Newsletter for Tuesday, June 9
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Apocalyptic-looking storm clouds before last night’s rain surround the Cira Centre. Photo via @brendanlowry on Instagram.
WHY COUNCILMAN SQUILLA WAS AT A ‘WHITE LIVES MATTER’ RALLY
The Philadelphia city councilman who was featured on Gawker this weekend for attending a rally where “white lives matter” was yelled through a megaphone was apparently invited to the rally in South Philly by a Philadelphia Police captain. Councilman Mark Squilla’s Chief of Staff Anne Kelly told Billy Penn Monday that the councilman was invited by a district police captain and community members, and that the rally “was not racially motivated.” Squilla later spoke to Philly Mag: “…nobody was talking about race until this reporter came up to me and said, ‘What do you think about the racial attacks?’ What racial attacks? … Obviously some people were fueling some type of racial problems in there. Because the incident is between black girls and a white girl, it must be racial. That’s not what this rally was about, though.”
WHY TOM WOLF TOURED 30 SCHOOLS IN HIS FIRST FEW MONTHS IN OFFICE
In the 139 days since Tom Wolf was inaugurated as governor of Pennsylvania, he’s spent a significant portion of that time touring 30 schools across the state, from Erie to Kensington. The new governor’s social media accounts have been littered with never-ending photos of him smiling with kids and shaking hands with teachers, walking the halls with aides and chatting up superintendents. It’s happened dozens of times over. Why? It’s budget season, and with an opposition party running the state House and Senate, he’s looking for all the help he can get.
‘CODE RED’: WHAT HAPPENS WITH PHILLY’S HOMELESS WHEN TEMPS CLIMB
In the summertime months when the heat in the city can force Philadelphia indoors to escape from the sun beating down, Philadelphia’s 6,000 homeless remain especially vulnerable. During these times, city officials work to get the homeless indoors with a higher intensity. Similar to what the Office of Supportive Housing does in the winter months with “Code Blue,” the same agency declares a “Code Red” in the summer when the National Weather Bureau predicts weather conditions that could be dangerous to people living on the streets. Here’s what happens then.
TO DO: A POETRY OPEN MIC
WHAT: Pecola Breedlove & The Freedom Party, the first in a weekly featured performance / open mic.
WHERE: A Poets Art Gallery, 4032 Girard Ave
WHEN: 7-9 PM
HOW MUCH: $5
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW CHEESECAKE FACTORY OPENING IN PHILLY
Philly is about to get its first Cheesecake Factory, and it’s a fancy one: Super-discerning Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron described the new building just being finished at 15th and Walnut as “a creamy-rich glass box.” When doors open on June 23, Philadelphians will get a chance to find out what makes this American comfort food chain so popular — there are currently 165 full-service locations across the country. The restaurant is famous for its huge portions and equally expansive menu, which contains features both endearing and abhorrent. For example, there is a cheesesteak offered, and it’s even spelled correctly (as a single word). However, it’s a “California Cheesesteak.” Check out other interesting menu stats in Billy Penn’s Cheesecake Factory Menu Index.
THE PHILADELPHIA AIR CONDITIONING INDEX
The best word to describe Philadelphia in the summer: Moist. Add climbing temperatures to punishing humidity and you get the “heat index,” which you’d swear the newscasters keep using to taunt you into moving someplace drier. This week temperatures could swell to 95 degrees, and since most of the city’s pools aren’t open yet, it’s going to be… rough. Because of that, we used a hand-held air temperature gauge to figure out how cool (or warm) some of Philly’s public places, to better help you find out where to soak up the free chill. Without further ado, here’s the Philly Air Conditioning Index, from warmest to coolest.