Newsletter for Thursday, Aug. 6
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Clothespin at 15th and Market, all lit up on a summer night; photo via @amichal.israel on Instagram.
POPE IN PHILLY: MAYOR UNVEILS TRAFFIC BOX DETAILS
Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Michael Nutter and officials from state and local agencies shared some details about security and transportation during the pope’s visit the last weekend in September. Many of the details confirmed previous reports, including ours. The basics remain the same: Driving in Philadelphia is going to be difficult during the weekend of the papal visit, and people should get ready to walk. Here’s a rundown of all the closures, special zones and other specifics discussed by Nutter.
WHAT THE SECRET SERVICE TOLD CENTER CITY BUSINESSES TO EXPECT
We published a story Tuesday about restaurateurs hearing from the Secret Service, which is handling security measures for the pope’s visit. The impact will likely not be limited just to Logan Square and the Parkway area, but throughout Center City. In fact, a tipster sent us a letter a Washington Square-area business received from the Secret Service in June. You can read the letter in its entirety here.
Philadelphia's annual street food festival, the Night Market. Bonus: The bike-sharing service Indego will have Corral Service at its 38th and Lancaster Avenue location, so you're guaranteed an open dock.
Where: Lancaster Avenue at 35th Street
When: August 6, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay-as-you-go.
BILLY PENN LIKES
‘PENNTRIFICATION’ AND THE BIRTH OF UNIVERSITY CITY
Welcome to University City, the area in the West Philadelphia that surrounds, you guessed it, several universities. What was once a tight-knit black neighborhood that anchored West Philly was changed into its new name by developers and marketers who wanted to lure those students into the neighborhoods (and drive up property value). Today, it’s home to an enormous development boom, as more than 80 percent of new office development in the region is taking place in University City, and housing projects abounding as well. Here’s how UCity got there.
PHILLY ARTIST TEAMS WITH NORWEGIAN FOR KITSCHY POPE GEAR
Todd Kimmell and Fred Lammers have never met in person. Kimmell is an art company owner who’s been cooped up in his Overbrook Farms home for the last three years while being “flattened” by a grim illness. Lammers is an artist living in Oslo, Norway with a fascination for hot rods and graphic design. But they’ve come together to celebrate Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Philadelphia through art, and have created these unique prints.