When the Eagles are good, Philadelphia is a happier place. We took the opportunity of a bye week (no jinx) to look at how the Birds’ best-in-league performance is boosting crowds a local bars — and leading to a notable increase in revenue. Gameday sales are up 15 to 25 percent at many popular sports-watching spots, and operators are bullish on the rest of the season. Because if the recent run of home games have been this good for business, the forthcoming away games should be better.
The PPA has cut comp time, banned nepotism and is bringing in more money. All good, right? Nope, not everyone is happy. First, because the PPA is booting cars based on decades-old tickets ("It's for the schools!" says the Kenney admin). And second, because bringing a Democrat into a historically Republican agency is bound to cause tension. Take a look at what's going on with Parking Authority reforms, and check out this week's best (and worst) parking tweets.
Brief weather record-keeping note: Yes it was damn cold yesterday, but the low temps did not set a record in Philly. Per NBC10, the previous low for Nov. 11 in Philadelphia was 21°F, and we "only" hit 23. However, the freeze was historic in other cities across the Delaware Valley. Records were set in Allentown, Wilmington, Atlantic City and Trenton, which smashed a previous nadir of 25 with a 21-degree day.
For nearly a decade, Nathaniel Popkin and Peter Woodall have updated the website Hidden City Philadelphia with daily posts about everything found and interesting in this urban maze we call home. This month, they've turned their discoveries into a new book. A Philadelphia Weekly review of Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City calls the 200-page tome "both journalistic and literary," and notes it "moves deftly" between archival research and contemporary Philly references. Buy the book here ($36.95, Temple University Press).
On the Calendar
In late 2015, the hulking shell of the former Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue in Point Breeze/Grad Hospital was sold to developers. The new owners are interested in feedback from the community as they ramp up plans for what's next, so the South of South Neighborhood Association is hosting a series of open meetings. This is the second, and will include reveal of a general site plan.
Where: Union Baptist Church at 1910 Fitzwater St. 19146
When: November 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free
Whether you're hosting or a guest, knowing what wines go great with Thanksgiving dinner will be a boost to your morale when you gather round the table with relatives you haven't seen in years. Jet Wine Bar owner and world-traveled expert Jill Weber hosts this class and tasting session leading you through some of the LCB's best bets for the holiday. Light snacks included.
Where: Jet Wine Bar at 1525 South St.
When: November 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $35
Almost 20 years ago, Katherine Hayles published a landmark book called How We Became Posthuman. In this presentation, she'll sketch a history of the posthumanities from their beginnings in the cybernetics of the 1940s to their recent expansion through new cognitive technologies, and discuss the likeliest paths of their future development.
Where: Penn Museum Rainey Auditorium at 3260 South St. 19104
When: November 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Puerto Rican natives in Philly have come together for an art opening party that will help raise money to help get clean water to those parts of the island that are still lacking. Tickets include food from new Reading Terminal Market vendor Loco Lucho, tropical drinks, traditional guitar and a show by 200 artists in the Puerto Rican diaspora.
Where: A Seed on Diamond Gallery at 124 Diamond St. 19122
When: November 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $20 min. donation
The AIDS Memorial Quilt began with a single 3' x 6' panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, The quilt is composed of more than 49,000 individual panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS. It will be on display for one night only, at a free event featuring beer, wine and live music.
Where: Free Library Tacony Branch at 6742 Torresdale Ave. 19135
When: November 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free