Newsletter for Wednesday, April 22
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
What it looks like for a toddler at Philly’s Magic Gardens. Photo via @andrea_cannon on Instagram.
OH THE PLACES THEY’VE BEEN: MAYORAL CANDIDATE EDITION
Running for public office of course takes a large amount of time and effort — so much so that five out of the six candidates don’t have current jobs in order to focus on their campaigns. But this year has felt different than other primaries, and some campaigns have quietly expressed that the sheer volume of mayoral forums and debates hosted by every group, association and media organization that wants one has become overwhelming. We got schedules for five of the major candidates. They were — literally — all over the place.
GUEST COLUMN: WHY INDEGO IS UNSAFE AND WON’T WORK
In case you haven’t heard, Indego officially debuts this Thursday. About 60 stations across the city will be filled with cyan-blue street cruisers that can be rented for cheap and ridden all over. Members will receive custom fobs linked to credit or debit cards, but tourists looking to try out the service can “WalkUp,” as Indego calls it, and pay on site for a slightly higher fee. In theory, this is all great. Billy Penn guest columnist Sarah Baicker loves riding her bike around Philly — but she has serious doubts that this thing will fly here.
TO DO: AN EARTH DAY SCAVENGER HUNT
WHAT: The Green Challenge — Download MilkCrate’s brand-new version and subscribe to Green Philly Blog’s newsletter. Clues will arrive by email or on blogs. You’ll have until 7:30 p.m. to arrive at W/N W/N Coffee Bar with your clues.
WHEN: 8 AM – 8 PM
HOW MUCH: FREE
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PHILLY BROADCASTERS REMEMBER HARRY KALAS
For many who grew up with the Phillies, Harry Kalas is synonymous with baseball. During his 39 years as the voice of the Phillies, Kalas earned the love and respect of players and fans well beyond the region. Jack Williams, the founder of Comcast SportsNet, said Kalas was, “my idol when it comes to sportscasters.” Billy Penn caught up recently with Williams, Action News Anchor Jim Gardner and retired VP/GM of Comcast Spotlight Jim Gallagher to get their thoughts on the man who was the voice of the Phillies for so long.
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LIVE ON ELFRETH’S ALLEY
Elfreth’s Alley feels a bit like Disney World and a bit like Venice, so beautiful and so touristy that it seems more like a painting or a museum than an actual place to live. But people live in the Alley’s 32 houses. That’s why it has the distinction as America’s oldest continuously inhabited street. They put up with sometimes-loud, sometimes-intrusive tourists, knowing they have the perks of living near some of Philadelphia’s best shopping, restaurants and entertainment while spending every day in a slice of history. Here’s what some of them told us.