Newsletter for Wednesday, June 10
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Last night’s stunner of a sunset, via @_silence_dogood on Instagram.
WAS AMTRAK 188 ENGINEER ON HIS CELL? DETAILS TODAY — PLUS WHAT ELSE WE’VE LEARNED
Questions remain about why a routine trip from Washington D.C. to New York turned to tragedy four Tuesdays ago. On May 12 just after 9:30 p.m., Amtrak 188 — a Northeast Regional train on its way through the Port Richmond neighborhood — flew around a bend at 106 m.p.h. and seven train cars derailed.Eight people were killed and more than 200 were taken to local hospitals to be treated for injuries they sustained in the crash. Here’s what we’ve learned in the weeks since, and what we’re waiting for. And today, the NTSB is expected to release information about whether engineer Brandon Bostian was using his cell phone at the time of the crash.
THESE FISHTOWN PARISHIONERS ARE WORKING TO SAVE ST. LAURENTIUS
About 20 parishioners from Fishtown’s St. Laurentius crowded into a yellow school bus yesterday and headed to City Hall. Their church is in danger of being demolished. They traveled to face the city’s Historical Commission in a bid to add the structure to its historical registry, and stop its demolition. An engineer’s report from earlier this year described the building as “in imminent danger of collapse.” They would be greeted with a favorable ruling. The committee unanimously voted to refer them for a formal hearing. But they didn’t know that, or what to expect. We rode along with them.
TO DO: THE ‘SONS OF BEN’ MOVIE PREMIERE
WHAT: Watch the premiere of the documentary about Philly soccer fans who helped bring the Union to town
WHERE: The Trocadero
WHEN: 7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $40 for the film and after-party
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THE 3 HOTTEST PLACES TO BUY A HOUSE IN PHILLY
Thinking of buying? The key is finding a neighborhood where the buying power will be maximized. One Realtor we contacted said three neighborhoods in Philadelphia stand out. And while they are considered “developing,” it’s worth noting that some see that as a nicer word for “gentrifying.” As young professionals and families push outside the limits of Center City, tax rates and rent prices are going up in neighborhoods that were once on the outskirts. Either way, developers are taking advantage and pushing apartments, condos and new construction in neighborhoods they hadn’t before. These are three of the neighborhoods where that’s happening, and where you might get the best bang for your buck if you think you’re ready to buy.
REAL WORLD HOUSE TAKEN TO COURT FOR UNPAID TAXES
Back in 2004 and 2005, The Real World house at Third and Arch was a mess. Union members set up a giant, inflatable rat outside to protest its construction, and once the cast members moved in they partied how Real Worlders do: With plenty of alcohol and without any self-awareness. These days, some of that craziness has returned to the property for an entirely different reason. The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia School District have petitioned for a court-appointed manager to assume control of the old Real World house because its owner owes $26,285 in 2014 taxes, according to court documents.