Newsletter for Thursday, April 16
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Today’s sunrise over Washington Square Park; pic via @ferhippie on Instagram.
TWO CONCERT VENUES PLANNED IN ONE FISHTOWN BUILDING
The old Ajax Metal Co. in Fishtown is getting one helluva makover. It’s part of the Penn Treaty Village development, and today the Inquirer details what’s going on inside the building: Two new venues will be under that roof. They’ll be called the Fillmore and the Foundry, and they’re run by the House of Blues division of Live Nation, which is already the biggest concert promoter in the U.S. It’s kind of a smack at the Electric Factory, which is about the same size — reps for other venues around Philly are quoted in some variation of “We’re Not Thrilled” in the piece. The new rooms sound pretty cool, though, with exposed beams and a LOVE Park statue homage.
WHY DRINKING TILL 4 A.M. MIGHT ACTUALLY HAPPEN THIS TIME
Save for a few private clubs or bars that illegally operate later than they’re supposed to, the taps across Philly stop flowing at 2 a.m. — and now Rep. Jordan Harris, a Philadelphia Democrat, is pushing a new plan change that across the state. This fight has been brought up before. Mayoral candidates Doug Oliver and Nelson Diaz have both proposed fighting to allow bars to stay open later to fund schools (for the children!). And a 2012 proposal by Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown to keep bars open until 3 a.m. drew major criticism from neighborhood associations. In conjunction with her city proposal, state Rep. Vanessa Brown had introduced legislation that would have needed to pass to allow for Philadelphia to push last call later. That’s a lot of moving parts, and the plan never pushed through. Here’s why Harris thinks the time is now.
HOW PHILLY GETS TO WORK: TRAINS, BIKES AND AUTOMOBILES
Philadelphia leaders want the city to cut down on usage of automobiles. Mayor Michael Nutter started a Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities and the Office of Sustainability, with goals of making Philly greener and more efficient for transportation. Whoever follows him will likely keep the same approach. All of the candidates expressed interest in safer streets for bicycles and improved public transit at a mobility forum last month. How much work will the candidate who wins have to do? Billy Penn looked at Census data and examined how Philadelphians commute to work; which neighborhoods are most likely to bike, drive or take public transit; and whether Philadelphia is moving in the right direction for becoming less reliant on cars. Here’s how it breaks down.
Correction: Wednesday’s newsletter described the potential revamp of The Gallery mall as a “teardown.” Really, the mall will be revamped — but not torn down. It’ll still cost half a billion dollars though.
TO DO: VISIT THE NEW PA CAREERLINK CENTER
WHAT: Find a job or fill one at the new PA Careerlink Center, which opens with a ceremony feat. Mayor Nutter, the CEO of Philadelphia Works and the acting Labor Secretary.
WHERE: 1617 JFK Boulevard
WHEN: 10-11 AM
HOW MUCH: FREE
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RITTENHOUSE SQUARE: HIP SHOPS, TRENDY CONDOS AND ALL OF THE MOVIES
Welcome to Rittenhouse Square, the luxurious Center City neighborhood that’s home to Philly’s rich and famous and one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the country. Once known simply for its park, the neighborhood is now the pinnacle of exclusivity and features rows of the trendiest (and priciest) bars, restaurants and stores. Also a bunch of pro athletes live there. Here’s your look at Rittenhouse Square, the latest in Billy Penn’s neighborhood series.
SNAPCHAT, INSTAGRAM AND THE NFL: HOW THE EAGLES USE SOCIAL MEDIA
The Eagles have a strong social media presence. The team has a main account on Twitter, but also has seven different Twitter handles for things like Lincoln Financial Field interactions and the team’s pro shop, where merchandise is sold. In addition, the team has accounts on Facebook (2.9 million likes!), Instagram, Pinterest, Vine and was the first NFL team to use Snapchat. They have hundreds of thousands of followers on the main Twitter account alone. “All of our social media is housed under one roof, with a team of three people,” Director of Digital and Social Media Linda Thomas told Billy Penn. “We monitor all of the channels to figure out fan sentiments, and we look at players’ conversations on their accounts.”