Newsletter for Tuesday, Oct. 27
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Yes, that’s Richard Gere, the star of Pretty Woman, picking up the Liberty Medal on behalf of the Dalai Lama last night at the National Constitution Center. Photo via @fusco88 on Instagram.
MAYOR ORDERS PROBE INTO L&I
Did you read Sunday’s big story in The Inquirer about L&I not doing required inspections? The Mayor did. And apparently it troubled him; at a news conference hastily called on Monday afternoon, Michael Nutter (who has a mere 70 days left in office) ordered Amy Kurland, the city’s Inspector General, to begin an investigation into the Department of Licenses and Inspections. Now, he’s not saying the story is necessarily true (“I’ve learned over 31+ years you might not be able to trust everything you read in the paper”), but he’s asked Kurland to look into whether, as The Inquirer reported, some 82 demolitions were performed without the required inspections.
COLLEGE GAMEDAY OFFICIALLY COMING TO PHILLY
It’s officially official: ESPN’s College GameDay is coming to Philly this weekend. The undefeated Temple Owls take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Linc on Saturday; it’s a huge game for the Owls, which are nationally ranked for the first time. USA Today lists 6 reasons the decision makes sense, but really, we’re just looking forward to all the crazy signs.
Tree Philly is bringing together a bunch of experts from Philly Parks & Rec, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, the US Forest Service and more to talk about urban forestry, the city's historic trees, and how you can get involved with planting more. Retire to nearby Yards afterwards for beer and tomato pie.
Where: Penn Treaty Park at 1341 N. Delaware Ave.
When: October 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free talk, $5 for beer + tomato pie
BILLY PENN LIKES
UBER BY THE NUMBERS AFTER 1 YEAR IN PHILLY
It’s been a year since the PPA gathered up police on horseback and busted people driving for UberX when it first launched — albeit not wholly legally — in Philadelphia. So how’s it going now? The ridesharing giant based in San Francisco released figures that show how it’s grown in Philadelphia since last October, when its rollout was rocky. Here’s where we stand today.
HOW TO RAPPEL DOWN A SKYSCRAPER: ‘DON’T LOOK DOWN’
A Philadelphia organization helped our own Anna Orso take a step last week — over the edge of One Logan Square, 418 feet down the side of a skyscraper. It’s the same organization that for years has helped kids like 14-year-old Lucas Semin take a different type of step — one that pushes them out of their comfort zones and the confines of the city and into the woods where they’re forced to use skills they might never have used before. Here’s why Outward Bound does what it does for Philly kids.