Newsletter for Thursday, March 26
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
What, your commute last night didn’t feature a gymnastics routine? Broad Street Line pic via @skaups on Instagram.
U.S. CENSUS: PHILLY’S STILL GROWING
Some news on the population front: The Inquirer reports today that the city added 4,245 residents in 2014. So we grew! And our suburbs grew even more, particularly Montgomery and Chester counties. But it’s maybe cause for concern that the growth we saw came from new people (literally): Births. Not, as the city’s hoping, people who find the town so irresistible that they move here. “We still have more people leaving the city,” Temple University demographer David Elesh told the paper. “It suggests that as people have children, they may be likely to consider a suburban home instead of a city home.” Yep, because they’re worried about the state of Philly’s public schools. But the glass-half-full outlook: At least we’re not shrinking…
Q&A: GOP CHIEF CORMAN ON BOOZE, POT AND WHY HE LOVES UBER
Centre County Sen. Jake Corman took over in November as the majority leader of the state Senate after Dominic Pileggi, who represents Delaware and Chester counties, was ousted from his position by his colleagues. Since then, Corman’s tried to come across as a more conservative leader of the state Republican party — Pileggi was pushed out for being too moderate — but has already made statements that have eased Philadelphians’ concerns that they lost an ally in the GOP. Billy Penn sat down in Harrisburg with Corman to talk about booze, pot, Uber, education and how we can keep millennials in Pennsylvania cities. Here’s what he said.
MAYFAIR: WHERE PRESIDENTS CAMPAIGN AND SLY WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL
One hundred years ago, Mayfair was mainly farmland, a place featuring residents who rarely considered making a trip into Center City. After the postwar boom and the extension of the El, it became and remains a popular neighborhood for families. Today, Mayfair features one of Esquire’s favorite bars and arguably the city’s most famous diner, a place where presidents like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have stopped by to campaign. It’s the latest stop in Billy Penn‘s Neighborhood Project.
TO DO: DANCE IN DILWORTH PARK
WHERE: Dilworth Park
WHEN: 6-7 PM
HOW MUCH: Free!
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE LIBERTY BELL? MEH. THE BEST BAD YELP REVIEWS FOR PHILLY LANDMARKS
With the Pope coming to town in September and the DNC next year, Philly’s about to see a massive influx of tourists who think they can ding the Liberty Bell and become shocked when they see how small the LOVE statue is. In our northern suburb, New York City, tourists are the worst people in the world, and the Village Voice highlighted those who seem unimpressed by icons like the Statue of Liberty and Central Park. Billy Penn parsed through Philly Yelp to find the worst of the worst ones here.
VISIT PHILLY IS BIG ON SOCIAL MEDIA. EVERYONE SAYS SO.
A study by Sparkloft Media just declared Visit Philly fifth on the list of top U.S. cities on social media. With 15 social media accounts that reach about 800,000 people, Visit Philly is pretty hard to miss. You’ve probably seen the beautiful shots from their guest Instagrammers, or visited the Facebook page for events listings, but Philadelphians aren’t the only people who know what’s up. All those tourists we love to complain about are checking the city out on social media, too. Visit Philly ranks third on the list of top social media cities for engagement through likes, shares and comments — behind only LA and Vegas.