Newsletter for Thursday, Sept. 10
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
City Hall is reflected in a puddle on a rainy Thursday; photo via @beansauer on Instagram.
ST JOE’S STEPS UP SECURITY AFTER ARMED ROBBERIES
Students at St. Joseph’s University are on edge after four armed robberies in a matter of weeks. According to Channel 6, police are looking for two to four teens aged 14-17 who robbed students using a handgun while riding bicycles. The robberies happened between 8:30 pm and 12:30 am. Students told the station they’ve begun walking together, especially off-campus. The University says it’s stepped up patrols in the area.
LE BOK FIN NEIGHBORS ARE OK WITH THE BEER GARDEN
Le Bok Fin has been the target of Internet outrage after a Philadelphia teacher wrote that it’s wrong for the neighborhood and is insensitive to those who live there because it attracts “young, white people – the sort who build start-ups and attend expensive, pointless pop-ups and don’t worry about the community that was already there.” Her post created a contentious discussion; comments were shut down. Then a Yelper started encouraging one-star reviews. So we talked to residents of the neighborhood — the ones we reached really don’t mind the party that’s started in the former school.
Jose Garces has reimagined the first floor of his 7-year-old West Philly modern Mexican as a casual taqueria. Head upstairs if you want the fancier plates from the old menu, but settle in downstairs to dig into $3.50 tacos, $9.50 burritos and $9.50 quesadillas. There's new decor, too, including swing-set seating and glitter hi-tops. Look for drink specials throughout the opening day.
Where: Distrito at 3945 Chestnut St.
When: September 10, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $3 to $5 for drinks on special
BILLY PENN LIKES
THIS ESSAY WON POPE TICKETS FROM A CRAIGSLIST ‘ROBIN HOOD’
On Tuesday, the World Meeting of Families released 10,000 tickets to Pope Francis’ event at Independence Hall. Within minutes, they had been claimed. Also within minutes, the tickets appeared on Craigslist. Rather than sell them, one Craigslist post sought to give them away in an essay contest. Channel 6 spoke with “Devin,” the “Robin Hood of sorts,” who offered the tickets via the contest. With permission from its author, we’ve re-published one of the two winning essays.
HOW THE POPE SECURITY PLANS COMPARE TO OBAMA’S INAUGURAL
While Philadelphia’s stringent security measures to prepare for the pope’s visit at the end of the month are new to this city and causing plenty of concern, they aren’t unique. Back in 2009, Washington D.C. shut down for Obama’s inauguration and the plans resembled those of Philadelphia’s, particularly its traffic box and road closures. “If you take a look at our map from 2009,” said Robert Thomson, the Washington Post’s transportation columnist, “you’ll think this is the Secret Service following the playbook they used from 2009.” So how exactly did security and transportation work for the Obama inauguration? And how did it turn out? Here’s what we found.