Newsletter for Monday, July 18
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A giant mural on the Oval is a welcome splash of color on the Ben Franklin Parkway. (Instagram via @christineehorn.)
PHILLY DEVELOPERS: THIS NEW L&I DEPARTMENT MIGHT NOT BE A JOKE ANYMORE
Philadelphia’s embattled Department of Licenses and Inspections is turning heads by showing a previously unseen look: Competence. L&I has borne the reputation as one of the most reviled municipal departments in the country. But seven months into the tenure of Commissioner David Perri, the former Streets Commissioner who Mayor Kenney tapped to helm the much-maligned department, rumblings from all sides of the building and development community suggest things are on the mend. While the new Commissioner is flattered by the praise, he also maintains there’s lots of work to be done.
CITY DENIES DNC PROTEST PERMIT FOR BERNIE SANDERS’ CAMPAIGN
The city’s currently going through the process of reviewing, approving and denying requests for permits to protest during the Democratic National Convention next week. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign applied for a permit for a protest with more than 15,000 people at the Richie Ashburn baseball field in FDR Park. The city denied it, saying the baseball field isn’t open to non-recreational uses. The Sanders campaign is allowed to re-apply for a permit in a different location.
THE BOATHOUSE ROW LIGHTS WILL BE BACK IN TIME FOR THE DNC
The sporadic darkness of the Boathouse Row lights is coming to an end just in the nick of time as the nation’s eyes to turn to Philadelphia. The lights are expected to be fully replaced by July 24 — the first day of the Democratic National Convention. But teams of workers are installing the lights literally round-the-clock at this point to make sure it gets done in time, thanks to a large cash infusion from an anonymous donor.
How to make a show of eight local artists better? Add free BBQ from three different chefs. Ticket includes a free drink and all-you-can-eat ribs, brisket and Korean 'cue, while three local bands play tunes.
Where: MilkBoy at 1100 Chestnut St. 19107
When: July 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $15 at the door
BILLY PENN LIKES
HOW YARDS IS GETTING BEER INTO KEGS TWICE AS FAST
For Yards Brewery, making more beer isn’t simply a matter of space. It takes new equipment. The most critical piece of the puzzle is a whole new brewhouse (where the grain is mixed with hot water and yeast), one that’s bigger and also much more automated. Yards is targeting an annual starting production of 100,000 barrels at the new facility. That’s more than twice as much beer as it makes now. Check out this video of how Yards gets beer into kegs twice as fast.
PHILLY FASHION SPOTLIGHT: THE GAYBORHOOD
The Gayborhood is home to LGBTQI community centers, LGBTQI housing and many LGBTQI-owned small businesses. The pervading feeling is that it’s OK to act, love, and be yourself, loudly and proudly. The “anything goes” fashion of people who hang here represents a willingness to use fashion as an outlet of self exploration and expression (even in the summer heat). On your next visit to the Gayborhood, keep your eyes peeled for these amazing styles.