For at least a decade, Laura and Todd Lacy have been hoping someone would open a brewery in Germantown, the area of Philadelphia they've come to consider home. When no one stepped up, they decided to do it themselves. Attic Brewing, which is targeting an early 2019 launch, will be designed for the neighborhood, with space for live music and community events, plus a beer lineup that goes way beyond IPAs. The Lacys are also setting up their neighbors as potential partners — instead of crowdfunding via donations, they're looking for microinvestors.
Dateline NBC aired a show dedicated to Meek Mill's story last night, with interviews Lester Holt conducted less than 18 hours after the Philly rapper was released from prison. Meek used his time in the spotlight to highlight the idea that this is bigger than him — that he's just one of many caught in an unjust system. "I feel like god put me in a position to be the voice of the voiceless," he told Holt, per Complex Mag. "Let's retire the #FreeMeekMill hashtag and make it hashtag #ReformJustice."
The news that cops would begin enforcing no-trespass laws at Graffiti Pier was ill received by many who've grown to appreciate the abandoned site as a street art mecca. In an opinion piece for PlanPhilly, Conrad Benner of the blog Streets Dept. drew a parallel between the loss of that semi-public space and LOVE Park, which he also considers a loss, given its bland new design. Others have pointed out that the pier is actually private, so lumping it in with a city park might not be appropriate. Benner, however, sees them all as "community-created public spaces" — ones the city doesn't seem to appreciate.
Another Broad Street Run is in the books, with more than 40,000 people making their way down the center of Philly. NBC10 has a gallery of really good pics from the race, which is the largest 10-miler in the U.S., and has become something of a spectacle. This year there was apparently a live piano player on the route (though we still haven't seen pics). Also plenty of soft pretzels on the route, of course. And at the finish line, this future groom surprised his new fiancee by popping the question on camera.
The Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia is hosting a panel to explore what transit authorities and other stakeholders are doing to deal with the crazy amounts of traffic and congestion that come from being a city on the rise.
Where: Center for Architecture + Design at 1218 Arch St., 19107
When: May 8, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free