Newsletter for Friday, June 19
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Ben Franklin was also a newspaperman, as this Center City sculpture reminds us. Photo via @fleming.philly.photog on Instagram.
WHAT GOP IN PHILLY ATTENDEES THINK ABOUT DONALD TRUMP
The Donald has officially thrown his hat in the race for the White House, joining what’s effectively a laundry list of Republican candidates — but the guy can hardly find widespread support from his own party (and even had to *pay* people to come cheer for him). Republican leaders are gathering this week at the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia for the National Republican Leadership Conference, and those there will hear from presidential candidates like Rick Santorum and Gov. Scott Walker. We asked some of them what they thought of Trump’s run; here’s what they told us.
WOODER 101: WHY ‘SCHUYLKILL PUNCH’ TASTES THAT WAY
In February 2011, Forbes published a particularly egregious bit of clickbait, and it was picked up by news outlets around the world. “Philadelphia tops list of U.S. most toxic cities,” shouted Reuters. The rankings were based on a few factors, but it was what was referred to as Philadelphia’s “really poor water quality” that gave our city a lock on the top spot. What gives? Is the stuff coming out of our taps really among the worst in the nation? In a word: No.
INSIDE THE SOUTHWEST PHILLY ROW HOME WITHOUT A ROW
Somebody posted a screenshot of a lonely rowhouse on Reddit this week. It looked unnatural for Philadelphia, where houses are packed next to each other, a single wall often dividing one structure from the next, block after block after block. Houses don’t stand alone. They don’t have sprawling, pristine yards. Well, maybe in the suburbs, but not in the city. So we went to 5436 Woodland Avenue, to find out the back story.
TO DO: FLAG STUFF IN OLD CITY
WHAT: Flag Raising with Betsy Ross, create a patriotic star and add it to Betsy’s Star Garden, Meet George Washington, etc.
WHERE: Once Upon a Nation, 600 Chestnut Street
WHEN: Starts at 11 AM
HOW MUCH: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHY A SIXERS GUARD INTERNED AT A CITY VIDEO GAME DEVELOPER
Sixers guard Hollis Thompson stopped by PHL Collective’s offices at 16th and Vine this week for a one-day internship. PHL Collective is an indie video game developer. And the Sixers’ guard loves video games, loves them so much that he wants to start his own company after he retires from basketball. That’s why he came to PHL Collective. The staff showed him some of the basic points of video game design, like coding and 2D and 3D art, and shared information about the business-side of things. It was an eventful visit.
INTRODUCING WHO’S NEXT: THE LAW
Billy Penn is recognizing Philly’s Legal Eagles — these outstanding young leaders are shaping the Philadelphia legal community, and that’s who’s on deck in this month’s edition of Who’s Next. They’re the movers and shakers in the law, and the people who were nominated as the next generation of legal professionals in this city. Read the list of honorees here.