Old garden sold to developers; Arrests in South Street shooting; Where to eat arepas | Morning overview

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Memorial Garden, which has been in existence for 19 years, has recently received a redesign, funded by PHS. But this spring it was designated a vacant lot for redevelopment.

  • The Landbank initially awarded the entire space — dedicated to victims of violence — to a developer through the city’s new program for first-time homeowners. After protests, the plan will probably be adjusted.

Those who take care of the garden are struggling, Jordan Levy reports, as they work with officials to strike a balance between green space and the housing needed.

Both Venezuela and Colombia claim arepas, but the corn cakes actually have indigenous roots that transcend borders.

  • Some cultural differences persist: Venezuelan arepas are usually savory pouches of meat, cheese, and beans, while the Colombian variety is often sweeter and usually covered in butter.

Do you want to try them? Billy Penn’s Bibiana Correa describes four arepa vendors in and around the city.

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Due to the South Street mass shooting, Mayor Kenney returned to Philly at noon yesterday, a few days ahead of schedule.

Today, Kenney attends a groundbreaking gathering in front of the Reading Terminal Market (10:30am), where a block from Filbert Street will become the city’s premier roadway that can transform from a vehicular path to a pedestrian plaza complete with retractable bollards.

Tomorrow! Cutting through the BS budget: Join Billy Penn at Parks on Tap for a happy hour chat with Controller Rebecca Rhynhart about how Philly spends taxpayers’ money — and who gets a say in the process. Free with RSVP. (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 8 June)

Join Billy Penn Reporter Michaela Winberg, host of ‘March On’, for happy hour at Cockatoo in the Gayborhood, with a VinChelle drag performance followed by a discussion of modern Pride. Free with RSVP. (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15)

👔 The Meek Mill-affiliated Reform Alliance and Hire! Philly is hosting a job fair at Wells Fargo Center, with openings for all who are looking, but especially single parents, veterans, and previously incarcerated people. (10 am to 4 pm Thursday 9 June)

🛹 The Rail Park is closing Noble Street for its first-ever block party and a free day-long party featuring a pop-up skate park, transit-themed Quizzo, and food deals. (Saturday 11 June 2 pm to 8 pm)

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