Newsletter for Wednesday, Dec. 3
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
UPenn students protest the Ferguson grand jury’s non-indictment with a “die-in.” (Philly’s colleges are doing all their protesting this week; remember, the Missouri case came down as everyone was traveling for Thanksgiving.) Photo via Instagram user @5grandlife.
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: CITY COUNCIL UNVEILS NEW MAPPING TOOL
Dept. of Cool Things: City Council had a demo last night at WHYY for its “Community Sustainability Initiative.” PlanPhilly was there — the program, which was announced this summer, is basically a fancy data analysis and mapping tool. The invite-only crowd got a peek last night, but eventually you’ll be able to click around it online. What’s it do? Oh, just ranks all neighborhoods in the city based on quality-of-life indices: public safety, housing demand and housing stability, access to education, and proximity to neighborhood amenities. (Sounds a little like a serious version of what we did for fun a little while ago with our Philly Neighborhood Index.)
YIP CHIEF: THE STATE OF YOUNG PHILLY IS STRONG
While Young Involved Philadelphia president Nick Marzano can’t put an exact number on attendance for this year’s State of Young Philly week of events, he’s nearly certain the attendance is record-breaking. One concrete differentiator for SOYP 2014: More events and partnerships than ever before. Young Involved Philadelphia, a nonprofit that aims to connect civically-engaged young people, coordinates the State of Young Philly conference. This year’s event wrapped on Nov. 22; Billy Penn caught up with Marzano after the holiday weekend.
HOW PHILLY’S MURALS GO FROM AN IDEA TO A WALL
Philly has 3,600 murals and counting thanks to the efforts of the Mural Arts Program. The program, which is nationally recognized, began in 1984 as an anti-graffiti initiative under Mayor Wilson Goode. It has changed a lot since then — and while it’s added public art projects that aren’t murals (like public gardens and outdoor classrooms) to their portfolio, those giant paintings are still their signature. Here’s how Philly’s murals are born.
TO DO: CHECK OUT JOSE GARCES’ LATEST JOINT — A NIGHTCLUB
WHAT: Nacional 56, an underground lounge beneath Rosa Blanca — Cuban cocktails and sharable snacks
WHERE: 707 Chestnut Street
WHEN: Until 10 PM
HOW MUCH: Pay as you go
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WHY THIS LINKEDIN VET MOVED HERE TO BUILD HER STARTUP
Nadia James was looking for a place to house her small business. The LinkedIn alum’s Griot Digital handles digital marketing duties for clients like Rutgers University. James told Technically Philly that Philadelphia wasn’t even on her radar — but a visit to a friend in Fishtown turned into a hunt for an apartment, and then a hunt for office space.
DEPT OF ‘TOO SOON’? THERE’S ALREADY A PLAY ABOUT BILL COSBY’S FALL
Philly Mag writer Victor Fiorillo has been covering Bill Cosby. If you’ll recall, Fiorillo captured Cosby on video saying… well, nothing at all about the flurry of sexual assault charges the entertainer has been dogged by. And apparently the case has stuck with the writer, who’s seeking a cool $10,000 to write a play about the incident for next year’s Philadelphia Fringe festival. The proposed name of the theatrical work: “The Bill Cosby Assault.” If you’d like to see it on stage, here’s where to give.