Newsletter for Thursday, Oct. 6
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Under construction in Brewerytown. (Instagram via @maxgrudz.)
WHY PHILLY’S ‘DEATH TRAP’ DUCK BOATS SHUT DOWN
Philadelphia’s “Ride the Ducks” water-to-land tour operation has shut down for the foreseeable future due to soaring insurance costs, the company announced late Wednesday. The move was cheered by a Philadelphia lawyer who’s sued the company, who called it “good news for those who are concerned about the safety of tourists and pedestrians.” Ride the Ducks blamed circumstances beyond its control, like a 330 percent hike in its insurance premiums. That lawyer, Robert J. Mongeluzzi, has already sued the company in federal court for a 2010 fatal accident involving tourists; he’s also suing for a 2015 accident that killed one woman on a city street, and says the closure won’t stop that legal action: “Those vehicles are fatally flawed,” Mongeluzzi said. “They’re death traps.” Here’s what we know so far, plus a look back at some of Ride the Ducks’ accidents in recent years.
WHY PENNSYLVANIA STATEWIDE OFFICES ARE ALMOST ALWAYS WHITE AND MALE
Between the 18th Century and today, just five women have been elected to seven statewide executive positions. Another 25 have been elected to statewide judicial seats, out of more than 200 judges. Five African-Americans have been elected to these same courts. No woman has been elected governor or sent to the U.S. Senate. In history of the Commonwealth, there have been no Asian-Americans, nor anyone Latinx and no one openly LGBT. Basically, you have to be white and male to win a statewide election in Pennsylvania. The reasons why are complicated… but also not.
PEW: PHILADELPHIANS* ARE HAPPIER ABOUT THE CITY THAN THEY’VE BEEN IN YEARS
Turns out we actually enjoyed hosting the Pope and the DNC. Seventy-three percent of respondents to a Pew survey said they’d like the city to host more large events. Pew asked 1,600 residents how they feel about Philadelphia’s future and the answers are mostly positive. *But take note: The groups most likely to have a positive view were whites, those making $100K or more per year, college graduates and people who have lived in Philadelphia for 10 years or less. And the survey also revealed those respondents aren’t sure if they’ll stay here. Check out some other highlights from the survey.
CLINTON IS DOMINATING TRUMP IN PA IN JUST ABOUT EVERY WAY SHE CAN
The latest polls show Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump in Pennsylvania is widening. There are lots of other signs of a healthy presidential campaign, and Clinton is winning all those, too. She’s raised nearly $8 million in Pennsylvania, and she has seven campaign offices in Philadelphia, compared to Trump’s one. Here’s how the race breaks down in Pennsylvania for Trump and Clinton for campaign cash, campaign size and TV.
As part of DesignPhiladelphia, take a tour of the PSPCA building in North Philly and meet cute cats and dogs while sipping on drinks. Also learn about a competition to design the best inexpensive chicken coops. For the animals.
Where: Pennsylvania SPCA at 350 E. Erie Ave. 19134
When: October 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $25, proceeds benefit PSPCA
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PHILLY HOME PRICES BY NEIGHBORHOOD
You can live in Kensington for $33 per square foot, or Center City West for as much as $1,300 per square foot. Those are the low and high ends on NeighborhoodX’s Philly real estate pricing chart, which features 13 seemingly random neighborhoods. If you want to live in one of those, use the interactive graphic to compare average rent prices. Fair warning for renters: Philly’s not building much that you can afford.
REMINDER: YOU CAN GET AMAZING, AFFORDABLE FOOD OUTSIDE CENTER CITY
Era bar in Brewerytown is known to many as a dive bar. They also have mouth-watering Ethiopian food. Murph’s Irish bar in Fishtown has great Italian food. When you’re looking to try something different and new, check out these 11 Philly bars with secretly great food.