Newsletter for Friday, July 1
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A rainbow near the Broad Street Line platform; photo via @dvnzlnk on Instagram.
WHERE WILL HILLARY CLINTON END THE DNC IN PHILLY?
Discussions are in the works to move Hillary Clinton’s presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention away from the Wells Fargo Center to a larger location, Billy Penn has learned. Philly Congressman Bob Brady said nothing has been finalized but “there’s talk about it,” and “it’s a good idea by the way, too… It engages people and gets people involved.” The DNC’s deputy press secretary, Morgan Finklestein, denied our report. But here’s what we know.
PA BUDGET PROPOSAL INCLUDES $10M FOR THE DNC
The state is hoping to send $10 million in funds to help cover costs for the Democratic National Convention happening here in Philly in about three weeks — so long as the budget passes as is. (Both chambers have passed a spending plan; they just need to figure out how to pay for it.) Buried deep in the 2016-17 proposed budget that’s circulating now is a $10 million line item to the Department of Community and Economic Development titled “for regional event security and support.” Multiple sources have indicated that’s been set aside for the DNC. Why that’s welcome news for the host committee that’s facing a budgetary shortfall of its own.
YOU CAN NO LONGER GET A SEPTA KEY FOR THE PILOT PROGRAM
Less than three weeks into a mostly glitch-free pilot program, SEPTA is running out of the Key. As of Wednesday, 9,906 passes had been redeemed for the pilot program that launched June 13. A cap for the program had been set at 10,000 Key cards. SEPTA spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee said sales stopped at the end of the day Thursday with sales possibly going above the 10,000 mark. Though new customers won’t be able to purchase the Key, those who already have one will be able to replenish their Key card with new weekly or monthly passes. Here’s what happens now.
|What||The adorable patio behind this farm-to-table pioneer will host a party every Friday of summer. Price includes food — small bites, house-cured charcuterie, cheese, pickles — and fresh juice mixers.|
|Where||Russet at 1521 Spruce St. 19102|
|When||July 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm|
|How much||$20 per person|
BILLY PENN LIKES
INSIDE ALBERT BARNES’ OLD HOME IN MERION STATION
Nearly every piece of property associated with renowned art collector Albert Barnes now has a different use than he intended. The building that once served as his residence in Merion Station and housed his artwork for decades now sits mostly unused. The nearby house Barnes lived in before the foundation was built is now home to St. Joseph University’s Office of Advancement. Another Barnes home in Chester has been closed and unused for years. There’s only one real piece of Barnes’ design work left in use for its original purpose: His other house in Merion Station. Here’s what it’s like inside.
THE PA REPUBLICANS WHO’LL NOMINATE TRUMP IN CLEVELAND
Donald Trump’s problems leading up to the Republican National Convention in mid-July now go way beyond the fact that it may not be well-attended by GOP elites. Now, the guy is struggling to find people to speak on his behalf. Politico talked to dozens of top Republicans about whether or not they’re going to the convention and if they’d be willing to participate in a speaking engagement if asked. So we reached out to the top R’s in Pennsylvania to pull together a list of who’s going to the convention, who’d be willing to speak or take part and who’s snubbing Cleveland entirely. Here’s what we’ve got so far.