Newsletter for Friday, Nov. 21
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A North Philly crowd watches President Obama’s speech announcing executive action on immigration, including Angela Navarro, an undocumented woman who entered sanctuary earlier this week. Photo by Al Dia on Instagram.
PHILLY’S MILLENNIALS MOUTH OFF TO CHANGE ELECTIONS, EDUCATION AND THE CITY
Quotas to stop gentrification in Northern Liberties and Fishtown? Destroy all cars? These were some ideas that flew around at Thursday night’s Great Millennial Mouth-Off, a two-and-a-half-hour session over beer and snacks at ImpactHub on 4th and Thompson streets. The event, part of the State of Young Philly slate, brought out familiar names like politician-turned-documentary-filmmaker Sam Katz and Dilworth Paxson’s Ajay Raju. See some of the ideas from the session here.
JOKES, CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS AND A CODE: PHILLY’S STREET PERFORMERS TELL ALL
One practices his sponge ball magic, another balances a bicycle on his face — meet B. Magnificent and Kyle the Jester, a pair of performers whose stages are the streets of Northern Liberties, Fishtown and Old City. These performers, who can earn enough money to feed a small family, live under a Code, Billy Penn found — respect other performers, stay far enough away to avoid competing, and be on the lookout for things that’ll make it worse for everyone.
NORTHWEST PHILLY GROUP NABS $1.1M FOR BUS SHELTERS AND SIGNS
Ever wonder what a $100,000 bus station looks like? If you live in Northwest Philly, you’re about to find out. That’s because the state of Pennsylvania gave $1.1 million to the community development corporation Mt. Airy USA for 10 bus stations and a series of signs in the Northwest. The project aims to improve “regional wayfinding;” meanwhile, it’s anyone’s guess how you spend $100K on a bus shelter.
TO DO: BEERMOSAS AND MUSIC IN OLD CITY
WHAT: 003 After Dark; Music by Minka and Cheynsaw, art by Scrandy, beermosas by Miller High Life
WHERE: 242 N. 3rd St, 3rd floor
WHEN: 6-9 PM
HOW MUCH: $7 in advance; $10 at door
BILLY PENN LIKES
PHILLY’S SMALL BUSINESSES CAN GET ZERO-INTEREST LOANS THROUGH THIS APP
Here’s the pitch: Crowd-funded no-interest loans for Philly’s small businesses. It’s all made possible via PayPal, using a company called Kiva’s new Zip platform. The City of Philadelphia and the Barra Foundation are behind the effort, in an attempt to help local businesses get startup capital.
YOUR THANKSGIVING FEEL-GOOD MOMENT: HELP A NEW LITERARY MAG GET STARTED
The folks at Geekadelphia have a simple request: They’re looking to help out Apiary, which is seeking enough funds to launch a website and publish two issues of the attendant magazine. There’s an IndieGogo, and you should go there and donate — because Geekadelphia will match every $1 you give, up to $500. What are you waiting for?