Newsletter for Friday, March 27
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Yep, going to be rainy again today. Photo via Instagram user @designkline.
POLLS: LYNNE ABRAHAM RELEASES ONE, DOUG OLIVER MOCKS IT
So you, faithful watcher of the Philadelphia mayor’s race, might be wondering: Who’s, uh, winning? We haven’t seen a news source or independent observer of this six-way contest release any polling information so it’s impossible to tell. The candidates probably have some idea but those polls are mainly used for internal purposes — how to adjust to the message or, geographically, where to campaign. Therefore it was a bit odd when Lynne Abraham’s campaign released an internal poll that shows her with double the support of anyone in the race. That’s problematic — the respondents were 500 registered voters, not likely voters — but the biggest problem is this: It’s her own poll. And as Doug Oliver noted when he released his own poll numbers a few hours later (Note: These were entirely made-up! He was joking!), “results are not random or representative and likely inaccurate, but still show that Oliver leads the pack by ridiculous amounts in the 2015 Mayor’s race.”
WHO’S NEXT: 16 EDUCATION LEADERS CHANGING PHILLY FOR THE BETTER
There are hundreds of teachers and education leaders making a difference every day in the lives of this city’s children. Take Kayla Conklin, a high school teacher in North Philly whose students were sending her drafts of their papers while off school on a recent snow day. There’s Leslie Grace, an art teacher who’s raised nearly $10,000 so a school in South Philly can have an art program for the first time in 15 years. And there are figures like Shanee Garner-Nelson, a political advocate whose work led to the elimination of more than 100 charter school entry barriers. So Billy Penn, with the help of The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, selected 16 young people who are working every day to improve how this city educates kids.
TO DO: GET A FREE PHILLY FLAG
WHAT: Philly Flag Day celebration, feat. the Taney Dragons, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Dilworth Paxon CEO Ajay Raju
WHERE: The Art Museum steps
HOW MUCH: Free!
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LOOK UP! THE TOP 10 PHILLY RESTAURANT ROOF DECKS
Maybe it’s because Philadelphians are humble at heart, or because the city is relatively flat, or because we were late to the modern skyscraper boom (though it appears to be coming), but Philly is definitely not a restaurant roof deck mecca. But, that just means we’ve got to take extra advantage of the rooftop bars we do have. In honor of warm weather (it’s coming, too…right?), here are the best places to eat and drink with the sky overhead and the sidewalk far below, along with hints of what to snap sunny pics of while you’re there.
THE BIG PHILLY COLLEGE LIVING INDEX: FIND WHERE YOU SHOULD LIVE
You’re a high school senior picking a school around Philly. Where should you live? Billy Penn examined 11 Philadelphia-area schools and quantified each’s entertainment options, housing prices and affordability, as well as its proximity to transit and how that contributes to the opportunity to best explore the city. The schools we looked at are Bryn Mawr, Cabrini, Drexel, Haverford, La Salle, Penn, Philadelphia University, St. Joseph’s, Swarthmore, Temple and Villanova. This index is highly (un)scientific. Data for restaurants, bars, coffee shops etc. comes from Yelp and the 1-mile perimeter in which they were included starts at the center of each school’s campus. Other data comes from the U.S. Census, the respective schools, and the old standbys above: Forbes and U.S. News and World Report. Ready? Go.