Newsletter for Wednesday, Jan. 28
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Bundle up today, kids; the temp won’t get above freezing. Photo via Instagram user @deanndylema.
LULULEMON CAVE-IN: ‘PROPERLY MAINTAINED BUILDINGS DON’T COLLAPSE’
Shoppers at yoga apparel store Lululemon in Center City got a big shock yesterday when the roof came down — literally — sending three women to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. What happened at the store at 15th & Walnut? A fifth-floor brick parapet from a neighboring building collapsed, sending debris crashing through the store’s roof. “Properly maintained buildings don’t collapse,” a lawyer who specializes in building collapses said yesterday (and let’s please pause to recognize that, in this city, that’s something one is able to specialize in; yikes). The landlord couldn’t be reached for comment, but investigators from the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections are on it.
‘CODE BLUE’: WHAT HAPPENS TO PHILLY’S HOMELESS IN DANGEROUS WEATHER
The city of Philadelphia called for a “Code Blue” twice this week. That means the city will attempt to find shelter for all of Philadelphia’s 6,000 homeless. To find and convince many of the homeless to accept shelter, 35-plus outreach coordinators who work with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Supportive Housing, Department of Behavioral Health and through the nonprofit Project HOME will work until 2 a.m. or later. Here’s what happens for people without a place to stay when it gets dangerously cold outside.
TO DO: SEE THE GUY JAMES FRANCO PLAYED IN ‘SPRING BREAKERS’
WHAT: Riff Raff at the Trocadero
WHERE: 1003 Arch Street
WHEN: Doors, 8 pm; show 8:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Tix start at $22.50
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHO WINS AND LOSES IF THE DNC COMES HERE
Any day now, the Democratic National Committee is going to announce where it will hold its 2016 convention, and you’ve probably heard that Philly is on the shortlist. There will be winners and losers in Philly whether or not the massive convention comes to town on July 25, 2016 — and that date means it’ll be hot. While the DNC picking our city would be a massive economic driver, anyone trying to get anywhere or do anything will probably be met with long lines filled with thousands of sweaty Democrats. It’s basically going to suck for locals. Brace yourselves.
THE 101 ON WHY THE POPE IS COMING TO PHILLY
The Pope is coming in September? Why? Well, it ain’t for the cheesesteaks. The papal visit comes as part of the 8th World Meeting of Families conference, which Philadelphia is hosting. The event will kick off September 22 at the Philadelphia Convention Center, with hundreds of thousands – potentially millions – expected to attend at least one event, including a massive outdoor Papal Mass that Sunday on the Ben Franklin Parkway. So what’s the big deal? Billy Penn gives you the breakdown on what to expect during the event and everything that comes along with it.