Newsletter for Tuesday, June 30
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The new park at the Navy Yard, Central Green, opens later today; details below, and photo via @ccphilly on Instagram.
GOVERNOR, LAWMAKERS STOP TALKING BEFORE BUDGET DEADLINE
Hey, it’s the deadline for a Pennsylvania budget! That means Gov. Tom Wolf and the GOP-led legislature are engaged in high-stakes negotiations to make sure our bills get paid, and our schools will have enough money to open on time, right? Wrong! The Inquirer reports that both sides have stopped talking. Their positions are so far apart, there’s no point: The GOP won’t negotiate Wolf’s plan, and Wolf says he’ll veto the GOP’s attempt at a budget. So we’re hearing that at least a partial government shutdown is “likely.” Now, is blowing a deadline for the budget normal? Absolutely. But what’s striking about today’s situation is the fact that no negotiations can gain any traction at all.
PHILLY’S BIKE GUY ON WHY HE’S RUNNING FOR COUNCIL AS AN INDEPENDENT
Andrew Stober is Philadelphia’s bike guy. As the co-creator of Indego, Philadelphia’s new bike share program that launched this spring, Stober has quickly developed a good reputation among Philadelphia’s urban planning and transportation wonks. Now, Stober, who worked under Mayor Nutter in the Office of Transportation and Utilities, is making a run for City Council as an independent this fall instead of a Democrat — and he says that the move to independent could help him win.
TO DO: THE NEW PARK AT THE NAVY YARD
WHAT: The opening of Central Green, the new 4.5-acre space from the designers of the Race Street Pier and NYC’s High Line, feat. food trucks, music and more.
WHERE: Rouse Boulevard and Intrepid Avenue
WHEN: 11:45 AM
HOW MUCH: Free (food is pay-as-you-go)
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AFTER BIG STORMS, WHY IT TAKES SO LONG FOR POWER TO COME BACK
Last Tuesday when a storm ripped through the Philadelphia area, more than 400,000 people lost power. For some, the inconvenience lasted a few hours, or even a few minutes. For many, a couple hundred thousand, the outage lingered for a day or two. By Friday, that number had been reduced by more than half. And as of Sunday night, power had come back to all but a few hundred people who get power from PECO or PSE&G, according to outage maps from those providers. Atlantic City Electric wasn’t faring as well. Nearly 10,000 of its customers still didn’t have power, according to its outage map. Why does it take so long for power to be restored in some cases? What caused all these problems? We asked the power companies; here’s what we found.
PROJECT POSITIVE: MEET THE BROAD STREET ACROBATS
You’re usually plugged into headphones on the Broad Street Line. After all, who wants to think too much about what’s going on all around you? And then you get a front-row seat to a show. In jumps Project Positive, a Philadelphia based dance organization that uses hip-hop to inspire youth in the community. The group is known for its on-train performances, entertaining passengers with somersaults, breakdancing, and choreographed dance routines. They shared their story with us.