As Eagles fever takes hold of the region like nothing in recent history, what’s a business to do if it’s named after the rival Super Bowl city? Temporarily rebrand. That’s the strategy adopted by several of the Philly-based outposts of national chicken chain Boston Market. Per photos posted to social media, both the Frankford location in the Northeast and the Snyder Plaza location in South Philly are, for the time being, “Philly Market” instead. And per a statement emailed to Billy Penn, corporate HQ "fully supports" the move.
From 2011 to 2015, one road saw 13 percent of Philly's traffic fatalities and 6 percent of its accidents. Yep, the highway-like strip that is Roosevelt Boulevard. 177th District Rep. John Taylor called the safety of the North/Northeast Philly traffic artery a "long-term, unresolvable matter." He introduced an amendment to Pa. Senate Bill 172 that would require speed cameras along the Boulevard. But despite good intentions, he expects the bill to get pushback — from those who say speed cameras are an infringement of their privacy.
In the days after designer Mark Adams put up his new shirts on his Hog Island Press site — the ones that had "Grease them poles" printed on a police shield over a kelly green background — they were all over the internet and the news. No surprise, they sold out quickly. Adams is hard at work on a second batch, and you'll be able to buy them this week. But you won't be able to order online. This round of shirts is only available to purchase in person. Look for them starting Wednesday afternoon at Old City boutique Philadelphia Independents.
At the 60th annual Grammy Awards last night, Philly band The War on Drugs won Best Rock Album for A Deeper Understanding, the group's fourth full-length album. It wasn't all golden gramophones for Philadelphia, which repped well at the event, as local rapper Lil Uzi Vert was passed over for Best New Artist, and ensemble The Crossing did not snag Best Choral Performance. But this was critically acclaimed War on Drugs' first nomination, and they crushed it. Can we look to this as the start a week of Philly wins?
Representatives from Fair Districts PA and the Committee of Seventy will talk about the current state of PA's congressional districts — which are up in the air after the state Supreme Court ordered the map redrawn.
Where: Palumbo Recreation Center at 725 S. 10th St., 19147
When: January 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
How much: Free