After feeling othered working in most mainstream tattoo shops, Jasmine Morrell decided to open the Spirited Tattoo Coalition, Philadelphia’s first queer-owned tattoo shop. The West Philadelphia parlor offers an accepting and understanding environment for Philadelphia’s queer community and attracts customers from outside the city, including upstate New York.[vimeo 122689001]
While the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Academy of Natural Sciences and The Franklin Institute line Ben Franklin Parkway, there’s another science museum located 12 miles away in Northeast Philadelphia’s Holmesburg neighborhood. It takes up just two floors above an exterminator and is run by people with little to no formal education of entomology, but it’s exotic insects and hands-on experience attracts parents and schools from all over Northeast Philadelphia.[vimeo 120703932]
Philadelphia City Council passed an ordinance last year that allows the Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) to fine dog owners who keep their pets outdoors when the city issues a Code Blue. With temperatures hitting the single digits this month, these fines have started to take effect.
Knowing that not everyone in Philadelphia can afford to keep their dogs inside all day, the ACCT is using its resources to reach out to the community and educate animal owners on how to make sure their pets are safe and warm outdoors.[vimeo 119482719]
By: Sara Patterson
Ride sharing and taxi service apps like Uber grow in popularity among younger Philadelphians due to their convenience and low prices, though many are unaware of the illegality of some of these services. Bill Schmid, Deputy Director of the Parking Authority’s Taxi and Limo Department, warns users about the danger of getting into cars driven by unregulated drivers.
By: Sara Patterson
Residents of one Philadelphia neighborhood are in a heated legal battle against a medical facility opening in a bustling area.