Newsletter for Thursday, Nov. 20
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The new Dilworth Park ice rink at night, via Instagram user @katelills
ONE MALL TO RULE THEM: KING OF PRUSSIA’S COURT AND PLAZA TO UNITE
The Simon Property Group unveiled plans Wednesday to make the already-insanely-large King of Prussia mall — which currently takes up two separate buildings, the Court and the Plaza — even bigger. How? By spending $150 million and combining them, creating even more traffic and parking woes in the ‘burbs. Simon anticipates creating around 400 jobs through this expansion.
LYNNE ABRAHAM, TONY WILLIAMS ARE RUNNING FOR MAYOR
Former Philly D.A. Lynne Abraham said — again! — that she’s running for mayor on Wednesday; this time, the announcement came with Mummers in front of about 200 supporters at the Franklin Institute. The 73-year-old Abraham’s noontime announcement was matched later in the day with one from state Sen. Anthony Williams, 57. The Inquirer has an overview of the press conferences and the race so far; we at Billy Penn just wonder whether Abraham wants to schedule any more, as this is the third time she’s announced she’s running for mayor since September.
PHILADELPHIA LAND BANK 101: A BLIGHT-KILLER, OR A DEVELOPER’S TOY?
You’ve seen the words “Philadelphia Land Bank” in headlines, and perhaps gawked at the release of its 182-page Strategic Plan. But unless you’re working on a PhD in how post-industrial American cities fight urban decay, you may not get what the fuss is all about. Hence Billy Penn‘s attempt at explaining the idea behind the Philadelphia Land Bank, and some of its pluses and minuses.
TO DO: WATCH ERIC LINDROS BE INDUCTED INTO THE FLYERS HALL OF FAME
WHAT: Philadelphia Flyers vs. the Minnesota Wild
WHERE: The Wells Fargo Center
WHEN: 7 PM
HOW MUCH: $42.50 and up
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HOW AND WHERE TO VOLUNTEER IN PHILLY ON THANKSGIVING
Billy Penn set off in search of how and where you can volunteer next Thursday. After all, homeless shelters in Philly engage more than 5,500 people living on the streets each year, and food kitchens serve many, many more. They need your help for the holidays. Lindsay Hughes, a spokeswoman with Philabundance, a hunger and food relief organization, said the best way to get involved is to find your local homeless shelter or food pantry and call to ask if they need assistance on Thanksgiving. With more than 400 food pantries and soup kitchens in the region, you should be able to find one locally that needs a hand.
YOU GUYS, LONGWOOD GARDENS HAS THE BEST BATHROOMS IN AMERICA
Cintas — which you may not know makes restroom supplies — has crowned Kennett Square’s Longwood Gardens with the best, uh, throne rooms in America. Yep, the bathrooms there won because of a feature called a “green wall,” as well as their etched glass and eco-friendly design. Apparently, Wednesday was “World Toilet Day,” too. The prize for “best bathroom”? A cool $2,500 worth of cleaning supplies (including mops) from Cintas.