Newsletter for Thursday, June 11
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The acrobats in LOVE Park just get younger and younger; photo via @jdmousely on Instagram.
OOF: JUST 12 PERCENT OF PHILLY MILLENNIALS VOTED LAST MONTH
The results are in: Young people still aren’t voting in Philadelphia. Despite a booming millennial population, only 12 percent of registered millennials — 38,686 people — turned out to vote in the May mayoral election. To describe this another way, according to the office of City Commissioner Al Schmidt, millennials make up about 32 percent of the total electorate but only 14 percent of people who actually voted. It could have been worse, but not much.
COMCAST II ARCHITECT HOPES NEW TOWER REVIVES ‘BLEAK’ CENTER CITY AREA
The man responsible for building the second Comcast tower rarely speaks publicly. Architect Lord Norman Foster considers himself a private person. And being a Briton who lives in Lake Geneva, American appearances are all the rarer despite the fact that he’s responsible for some of America’s most definitive buildings, like Apple’s headquarters in Silicon Valley and the Hearst Tower in New York City. Tuesday night marked one of those rare exceptions. Here are three observations he shared about his design for the new Comcast building, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.
FIRST AUSTIN, LATER D.C.: PIZZERIA VETRI PLANS NEW LOCATIONS
This week, the owners of Pizzeria Vetri finalized the lease for a location in Austin, TX. But that’s just the start of the expansion plans for the restaurant, whose owners Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin, Jeff Michaud and Brad Spence teamed up with Urban Outfitters for this next phase of growth. They’re looking to transform spaces in Texas, and later Washington, D.C. — as well as the Main Line. They talked to Billy Penn about the hows and the whys of their growth.
TO DO: PHILLY’S VERY OWN TED TALKS
WHAT: TED-X Philadelphia, titled ‘And Justice For All’
WHERE: Temple University Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad Street
WHEN: 9 AM – 5 PM
HOW MUCH: $75 (but free viewing parties are around the city)
BILLY PENN LIKES
INSIDE BOATHOUSE ROW: THE CRADLE OF ROWING IN THE UNITED STATES
The 11 structures that line Boathouse Row are an iconic Philly sight, the backs of which can be seen clearly from the Schuylkill Expressway, their lights outlining the homes year round. The 150-year old houses hold histories of their own, and each is owned by a different, private rowing club that uses it to store boats, hold events and prepare for races. As part of our “Secret Philly” series, we walked through two houses — this is what’s inside.
BREWERYTOWN: BEER HEAVEN, DECIMATED BY PROHIBITION
Welcome to Brewerytown, the neighborhood wedged between Fairmount and North Philly that’s in the process of experiencing a resurgence of sorts. This place was once known as the beer capital of America, but after the breweries bolted post-Prohibition, the neighborhood saw crime and blight increase dramatically. Now, it’s changing again as young professionals push north. In the latest edition of our Neighborhood Postcards series, we traveled to Brewerytown.