Let’s allow the ridiculousness of this “map” of where protestors are going to be “allowed” to protest to sink in…

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A lot of you never go here, but this is FDR Park, which is that big emptyish area you see on your right as you pass the stadium complex on the way to Phils games.   You will remember just how wide Broad Street is down in this part of South Philadelphia.   You will also remember how big the massive parking lot ocean is before you even approach the front door of the Wells Fargo Center.

What’s the distance, you ask?   Here:

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The closest you could ever get that Mayor Kenney will let you protest in hopes that a delegate smoking a cigarette outside the center might notice your tiny sign from far away?   Here:

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Of course, media will surely be hanging out in the First Amendment Containment Zone to gloss over the jumble of far-left liberal causes whatever activist in town and out of town hopes to get re-tweeted, but as for conventioneers themselves–Mayor Kenney is prepared to deploy as much of the Philadelphia Police as possible to ensure that no delegate coming here will ever have to be inconvenienced by political speech.

We’re a city that is fairly used to traffic-choking strikes and rando protests that shut down blocks and sometimes gridlock Center City.  Marches up Market Street.  Up Broad Street.   Takeovers of Rittenhouse Square.   I’ve had to endure tortuous bus stoppages for silly stuff like foie gras.

This level of “containment” and “management” of political protesting this far out and leading up to the DNC has a common theme.  It’s the exact strategy that was pursued in 1968 in Chicago before Democrats arrived to that city for their convention.  This is the only thing people remember from that convention:

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If there was any lesson to be learned from that summer where “the whole world was watching,” it was that the best way to handle steam is to let the hot air vent itself out.  Mayor Daley’s style to manhandle every aspect of the event was the phosphorous that set the match alight.

Those of us who work in Center City:  we know better.  We know protestors want to create traffic gridlock.  We know they want to make our commutes hell so we can’t get to work.  We know that it will be very difficult getting to and from the airport for a week.   We know that the freeways will become parking lots.   We know this because we’ve seen it before.   The Republicans came here in 2000, and then they left.  NBD.

I can’t fathom why only a handful of the two dozen of protest permit applications have actually been signed and the rest to sit in carefully orchestrated limbo, only making the activists behind those protests even hotter.   A First Amendment Containment Zone for a constitutional amendment that isn’t limited to geography is  royally stupid to anyone with a basic understanding of civics.  Bonus: you’re shitting on grassroots people within your own party for doing that.

Does Mayor Kenney really want to see overturned burning cars?  Is that what the DNC wants to see?  Is that the image you want appearing on France24 for days?

C’mon, Jim.  For once in your life, stop acting like a fucking bureaucrat and get real.

John Longacre [Philadelphia Business Journal]
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Sources familiar with this matter have let it be known to Philadelinquency that the Internal Revenue Service may have come after South Philadelphia developer John Longacre, owner of LPMG Real Estate and proprietor of the South Philly Tap Room, with a lien for unpaid payroll and income taxes for over one-hundred thousand dollars.

PDQ preliminary research has revealed an IRS lien was filed late May of this year against an entity known as Longacre Holdings LLC which shares an address with LPMG Real Estate, the main public face of Longacre’s development projects.

Longacre has been in the news recently for an investigation and lawsuit related to one of his businesses not complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Just…. who the fuck puts a dumpster right on South Street?

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Apparently, MilkBoy does.   Their satellite location on South Street has started to tick off neighbors, especially nearby business owners on South Street, who have never been allowed to perma-store their garbage directly on Philly’s famous entertainment thoroughfare.

Apparently MilkBoy gets a pass no one else gets.

And now it’s summer.   And hot.   And sticky.   And moist.

Just… fucking get rid of that thing and put your private collection out on the street the night before, like the three different fooderies that existed at 4th and South before you came along.

Until then, I ask you to vote with your feet.   Pass Milkboy up, and go to someplace else that doesn’t have a stinky DumpSter sitting out front.

Bye, Milkboy.   It’s a #MILKBOYCOTT.

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The wheels of justice in Philadelphia is prosecuting fewer and fewer cases with illegal guns.   The trend began after an uptick in March, signaling that more criminals in Philly were being caught with firearms on and around them in their possession.  Immediately in the month thereafter, that figure dropped like a rock.

June is on track to be the worst month ever for prosecuting people for gun charges.  With only this week and next week remaining in the month, June is likely to not crack 200 cases in a month.

Again: does that mean we are getting any safer?

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If the city’s homicide rate is used as a barometer, which is the most prominent indicator used by the Philadelphia Police, that answer would be no.   We started off 2016 with an unusually active winter that was more violent than normal, and we’ve not let up since then.   Shootings are also up.

In fact, for the years I have available, the year-over-year pattern is that the rate of illegal firearms charges filed in state court tends to make a steady march upward over the summer.   Philadelphia is now heading in the opposite direction.   I doubt the shift reflects a change in criminal behavior.   Our state still does not dramatically ramp up punishment for those repeat offenders who have repeatedly violated state firearm laws–a motivator that would convince more offenders to not be caught with firearms in the first place.

This dramatic drop in the trend of gun crime prosecution is interesting, and I’ll be keeping an eye on it.