Everything went back to normal, at least for a few days this week. Now though, Philadelphia is prepping for a possible hurricane. That’s a pope visit, followed by a hurricane threat. It’s been particularly rough on Mayor Michael Nutter, who at least found out people loved the traffic box so much they want it back. Billy Penn recaps these stories and more from the week and pairs them with music as part of the Billy Penn Playlist.
Philadelphia is going to make the traffic box a semi-permanent thing. After everyone enjoyed the lack of cars in Center City last weekend, the group Open Streets PHL petitioned for it to happen every once in a while in the future, and Nutter says he wants Philly to do it again by year’s end.
Some Philadelphians will surely miss the pope. Others will miss that cute girl who fell off the seminary wall. The papal visit made for better Craigslist missed connections than you could ever ask for.
“Give a Man a Rod,” James Blake
Nutter needed a little fishing trip after the pope weekend, and he got one at the grand opening of Pier 68.