Newsletter for Monday, Dec. 29
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Good morning from the banks of the Schuylkill; photo via Instagram user @scottobeysgiant.
HERE’S WHY IT’S TOUGH FOR POORER PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS
The Associated Press crunched some numbers this weekend on how much public school districts spend to educate kids. The results aren’t pretty. When Corbett took office, richer districts spent $740 more per student than poorer districts. Today, it’s $1,800 more per student — yikes. The AP took the figures to Corbett, and asked him to reflect on the changes. In typical Tom Corbett fashion, the lame duck governor agreed it’s a huge problem, blamed it on someone else (the state House and Senate), put a $1.5 billion price tag on it, and asked “So who do I take it away from?” Nobody, Tom. You’re almost done here.
WAWA HQ TO GET HUGE, INCLUDING A TEST KITCHEN
Get ready for some RIDICULOUS SHORTIS, people: Wawa is getting a brand-spanking-new corporate HQ out in the wilds of DelCo. The details: The convenience brand just bought a 4.3-acre plot, and is planning some building. There’s a 98,000-square-foot office building in the works, for instance. Yeah, the plan includes boring stuff like a parking garage — but on top of that garage is an “innovation and design center,” including a test kitchen, reports the Delaware County Times. As long as that innovation doesn’t include changing the coffee for the worse, Billy Penn approves.
IT’S HARD OUT THERE FOR A MUMMER
There’ll be one less Mummers group on the streets this New Year’s Day. The Inquirer has the scoop on why the Original Trilby String Band couldn’t pull it together to join the parade; in a nutshell, City Hall killed prize money just as the productions got super elaborate (read: expensive), and fewer people dress up silly and get crazy drunk in the name of tradition.
TO DO: MUMMERSFEST (WHILE YOU STILL CAN)
WHAT: MummersFest — learn the history and watch rehearsals for Philly’s big New Year’s parade
WHERE: The Pennsylvania Convention Center
WHEN: 5-9 PM
HOW MUCH: $4
BILLY PENN LIKES
TOP PHILLY CHEFS ON PHILLY MAG’S TOP 50 RESTAURANTS
Billy Penn‘s panel of experts: Laurel’s Nicholas Elmi, Fork/High Street on Market’s Eli Kulp, Sbraga’s eponymous Kevin; Vedge’s Rich Landau, Townsend’s own Townsend Wentz, Serpico’s Peter Serpico, Marigold Kitchen’s Andrew Kochan and Cheu Noodle Bar’s Shawn Darragh. We asked them to look at Philly Mag‘s Top 50 Philadelphia restaurants list; what came back was what surprised them, their favorites, and what’s missing.
BILLY PENN PRESENTS ALL OF THE LISTS
So it’ll be 2015 in a few days — while you get a chance to think about how to type that date with a straight face (rough guess: you’ll have it down by March), Billy Penn is looking back at the year that was. From big developments in Philly media to the tech and startup scene, the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and #SaveLittlePetes to big millennial wins like the Forbes conference and all those beer gardens, let’s head down memory lane together.