Newsletter for Friday, June 5
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The new skateable sculptures in Paine Park, by artist Jonathan Monk, open today; kickoff event details below. Photo via @steveweinik on Instagram.
THE PPA HANDED OUT 4.9 MILLION TICKETS SINCE 2012
Don’t mess with the PPA around Market Street. Or really around Center City in general. The people who dole out parking tickets are thorough. Thursday, the city released open data on the PPA parking violations for the first time. The organization has handed out 4.9 million tickets in the last three years. The most tickets, notes Philly Mag, have come in Center City, particularly on Market Street west of City Hall. No names were released, so don’t worry about your significant other finding out why you’re short on cash lately. But the data does include individual, anonymous numbers for vehicles, allowing us to find out that somebody who really needs to look in the mirror has racked up 1,041 parking tickets the last three years. That’s a ticket a day.
INGA SAFFRON: THE INQUIRER ARCHITECTURE CRITIC’S GREATEST HITS
The Inquirer’s Inga Saffron is one of the best in the business. She’s a Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic and has proven valuable enough to keep a newspaper job that doesn’t exist in almost every other market in this country. She’s also reeeeaaaaally difficult to please. In the last 20 years, Saffron has expressed displeasure with lots of famous, sometimes beloved buildings and landmarks in Philadelphia. If you look her up in a Philadelphia Inquirer archive dating back to the early 80s, you’ll find 93 articles that contain “Inga Saffron” and “bland.” She’s also compared two different things to Pepto Bismol (the Symphony Building and the colors of LOVE Park). Here’s a rundown of some of her most memorable architecture reviews.
TEMPLE PROF: NO, I DIDN’T SELL STATE SECRETS
The former head of Temple University’s physics department pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of stealing state secrets and selling them to China. Xiaoxing Xi, who’s 47 years old, is now represented by a lawyer for an Ohio woman accused of pretty much the same thing — those charges were dropped, The Inquirer notes. Xi was demoted after the accusations against him surfaced; he’s also taught at Penn State.
TO DO: SKATEABLE SCULPTURES FROM MURAL ARTS
WHAT: The Open Source project, Jonathan Monk’s skateable sculptures, including skate demos, live music, and food trucks.
WHERE: Paine’s Park, North 24th Street
WHEN: 6-9 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
EMO TINA FEY, YOUNG BRADLEY COOPER: 9 EARLY PHOTOS OF ICONIC PHILLY PEOPLE
Before Philly’s famous athletes, musicians, actors and politicians became famous, they went to high school in these parts. And in high school, Pink already looked emo. Bradley Cooper looked like Bradley Cooper. Ruben Amaro was a “momma’s boy.” Billy Penn has nine high school photos of famous people who grew up in Philadelphia, or people who got famous once they moved here.
HOW 5 PHILLY COLLEGES HAVE GOTTEN GREENER
With 120,000 college students living in Philadelphia, college neighborhoods are essentially their own little cities. Between the electric bill to keep the lights (and Netflix) on, the truck loads of food to keep the cafeteria stocked, and the gasoline to get commuters to campus, these densely populated college communities have a significant carbon footprint. Penn, Drexel, Temple, Villanova and Philadelphia University have signed The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Here’s what the sustainability pledge really means and how the Philly campuses are living up to it.