Newsletter for Thursday, Feb. 5
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Philly’s neighborhoods as its skyline; image via @Aphillyated on Instagram.
BILLY PENN PRESENTS THE 2015 MAYORAL CANDIDATES IN HIGH SCHOOL
The six Philadelphia mayoral candidates have achieved great success throughout their lives. Lynne Abraham has been the city’s district attorney, Tony Williams is a state senator, Jim Kenney has introduced legislation for environmental and gay rights as a City Councilman and so on. But at one point all of them were teenagers. They joined geeky clubs. They worked hard to pay their own way through school or for extracurricular activities. They played football. And Williams rocked an afro Dr. J would envy. Billy Penn collected yearbook photos for all of the candidates (except Milton Street, though we tried) and talked to many of them about their high school lives. Come learn more about the Philadelphia mayoral candidates’ formative years.
DEFUNCT PHILLY SCHOOL LIBRARIES GET HELP
Students at Andrew Hamilton School in West Philly went 10 years without access to library books. Ten years! A lot of Philly public schools have been limping along without libraries. Things are getting a little less depressing though, thanks to the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, which has helped 13 schools in Southwest and West Philly re-establish their libraries. Check out this NewsWorks report about how WePAC is helping thousands of kids get back into their school libraries.
TO DO: HANG WITH THE ATLANTIC’S EDITOR
WHAT: Scott Stossel talks about his book “My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind”
WHERE: The Free Library’s Central branch, 1901 Vine Street
WHEN: 7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
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CONVERTED CHURCHES, OLD FACTORIES: HOW TO LIVE IN PHILLY’S PAST
Our city brims with apartments, condos and lofts that used to be something else, be it a church, factory, high-end jewelry shop or historic office building. With tons of old buildings that have gone unused or neglected and cheap prices for developers creating optimal conditions, these — we’ll call them funky apartment complexes — have been getting built throughout Center City, Northern Liberties, Fishtown and beyond. Here are a few.
‘BOB’S BURGERS’ DUDE DOES FISHTOWN WEB SERIES
You’ve heard his super deep voice before: It’s the guy who plays Archer on “Archer” AND America’s favorite awkward dad Bob Belcher on Fox’s adult cartoon show, “Bob’s Burgers.” And now, the voice of H. Jon Benjamin can be heard on the new web series “All Over It,” which debuted Monday and follows the lives of young people living and working as a creative collective in a Fishtown loft. Says Bob/Archer: “Creative people live here. They work here on creative things.” Oooh, creative. You can find episodes throughout February on the series’ website and on their YouTube channel.