Newsletter for Wednesday, April 15
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Things are in bloom at the Art Museum. Photo via @oskhernandez on Instagram.
HELLO, PRADA: WHAT COULD REPLACE THE GALLERY
The new plans for what developers want in place of the Gallery are out, and wow, that looks different. The Inquirer talked to everyone involved — here’s the gist: A huge revamp, from the entrance to the tiles to the stores. No more K-mart, no more weird steps and cash-for-gold shops. Goodbye Gallery; hello, Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia, feat. Burberry, Gucci and Prada. What could stop it? That half-a-billion-dollar price tag, for one. Consider: The project needs $575 million; almost $40 million just from Harrisburg. Now, $15 million is already committed there, but how much do those Congress-critters LOVE Philly projects…? We’ll see! (Also, The Inky notes, look at those… tasteful… lit-up signs in the rendering. Everyone will love them!) Still, it would mean more jobs and a huge shot in the arm for the finally-turning-around Market East corridor. So! Let’s see if developers and the city can’t wrangle all these cats to get this (or something like it) done.
OBAMA’S COATTAILS, A THOUSAND CALLS: HOW CANDIDATES GOTV
Though “Get out the vote” strategies can turn an election in the last five days of a race, the candidates for mayor must first build a foundation. Their staffs repeat messages over and over wherever people are: Mass transit stations, front doors, at events and forums or on the phone. On weeknights, volunteers can make up to 1,000 phone calls on a mayoral candidate’s behalf. They can knock on 1,000 doors on the weekend. They’ll try to reach the same people multiple times in hopes that they will actually remember to mail the voter registration form — or, better yet, convince someone the candidate can do something for them. Here’s how the candidates for Philly mayor are getting out the vote.
TO DO: THE NYT REPORTER WHO SAID IRAQ HAD WMDS
WHAT: Judith Miller talks about her memoir (front-page NYT stories on WMDs in Iraq!) with NewsWorks’ Dick Polman
WHERE: The Free Library, 19th & Vine
WHEN: 7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
MED STUDENTS STEALING CADAVERS: THE SCANDAL THAT ROCKED PHILLY 130 YEARS AGO
West Philly’s Lebanon Cemetery isn’t on city maps these days, but in its prime, it was the final resting place of choice for many — especially, Hidden City notes, African-American soldiers who fought in the Civil War. So when the Philadelphia Press reported that students from nearby Jefferson College were spiriting corpses away from the graveyard to practice dissection, a national scandal ensued.
PHILLY WILDLIFE, FROM BENGAL TIGERS TO HORNY TOADS
What kind of wildlife will you find in Philly? Everything, it turns out, from Bengal tigers and monitor lizards to the odd scorpion, not to mention deer and black bears. It’s a wild world out there, Billy Penn found — especially that special section of Roxborough where officials block traffic so horny toads can get their shwerve on.