred gathered at the Church of the Advocate to talk about Temple’s relations with the surrounding community. | Rob DiRienzo

[UPDATE, December 7th] Council President Darrell Clarke‘s spokesperson Jane Roh responds: “The 5th District office was not informed about this meeting; otherwise, an attempt would have been made to address residents’ concerns in person. Regardless, the community knows that Council President Clarke considers advocating on their behalf his office’s top priority. When residents expressed their concerns about an advertising campaign at the Cecil B. Moore SEPTA station, Council President Clarke intervened and the issue was addressed. With regard to Temple University’s proposal to build a stadium in North Philadelphia, Council President Clarke is already involved and advocating for the community. He has made it clear that the concerns of the community must be solicited and considered. If that does not happen, neither will the stadium.”

[ORIGINAL] Frustration dominated the conversation at a community meeting held to discuss the proposed Temple football stadium Thursday night.

About a hundred people, both residents of the community and Temple students, gathered at the Church of the Advocate to talk about the stadium. As I have written before, members of the community surrounding the university are less than thrilled about the prospect of a 35,000-seat stadium smack-dab in the middle of their neighborhood. Preliminary plans have called for the demolition of a recreation center and park that sits on the site, and there has been no word where football fans will park – leaving neighbors fearing that their homes will be bought out by the university.

“My grandfather bought my house in the ‘50s. This is my home,” said Glenda Bryant, who is in her third year at Temple. “I remember being a little girl riding down Broad Street seeing Temple and wanting to be a Temple student. Now, I’m not as proud.” Continue reading “North Philly Residents Raise Cry Against Temple Stadium Plans”

Eagles Fans Honor Victims of Paris Terror Attacks

Philadelphia Paris Solidarity
Photo | Jeff Fusco

Even though the Birds didn’t come out on top, there was a strong sense of unity among fans at the Linc yesterday.

Some paid their respects by flying French flags. Others made signs, including this one which reads “We are all French:”

Photo | Jeff Fusco
Photo | Jeff Fusco

There was a moment of silence before the kickoff of every game in the NFL yesterday. If you listen closely, the one at the Linc punctuated that trademark Philly attitude (warning, NSFW): Continue reading “Eagles Fans Honor Victims of Paris Terror Attacks”

College Protesters: “We Are #Mizzou”

A crowd of about 300 took to the middle of Broad Street Thursday evening to make a point about student debt and racial inequality.

As part of the Million Student March taking place nationwide, students from Temple, Penn, Community College of Philadelphia, and Drexel began at their own campuses and then converged at City Hall. Their demands are familiar: $15 an hour minimum wage, student debt forgiveness, and free education.

But much of the protest’s focus was on race, especially in light of the recent unrest at the University of Missouri and Yale University. Continue reading “College Protesters: “We Are #Mizzou””

SEPTA on Temple-Cecil B. Moore Station Flap: “We Made a Mistake”

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Workers install the signage in August. Screenshot | Temple/YouTube

The Cecil B. Moore stop on the Broad Street Line has been the subject of some embarrassment for SEPTA officials over the past couple weeks.

The balled up remnants of the ads. Photo | Margo Reed, The Temple News
The balled up remnants of the ads sit outside the station. Photo | Margo Reed, The Temple News

Cherry-colored decals coating the station — both at street level and underground —were mysteriously removed two weekends ago following outcry from civil rights activists. According to SEPTA officials, the Cecil B. Moore Freedom Fighters took issue with the ads. They felt that they were over-the-top and — without signage on the street level indicating the actual name of the station — overshadowed the station’s namesake, a 1960s Philadelphia Civil Rights icon. Continue reading “SEPTA on Temple-Cecil B. Moore Station Flap: “We Made a Mistake””

Philly is Fourth Worst City For Building Wealth

Gorgeous. | Shutterstock.com
Gorgeous. | Shutterstock.com

Of the 18 largest cities in the United States, Philadelphia is the fourth worst for building wealth according to a study from Bankrate.

The study examined five factors: how much you can save after living expenses, the health of the job market, the housing market, access to financial services, and educational opportunities to help advance careers. Continue reading “Philly is Fourth Worst City For Building Wealth”