Newsletter for Thursday, March 21
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Spruce Street Harbor Park is just about ready; the pop-up space opens this weekend, and there are preview nights this week. Photo via @phillylovenotes on Instagram.
JOHNNY DOC 101: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT KENNEY’S BIGGEST SUPPORTER
Jim Kenney nabbed 45 endorsements before his primary win Tuesday, but one loomed larger than all the rest: That of John Dougherty. Dougherty, known citywide as just “Johnny Doc,” has been a political juggernaut for decades, with influence that stretches from City Council to the state Supreme Court to the federal government. So now that his choice is the city’s likely next mayor, what’s next?
DOUG OLIVER TALKS ELECTIONS AND WORKING FOR KENNEY
After Jim Kenney voted on Tuesday, he joked that he considered voting for Doug Oliver. Oliver, who finished fourth with 4.3 percent of the vote, was the guy everyone seemed to like in this mayoral race — if they knew him. The 40-year-old Oliver, the lone Democratic candidate in the race under 50, had the least political experience of anyone running. Billy Penn spoke with Oliver about what he learned from his campaign and his plans for the future.
HOW THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES DID IN THEIR HOODS
Anthony Williams’ popularity in West Philly was no match for Jim Kenney’s landslide win in the Democratic primary for mayor Tuesday night, but there’s still good news for the state Senator: He won his neighborhood. For more on where each of the candidates are from and what their home neighborhoods are like, check out our Philly Neighborhood Index: Mayoral candidate edition. Here’s how each candidate did in his or her home ward.
TO DO: GET BUGGY WITH AN OLD JEFF GOLDBLUM FLICK
WHAT: David Cronenberg’s classic B-movie ‘The Fly’, part of ‘Mega-Bad Movie Night’
WHERE: The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway
WHEN: 5:30-9 PM
HOW MUCH: $15 for a ticket; $25 for a ticket plus open bar
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HOW COMCAST WILL FILL ITS NEW SKYSCRAPER
Comcast has a large building to fill. To be precise, by 2018 it will need to fill the 59 floors of its second tower. Already, a few decisions have been made about which departments are going to be working in the building when it is finished, though little is clear about the exact floors they’ll be on. Here are four things to know about what will be going on inside Comcast 2.
MANTUA, FROM PLAYGROUND FOR THE RICH TO BLIGHT AND RECOVERY
Two hundred years ago, Mantua started out as a small development for Philadelphia’s rich to get away from the noise of the city. It was even named after a beautiful Italian town. After years of neglect, Mantua and its residents are working to rejuvenate the West Philly neighborhood and steer its reputation away from gang violence — and of the specter of Kermit Gosnell, the infamous late-term abortion doctor convicted of murder. In the latest post of our neighborhood postcard series, we look at the neighborhood, its history and its future.