Newsletter for Wednesday, Aug. 5
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August at the skatepark, graffiti edition; photo via @tlbtb on Instagram.
BEST LOTTERY EVER: EVERY SEPTA PASS ENTRANT WON
Usually a lottery is a dicey thing; think about all the folks pulling ping pong balls out of clear PVC you’ve seen after the news, or that time your office had a Powerball pool. It’s all great fun, but nobody wins. Right? Well, SEPTA can prove you wrong — at least in the case of its lottery to ride the Regional Rail during the Pope weekend. Every one of the 38,000-and-change people who entered will probably get their pass, the agency said Tuesday. In fact, of the 350,000 available passes, only 328,000 were requested. That means 22,000 of these Wonka tickets will be on sale. But it’s too soon to say at which station, so stay tuned. Those suckers will be for sale in person only at those stations on August 15 and 22.
RESTAURANTS IN POPE ZONE STRUGGLE WITH SECURITY PLANS
While the papal visit brings prestige and worldwide attention to Philadelphia, it also brings stringent security restrictions which may make it unfeasible for some restaurants to stay open at all. “I stand to lose tens of thousands of dollars,” a person whose restaurant falls within the likely pope-fence zone told Billy Penn. The U.S. Secret Service, which is leading the design and implementation of the security plan for the visit, has said it is taking “unprecedented steps” to work with area business owners to help them stay open. But that’s not necessarily the message restaurant owners have gotten.
You've heard of a drive-in theater; when the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia hosts a movie night, it's a 'bike-in' theater instead. Join fellow cycle-heads for an open-air screening of 'Premium Rush', a flick about a bike messenger in NYC who picks up an envelope that puts him on the hit list for a dirty cop. Event is free, but donations to Cadence Youth Cycling will be accepted.
Where: Whole Foods South Street at 929 South St.
When: August 5, 2015 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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ERASERHOOD: DAVID LYNCH’S OLD NEIGHBORHOOD SHOWS ITS ROOTS
Callowhill (AKA Eraserhood AKA North Chinatown AKA Loft District) sits roughly to the east of Broad Street, to the west of 8th Street and in between Vine Street and Spring Garden, and is an eclectic mix of the neighborhoods that sit around it. This place feels different than other neighborhoods in the city. There are few row homes here — a staple of Philly ‘hoods — and the neighborhood is marked by abandoned factories and rails, giving it a darker, post-industrial feel. It is also where artists have come to call home, and a place where David Lynch found inspiration for his eerie 1970’s cult classic “Eraserhead.” As developers move in, neighborhood enthusiasts want their streets to hold onto that post-industrial past.
HOW MANY PEOPLE FIT ON THE PARKWAY FOR THE POPE?
Officials are estimating 1.5 million to 2 million people will see Pope Francis when he arrives in Philadelphia next month to celebrate mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the World Meeting of Families. That’s a lot. This summer the Parkway, at the Wawa Welcome America Festival, held about 200,000 people at its busiest point. In 2013, Made In America saw about 40,000 people each day. Can a million people even squeeze into the Parkway? Here’s what the math and the map show.