Newsletter for Wednesday, Sept. 9
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Happy first day of school, Philly; photo via @no_iphone_needed on Instagram.
FREE POPE TICKETS SELL OUT, POP UP ON CRAIGSLIST MINUTES LATER
A little more than an hour after free tickets for Pope Francis’ speech at Independence Hall “sold” out, dozens are already being offered on Craigslist for $75-$300 each. The quick appearance of tickets on Craigslist shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. The free pope tickets became available at noon Tuesday and sold out within two minutes. According to the World Meeting of Families, the Eventbrite website on which tickets were available experienced 394,000 unique page views, meaning nearly 400,000 people were angling for the tickets.
CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES STRUGGLE WITH POPE SECURITY PLANS
As the Archdiocese, World Meeting of Families, Secret Service and the City of Philadelphia plan to build fences, close roads and forbid the entry of cars into Center City to host the leader of the Catholic Church on earth, other religions are scrambling. By one count, about 70 mosques, synagogues, churches or other places of worship operate within the traffic box or close enough to be affected by its security measures. Some plan to cancel or reschedule services. Others will move them to a new location and pay to rent the space. Some will host everything like normal and hope a few congregants are able to show. But many say they’ve not heard a peep from the city.
A celebration of the young leaders in the field of philanthropy. Event sponsored by the Philadelphia Foundation; drinks sponsored by Philadelphia Distilling.
Where: Pipeline Philly at 30 S. 15th Street, 15th floor
When: September 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free (RSVP required)
BILLY PENN LIKES
EXITING SEPTA GM ON THE PROBLEMS WITH THE KEY AND HIS FAVORITE ROUTE
It’s a pivotal time for SEPTA. Philadelphia’s transit authority is in the process of rolling out the Key, a massive new payment system. It’s prepping for the largest event in Philadelphia history. And it’s preparing for years’ worth of improvements to make the look, feel and operation of SEPTA better and more open. Overseeing all of this has been SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey who, after being with SEPTA since 1982, announced he will retire Sept. 30. Billy Penn spoke with Casey about how he’s moved SEPTA forward, his 34 years there, and how he’s laid the tracks for the transit authority to keep changing. Here’s our conversation.
JANE GOLDEN: WHAT’S HOLDING PHILLY BACK, AND HOW TO FIX IT
Philadelphia is in the spotlight. The question from Jane Golden, the founder and executive director of the Mural Arts program is this: Are we ready? Are we ready to be a global city, and are we a city that has the infrastructure, systems and creativity that puts us at a world-class caliber? In her first column for Billy Penn, Golden outlines the problem — and some solutions.