Newsletter for Thursday, Oct. 1
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PHILLY CITY PAPER FOLDS; ‘A SURPRISE TO US, TOO’
There’s going to be one less voice in Philadelphia’s journalism ecosystem. The Philly City Paper, the venerable alt-weekly sold in those orange honor boxes spread out all over the city, will shut down. It’s owned by the Metro, which owns those freebie daily papers you see lying around the MFL and the BSL. It’s being sold to the publisher of longtime rival publication Philadelphia Weekly for the express purpose of closing it down and ending competition. You can read a history of both papers’ rivalry here. City Paper‘s staff learned they were being shut down after the new owners posted a press release, and reporters for other papers (and friends) started calling and texting.
COULD THE INQUIRER END UP PART OF TEMPLE U?
H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest has held discussions to create a nonprofit institution that would align The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com with Temple University, Billy Penn has learned. Since Lenfest won control of the newspapers in 2014, he’s been working on a way to ensure that the publications continue to be operated locally after his death. Word of the possible deal has begun to filter out through the Philadelphia academic community. Here’s what we know.
Pier 68, the Delaware River Waterfront Corp.'s new $1.7 million project featuring lots of green space, water and fishing and picnic areas -- the grand opening feat. Michael Nutter and lots of happy city people.
Where: Pier 68 at 1751 S. Columbus Blvd
When: October 1, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
WATERSPORTS ON PHILLY’S 2 RIVERS: TOTALLY LEGAL
Philadelphia is bordered by two rivers that often feel like they’re not part of the city. The once-prominent industries that lived on them now lie dormant, and riverfront popups like the Spruce Street Harbor Park and Morgan’s Pier have only been around for a couple of years. The rivers might as well be lava. Further north, in Bucks County and the Far Northeast, that’s not the case. People use jet skis, pontoons, canoes, floats and more on a regular basis. Here’s how to get in on that fun in the city — and yes, it’s totally legal.
WHO’S NEXT: 13 YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS IN LABOR AND UNIONS
Young people play huge roles in how labor groups and unions organize here in Philadelphia. There are people like Danny Bauder, a campaign manager with the AFL-CIO whose work was instrumental to Jim Kenney’s success in the Democratic mayoral primary. People like Yaasiyn Muhammad, a high school teacher who, along with some of his colleagues, is looking to shake up how the large teachers’ union is run here. And there are leaders like Kate Goodman, who are fighting every day for a higher minimum wage for low-income workers. Billy Penn is recognizing these people and some of their peers as outstanding young labor leaders in this month’s version of Who’s Next.