Newsletter for Friday, May 1
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
#PHILLYISBALTIMORE: PROTESTERS WALK CENTER CITY FOR HOURS
Organizers called Thursday afternoon’s event “Philly is Baltimore,” and it offered sympathetic city residents the first chance to take to the streets since the unrest this week in that city. But Philly’s protest — which began at 4:30 PM and tapered off slowly sometime after 10 PM — garnered only three arrests, and those came when protesters tried to access 676. As The Inquirer put it, “despite the tumult, noise, and moments of high tension – including a rush to reach and take over the Vine Street Expressway – nothing was broken and no one was seriously hurt.” We pulled together some tweets, photos and videos we collected while the event was ongoing, for another view of what the march was like.
MEET THE FIRST WOMAN TO FINISH THE FIRST BROAD STREET RUN
When Jan Yerkes-Roop toed the starting line of the first Broad Street Run in 1980, she didn’t see many other runners. Certainly not as many as she would see this year, with an estimated 40,000 entrants ready to run on Sunday, and especially not as many women. Women dominate running now. They account for 52 percent of the nation’s runners and 57 percent of its race finishers. The Broad Street Run is no exception. Last year, 19,384 women finished the race, compared to 15,785 men. Yerkes-Roop was participating in an entirely different Broad Street Run. Here’s what it was like for her.
TO DO: PARTY IN RITTENHOUSE SQUARE
WHAT: The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, all kinds of food and drink
WHERE: Rittenhouse Square
WHEN: Saturday, noon – 5 PM
HOW MUCH: Pay as you go
BILLY PENN LIKES
HACKING PATCO: SECRETS OF SEPTA’S SOUTH JERSEY COUSIN
PATCO is like SEPTA’s cousin, the one you see two or three times every year and aren’t quite sure where he lives these days (Brooklyn??? He did always have a thick beard). This South Jersey transit line is not so easy to understand and unfamiliar to many Philadelphians. But it can actually be quite convenient for trips to South Jersey or as a starting point for trips to New York or the Shore. All it takes is $1.40 (for a one-way ride) and heading toward a PATCO station in Philadelphia at Locust on 15th/16th streets, 12th/13th streets and 9th/10th streets or at 8th and Market. After that, Billy Penn has you covered with these insider tips for making the best use of PATCO.
WHO’S NEXT: 16 PHILADELPHIANS CHANGING THE ARTS
From the murals that adorn hundreds of city buildings through the Avenue of the Arts, up regal Broad Street to the small, community theaters in the neighborhoods, Philly’s arts scene is robust. And behind these successes are young people working daily to make this city better. Meet 16 artists and leaders in Billy Penn‘s latest edition of “Who’s Next” — otherwise known as as some of the most dynamic people under 40 who are shaping this city.