Newsletter for Friday, March 6
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The loneliest patriot, USA umbrella in hand, stands outside Independence Hall. Photo by @urphillypal on Instagram.
COP SHOT, KILLED STOPPING ROBBERY IN NORTH PHILLY
Officer Robert Wilson III was in a GameStop in the city’s Swampoodle section when, police say, two men entered behind him and tried to stick up the store. Wilson turned, and guns blazed. The 30-year-old father of two was shot in the head; he later died at Temple University hospital. Both robbery suspects, one of whom was shot in the leg, are in custody. And the Daily News notes that one of the guns recovered from the scene was modified with a clip that holds extra ammunition — a step that’s illegal in several states, but just fine here in Pennsylvania.
THE GREAT PHILLY MIGRATION: WHERE MILLENNIALS COME FROM, AND GO
You’ve seen the headlines: Philly is growing. The city’s population has been increasing for the last seven years after decades of decline, with a boom in retirees, millennials and immigrants. The question arises: Where the heck are all these new people coming from? Billy Penn analyzed the data, whether Philadelphia is taking more people from other big cities than it’s losing, and how many people are headed to the ‘burbs. Here’s what we found.
STATE SEN. HUGHES ON THE BUDGET, BOOZE AND RUNNING AGAINST PAT TOOMEY
Philadelphia state Sen. Vincent Hughes is one of the most dynamic members of the state Senate. The nearly 20-year veteran of the Pennsylvania General Assembly holds fiscal power as the Democratic chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and maybe more importantly, his Twitter game is on point. Billy Penn caught up with Hughes just hours after Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his first budget on Tuesday, a bold plan that would change the city’s tax structure, raise the minimum wage and funnel $1 billion back into the education system. We talked to Hughes about everything from education, to social media, to keeping millennials in Philadelphia. Here’s what he said.
TO DO: REMEMBER WORLD WAR I AT FORT MIFFLIN
WHAT: ‘The Great War Remembered:’ Re-enactors in uniform, cannons booming, a scavenger hunt and weapon and artillery demonstrations.
WHERE: Fort Mifflin, 82 Fort Mifflin Road
WHEN: 10 AM – 4 PM Saturday
HOW MUCH: $10 for adults
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THERE USED TO BE MORE WALKABLE WAWAS IN PHILLY
A few have turned into 7-11s, and one is now a bank — but there used to be several walkable Wawa stores in Philadelphia. This Imgur gallery points out several — including something called a “1-stop” — in neigborhoods with lots of sidewalks. Via Philly Reddit.
MAP OF SADNESS: THE DEMOLISHED FRANK FURNESS BUILDINGS
There are still plenty of remnants of Philly architect Frank Furness’ work to be found across the city. You can even rent this one. But Curbed Philly would like to remind you that Furness’ work wasn’t always popular. So after his death in 1912, a lot of the buildings fell into disrepair and were eventually demolished. But thanks to photo archives and this handy map from Curbed, you can revisit some of these impressive properties, like Broad Street Station. It was the world’s largest passenger railroad station when it opened at Broad and Market in 1893, but was torn down in 1953.