Unseasonably warm weather continues. Today will hit a high of 63. It's going to be a cloudy one, but the forecast says those clouds will do what everyone wants them to do— they'll drift away some and let the sunshine in.
The city is delaying borrowing $300 million to support a massive rebuild of the city’s parks, libraries and community centers as a lawsuit over the new sugar-sweetened beverage tax snakes through the courts system. Mike Dunn, a spokesman for the mayor, said the city also will not add the previously planned additional 1,000 pre-K seats in September if the tax is still under appeal. But how will the Rebuild initiative and the pre-K expansion proceed?
This is going to be the year some of your friends start talking more about the suburbs and schools, and if not this year maybe the next, or in 2019. It’s getting to be that time. Millennials are growing up, so much so that talk has begun of Philly and other cities reaching “peak millennial.” The oldest of the generation that has rejuvenated cities, including Philadelphia, are hitting their mid-30s and reaching a turning point: Will they stay or will they go? Here's a look at the demographics, the challenges Philly will have to tackle to retain residents, plus why keeping score will be tough.
Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman spoke in front of a Senate subcommittee earlier this week. Per usual, he was lobbying for more federal funding for Amtrak, which operates at a loss every year and claims to need more money to service its aging infrastructure. In this plea to get more funding, Moorman called on the rising need for train travel in America. “More than ever,” he said, “our nation and the traveling public rely on Amtrak for mobility.” Philadelphia knows about the importance of Amtrak as much as any city. But are we really more reliant on Amtrak than ever before?
|What||Spirit of Philadelphia is hosting Philadelphia themed First Friday dinner cruises. Enjoy a delicious buffet menu featuring a build your own cheesesteak station, a free Yards beer or glass of wine for each guest over 21, DJ entertainment, and of course, unbeatable views of the Philadelphia skyline. Cruises start April 7th and continue every First Friday of the year.|
|Where||Spirit of Philadelphia at 401 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106|
|When||April 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm|
|How much||From $66.90 per adult / $39.95 per child age 3-12|
|What||South Philly native poet Bernard Collins will be joined by DJ Razor Ramon and artist/activist Priscilla Anacakuyani for a night of spoken word, music and live painting. Collins' humorous style harkens back to the “toasting” traditions of African American culture.|
|Where||Fleisher Art Memorial at 719 Catharine St. 19147|
|When||February 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm|
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Guys we're 2 years old! Join us at North Bowl to celebrate that, plus the 350 people who we've named to our Who's Next lists over the last two years. Your ticket includes unlimited bowling, billiards, food (pizza, gourmet tater tots, sliders, mac-n-cheese, probably something healthy), beer and wine. Early bird tix are still available. Don't sleep; this is going to be a great time.
Russell Janzen, a Wyndmoor native, was promoted to principal dancer of the New York City Ballet. This is a huge deal. The New York City Ballet is one of the big two companies in the country, along with the American Ballet Theatre. It holds rank with the top ballet companies in the world, so Janzen's promotion gives him one of the most prestigious dance positions on the planet. He was trained in Philly at the Rock School. His family, Philly.com reports, still lives in the ’burbs.