Newsletter for Thursday, Aug. 18
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L&I TO JEWELERS’ ROW CONDO PROJECT: NOT SO FAST
Plans to demolish five properties in Jewelers’ Row could be halted for months, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. L&I Commish Dave Perri said the zoning permit they have isn’t enough to fire up the wrecking ball: What they’ve got covers a 100,000-square foot project. The size of the proposed condos? 107,000. The developers, Toll Bros., must bring their plans for a 16-story tower before the Civic Review Design Committee. It appears Toll Bros. won’t be required to follow the committee’s counsel once the process is complete, but this slows things down considerably. “More time is always better than less,” Preservation Alliance Executive Director Paul Steinke told the Inquirer.
MEET BRUCE CASTOR, WHO LUCKED INTO THE TEMPORARY ATTY GENERAL GIG
Pennsylvania has a new attorney general, and this one is not a felon. But he is quite possibly the only lawyer in Pennsylvania who rivals Kathleen Kane when it comes to controversy. Meet Bruce Castor, the sometimes-crass attorney from Montgomery County chosen by Kane as her No. 2 earlier this year. He’s most famous for losing a race to be attorney general in 2004, and more recently declining to prosecute Bill Cosby for sexual assault in 2005. Here’s what you need to know about him.
Philly Beer Week is taking over the taps at this Fishtown brew garden for an outdoor party. Iggles will play on big screen TVs and Sancho Pistola's tacos will go for $1 each.
Where: Evil Genius Beer Garden at 1727 N. Front St. 19122
When: August 18, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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6 PHILLY POLS TIED TO CORRUPTION SINCE THE DNC LEFT TOWN
Philadelphia was the toast of the political world in late July. It was right here where Hillary Clinton gave her acceptance speech as the first woman major party presidential nominee in United States history. Then Bill Clinton caught the last balloon falling from the roof of the Wells Fargo Center, Hillary Clinton skipped town after another speech at Temple, the DNC 2016 signs disappeared from street poles, they sold those fiberglass donkeys and regular Philadelphia politics returned. And they returned big time.
THE STORY BEHIND THAT CRAZY SETH WILLIAMS OIL PAINTING
It was 2013, and Christie Hunt had been a portrait artist for several years in Philadelphia, but she needed to develop her portfolio and raise her profile. So, naturally, she reached out through her network. So Hunt, now of Wayne, asked Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to pose for a complimentary portrait. She knew the D.A. through her husband, who served with Williams in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, as reservists. And the result is this amazing portrait, which just surfaced this week.