Stately Fishtown abode (Instagram/@therowhousecity)

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

The site at 15th and Arch where Philadelphia’s first Portland Loo will be installed, on March 29. (Asha Prihar/Billy Penn)

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

Sam’s Morning Glory Diner, at 10th and Fitzwater streets in South Philadelphia. (Clifton Jackson for Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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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.).


💰 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)