Newsletter for Thursday, July 2
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Sunset as runners wind through the Wissahickon Trails; photo via @phillyphotoculture on Instagram.
SOUTH PHILLY’S NEW CASINO IS PLANNING AN ‘ASIAN PIT’
The Live! Hotel and Casino planned for Packer Avenue includes 2,150 slot machines and 100 electronic table games, along with 12 high-limit tables, and 80 high-limit slots. There is also a planned “Asian Pit,” an area that gets its name from its designation for games frequented by persons from Asian countries or backgrounds. Reporters have seen a handful of conceptual renderings and images of Cordish’s Maryland Live! Casino for an idea of what to expect. But Billy Penn can reveal details thanks to full architectural schematics, uploaded to an unsecured FTP server available via Google.
WHAT HAPPENS TO CRIME IN PHILLY WHEN TEMPS CLIMB
There’s an old idea that when temperatures rise, so do the rates of violent crime. In recent years in Philly, though, the data simply isn’t consistent with this when it comes to homicide and shooting victims. Instances of smaller crimes that are much more common than murder, though, provide a glimpse into what could be occurring when it gets warm from June to September. Each summer, police across the country review their strategies for how they can better monitor the streets. It’s a must, especially with kids out of school and around the neighborhoods. Is that a contributing factor to recent shootings in Kensington and West Philly? Or are they anomalies — headline-grabbers that don’t represent the norm?
TO DO: THE ORCHESTRA AND FIREWORKS
WHAT: The latest in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Neighborhood Concert series, featuring land-side fireworks after the show.
WHERE: Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard in Penn’s Landing
WHEN: Concert at 8, fireworks around 9:15
HOW MUCH: Free
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LAWNCREST: WHERE NORTHEAST PHILLY LIKES TO WATCH FIREWORKS
Lawncrest is one of the largest communities of the Northeast. Once rural, it became a popular spot for raising families post-World War II. It’s always been known for those family-friendly qualities, so much so that the creator of the “Family Circus” comic strip grew up here. Most recently, Lawncrest has been trying to maintain its long-lasting traditions while turning into one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. For the latest stop in our neighborhood postcard series, we stopped by Lawncrest.
THE TOP 3 WAYS TO SPEND $15 AT THE READING TERMINAL MARKET
What can you get for $15 these days? Quite a bit, if you know where to look. Welcome to our new series on how best to turn a Jackson into a feast and still have enough to pay for SEPTA there and back. First up is Reading Terminal Market, the thriving indoor array of stalls and stands and shops that’s a direct descendent of the open-air bazaar from which Market Street got its name. We’ve got three different ways to make the most of it.