Newsletter for Wednesday, Sept. 23
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The Art Museum commemorates the Pope Francis visit with a Latin and Spanish twist on the LOVE statue. Photo via @mbhunt11 on Instagram.
POPE PEDALS: WHERE YOU CAN (AND CAN’T) BIKE THIS WEEK
The week of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia is finally here. With no cars allowed to drive in or out of much of Center City, and with public transit operating on a semi-restricted schedule, bicycles are a great fallback for getting around. But what are the rules and where can you go? Can you lock your bike up outside without fear it will be taken away? Will Indego stations be open? Can you bike over the Ben Franklin Bridge? What about on the Schuylkill River Trail? Find all the answers right here.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU GOT POPE-TOWED
Pope parking nightmares have officially commenced. Confusion started yesterday when the PPA posted signs in Old City showing that towing would begin a day earlier than originally planned, but the parking authority told Billy Penn it was correcting the issue. And if you pre-purchased a placard for your car, you allegedly have until Thursday evening to remove your car from its designated location. So what happens if you get towed? Just follow these steps (not unlike the five stages of grief).
One of 100 exact reproductions of Michelangelo's Pieta -- while the original is at the Vatican, this one's available to see for free right here in town.
Where: The Pennsylvania Convention Center at 1101 Arch Street
When: September 23, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
How much: Free
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THE PILGRIM NERVE CENTER IS IN FELTONVILLE
Welcome to the Streets Department’s new Traffic Operations Center, housed in its Traffic Signal and Sign Shop. This new space that opened last week — just in time to monitor traffic and congestion during the Papal visit — is in the Sign Shop building, a Feltonville neighborhood staple since 1958. Chief Traffic and Lighting Engineer Richard Montanez showed Billy Penn around the new facility and told us of the history of the old one last week. Here’s what’s inside.
FRANCIS STYLE: WHAT THE POPE IS WEARING, EXPLAINED
Pope Francis is known for his simplicity. While some past popes have been attracted to garb adorned with gold trimmings and jewels, Francis has been known to keep it real, whether it’s humble gestures like washing the feet of prisoners, or just keeping his attire simple. Pope Francis will perform a mass in Philadelphia on the Parkway on Sunday. Let’s go over some of the vestments he’s worn before during services, so you you’ll be able to understand papal fashion.