The first set of new crosswalks on South Broad were installed at Sansom Street yesterday. Rejoice, because that marks the beginning of the end for the construction around Walnut and Chestnut that's been snarling traffic and giving pedestrians agita. Announced last year, the project will revamp four intersections to make them safer, prettier and more accessible. By the week of May 21, a Streets Dept. spokesperson told Billy Penn, the first phase of the aesthetic upgrades and accessibility improvements should be complete. The whole project, which will include curbless intersections and raised crosswalks with a stamped design, should be finalized by late June.
Last night, the Juvenile Law Center hosted its annual Leadership awards. Along with a youth criminal justice attorney and a welfare reform-minded judge, the Philly NGO chose an unusual third honoree: Teen Vogue. Thanks to its widely read News + Politics section, the former tween fashion rag has become the go-to site for young Americans looking to understand politics and social issues. The collaboration between the law center and the magazine will continue: the JLC and Teen Vogue are teaming up for a month's worth of coverage about the foster care system, and the first article is already live.
It’s been called the “most irrelevant” political office in Harrisburg. Not this year. Five Democrats are running in the May 15 primary for Pennsylvania's lieutenant governorship, despite the fact that one of the candidates — Lt. Gov. Mike Stack — is incumbent. Add four Republicans and you've got a crowded field. We put together a backgrounder on the race, including a list of who's on the ballot, info on the Stack-Wolf split and notes on what an LG actually does. Meanwhile, if you want to go deep on the race for Congress in Pa.'s Fifth District, Holly Otterbein of PMN did a long interview with eight of the 10 candidates. The first is published here.
The Sixers season ended last night with a 114-112 loss to the Celtics in a hard fought Game 5. There'll be plenty of analysis in the coming weeks, but some facts about coach Brett Brown and his team this year are undeniable. Yes, as Keith Pompey notes, turnovers and missed opportunities are still sore points. The Celtics were suffering from injuries and still managed to dominate. However, overall, this was the Sixers' best season since 2001, and the future looks bright. That's the attitude many fans adopted after the buzzer last night, including Eagles QB Carson Wentz ("Keep your head up fellas!") and offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who tweeted "Helluva year."
- We're hard at work putting together our regular procrastinator's guide to the May 15 primary election, with quick and easy reference points you can scroll through as your prepare to fill out your ballot. Look for it this weekend.
- The Comcast Technology Center is making its mark on the skyline. When viewed from the west, a reader pointed out when sending this pic, it looks a lot like zipper in the sky.
- If you haven't seen the very Philly version of the "is this a pigeon" meme, yes, it involves the word jawn.
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest returns for a fourth season on Friday with roller skating, mini golf, games, rides and concessions. It's open weekend-only through the end of May, then seven days a week starting after Memorial Day.
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest at 101 Columbus Blvd., 19106
When: May 11, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. to May 13, 2018 at 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go