Newsletter for Monday, March 23
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The sun sets over The Woodlands cemetery. Photo via @cruicej on Instagram.
STILTS, DRAINS AND LOTS OF MONEY: HOW SEPTA FIGHTS CLIMATE CHANGE
The eye-boggling stat du jour comes from this Sunday story in the Inquirer about how SEPTA’s dealing with the big storms over the last few years. In the face of global warming, your transit agency has been busy spending $87 million to fight Mother Nature. They put stilts under signal huts in Manayunk and added drains around the Broad Street Line to keep rainwater moving quickly. “We have to be prepared now for extreme weather,” chief engineer and deputy general manager Jeffrey Knueppel told the Inky. “It’s coming more and more and more, and you don’t even know what form it will take.” But the best part about this story isn’t the preparation — it’s that people who are being paid taxpayer dollars aren’t arguing about whether climate change is a thing. They’re just getting work done.
WHY IS MARKET EAST NOW JEFFERSON STATION BUT 30TH STREET’S STILL 30TH STREET?
It’s been more than seven months since federal lawmakers voted to change the name of 30th Street Station to recognize the late Congressman William H. Gray III. But since that time, nothing has been placed in the station to honor that — not a plaque, not a sign, not a portrait — and no transportation companies have changed the way they refer to the station. Why not? It’s all about the Benjamins, basically.
THE COMCAST SLIDE MAY BE NO MORE
A year ago when Comcast unveiled its plans to develop a second, taller tower across from its present headquarters, Mayor Michael Nutter hailed the project as an impressive confluence of world class, using the phrase five times while discussing the new building. It was with good reason. Comcast presented a structure to be made entirely of glass and stainless steel, with a restaurant in the lobby and a Four Seasons Hotel. Perhaps most importantly, it also had a slide. Seen in the renderings, this serpentine feature twisted and turned through three floors. That detail stood out as much as any of the others. But the slide might be too good to be true.
TO DO: HANG OUT WITH A TONY-WINNER
WHAT: ‘Kinky Boots’ star Billy Porter in the Theatre Masters series
WHERE: Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre
WHEN: 7-9 PM
HOW MUCH: $18.26
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST EMPLOYERS IN THE CITY AND THE STATE?
It may own the tallest building in the state’s largest city, but Comcast is not the largest employer in Pennsylvania. It’s not even in the top 20. Our source? Department of Labor and Industry data released last year. The top five statewide employers are Wal-Mart, the City of Philadelphia, Penn, the Postal Service and Penn State. Not a Comcast or a hospital to be seen in the top five.
AWESOME PHILLY WOMEN (INCLUDING ONE BADASS NUN)
Move aside, gents. March is all about the ladies. Women’s History Month helps celebrate some of the most influential, raddest women in the world, and there’s no shortage of such people in Philly. From Louisa May Alcott to Dawn Staley, get to know some of the coolest women who have called the city home.