Last month, the city rolled out an expanded plan to combat drug addiction in Kensington and Fairhill. One aspect of the plan? Blue light bulbs. The Mayor’s Office will give out “toolkits” to Kensington and Fairhill residents this month, complete with blue light bulbs to install outside their homes. City officials hope the blue bulbs will make it harder to find a vein to inject intravenous drugs. According to the city, the bulbs are a response to neighborhood complaints of substance use and overdose around their homes — but some Philly recovery experts say the bulbs won’t help.
The Atlanta Falcons beating the Los Angeles Rams on Wild Card weekend was a blessing for the Eagles. If the Rams had won, Philly would have to face New Orleans this Saturday, and there's no way they'd beat the Saints. But the Falcons coming to town gives the Eagles hope. Despite being the top seed in the NFC, the Eagles are underdogs going into this one, as the line opened at -2.5 in favor of Atlanta. The Birds actually have a chance this weekend. Here’s a look at how.
The weather is not helping Philadelphia's centuries-old water transport system. As we noted in this overview of the city's beleaguered liquid infrastructure, the average age of a water main in the city is 78 years. And the crazy cold has been busting pipes all over the place. A water department spokesperson told WHYY that an average of 20 mains have been breaking every day. The really bad news? As it warms up and previously frozen water melts, many more gushers are expected — not just this week, but throughout the next couple of months.
For the past three years — since the site's launched, basically — Danya Henninger has been a reporter for Billy Penn. She started as a freelancer, became a contractor with the title Weekend Editor, and in May 2016 was hired full-time as Culture Editor. Now, as Shannon Wink moves on to pursue other great projects in Philly, Danya is stepping in as acting editor. She's excited to build on the great work started by Shannon and founding editor Chris Krewson.
Now through Jan. 14, it's Philly Loves Bowie Week, and venues all over the city are offering specials and hosting events in the Starman's honor. Bowie superfan Patti Brett, owner of Doobies Bar, was instrumental in organizing the week. During this event, she'll give out sidewalk chalk and invite people to tag her facade and sidewalk with tributes to Ziggy Stardust. 21+ to enter, but all ages welcome to draw outside.
Where: Doobies Bar at 2201 Lombard St., 19146
When: January 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. to January 11, 2018 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Free