Newsletter for Thursday, Aug. 27
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Zoo Balloon near a crime scene; photo via @carriedelphia on Instagram.
MYSTERY POLES ON NORTH BROAD EXPLAINED
You might have seen these tall steel poles in the middle of North Broad Street. There are going to be 2.5 miles of them headed up toward Temple, but they’ve been kind of a mystery. Mayor Nutter solved it yesterday: It’s a “street-brightening project,” which officials hope lures more businesses to the stretch that (let’s be frank) really slows down once you get past the Convention Center area. There will be 41 of them. Each stands 55 feet high. They’ll light up in fancy colors. The price tag was $8.7 million in federal, state and city dollars. The Inky has the relevant quotes from the Mayor, City Council President Darrell Clarke, and others.
WELCOME TO THE FRANCIS FESTIVAL (WHAT WE’RE CALLING THE TRAFFIC BOX)
Forget everything. Everything you’ve ever known, everything that you cherish or, at least, forget the phrase “traffic box.” That’s what Donna Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families, wants. In a press conference that almost veered into Kathleen Kane territory once or twice because of its mixture of odd pump-up tactics and gaffes, she announced the new name, the amount of jumbotrons that will be stationed at the event and even a papal contest. Mayor Michael Nutter also told Philly to relax and get excited for this pope visit. Here are a couple of updates on the pope’s upcoming visit, along with descriptions of a few odd moments, because they defined Wednesday’s press conference more than most of the new developments.
The College of Physicians, home of the Mütter Museum, is opening a pop-up beer garden to unveil an exclusive brew inspired by the herbs in the museum’s medicinal plant garden.
Where: Mutter's Botanical Garden at 19 S. 22nd Street
When: August 27, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay-as-you-go
BILLY PENN LIKES
PHILLY STARTUP AIMS TO BE UBER FOR LEARNING STUFF
Ever wanted to try your hand at wine pairing? Maybe photography? Or maybe you just want to learn to cook something other than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. A new Philadelphia startup wants to help you find out where those classes are being offered — you know, the kind of classes that don’t feel like traditional education. Last year, a bit after Sarah Huebscher and Anna Vresilovic had graduated from college, they saw a need to help people find these types of opportunities. Curious Bee was born.
THIS MONTH’S WHO’S NEXT PROFILES THE GIVERS
When a tragic car accident in 2012 left 27-year-old Tariq Mangum a quadriplegic, he made it his mission to channel it into something great: He created a foundation and now works with underserved kids in the city to build self-esteem and positive image in them. And Jessica Craft, a 30-year-old who works every day to help Philadelphia’s children learn music at no cost to them or their families. And Briana Morgan, a young Philadelphian dedicated to providing resources to those in the city with HIV/AIDS. Billy Penn’s Who’s Next series continues this month by listing some of the young movers and shakers in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector.