City nears installation of first municipal public restroom
Construction is underway at 15th and Arch, preparing the Center City corner for Philly’s first permanent public restroom, set to arrive this week.
- A design called the Portland Loo was selected last fall. The standalone metal structure is used by dozens of other cities, including Hoboken, Miami, San Antonio, and Vancouver. It’s coming next year to NYC.
The Love Park location doesn’t yet have a firm launch date, Asha Prihar reports, but it’s the first of Loos to be installed across Philadelphia.
→ West and North Philly are next
South Philly diner’s website hacked, sends users to Trump site
Open for 25 years on a Bella Vista corner, Sam’s Morning Glory Diner is never shy about politics. In 2015, its “Scalia Is a Douche” menu special went viral.
- The diner’s website has been redirected to a fundraiser promoting Trump for president, part of a targeted harassment campaign that began a few years ago, Morning Glory’s owner said.
“They interfered with our phone service. They would call and order food and never pick it up,” she told former BP intern Clifton Jackson.
→ Grandmother and grandson run the restaurant
RECAP: What else happened?
$ = paywalled
- First-quarter campaign finance reports reveal Allan Domb and Helen Gym each have over $1M cash on hand. Domb has spent the most so far ($5.9M), followed by Jeff Brown ($2.1M), Rhynhart ($815k) and Parker ($660k). [PoliticsPA/Inquirer$]
- Covering the finance reports last night, NBC10 mistakenly swapped in candidate Jimmy DeLeon’s face for Brown’s. DeLeon, who did not file a report, joked about the mixup on Instagram. [@Api91Test/@jimmyde46]
- The Delaware River water supply may become too salty to drink in coming decades, thanks to rising sea levels and droughts. [WHYY’s PlanPhilly]
- Philadelphia’s Department of Labor filed its first lawsuit against a local employer for wage theft. Many city workers aren’t aware of all the labor laws Philly has adopted. [Inquirer$/BP 2021]
- The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), a national org based in Philly, gave away 1,791 Pat’s and Geno’s cheesesteaks to honor the 1791 ratification of the First Amendment. [NBC10]
- The Phillies’ home opener has been postponed to Friday because of potential storms this afternoon. SEPTA will run extra trains on the BSL for fans heading down. [MLB/SEPTA]
Nothing public on Mayor Kenney’s schedule today. Other city officials will join WOAR and the Philadelphia Commission for Women outside City Hall to commemorate Teal Day, an annual event drawing attention to sexual harassment, assault, and abuse (12 p.m.).
ON THE CALENDAR
💰 How would you spend Philly taxpayer money? As City Council budget hearings continue, Mural Arts opens the “People’s Budget Office” in Love Park, where you can add a line item and learn more. (5 p.m. Friday, April 7 — and ongoing)
🦚 Mummers-curious can explore what happens behind the scenes as Golden Sunrise NYA — the last remaining Fancy Division club — hosts an open house and workshop tour. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16)
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