Everyone — from the NFL to the city to the media — has said the NFL Draft could have a huge economic impact on Philly — somewhere in the ballpark of $80 million. But the real impact will likely be much less. Every time a massive event comes to the city, the boosters charged with raising funds and drumming up attention tout its economic impact in advance, as it was in Philly for the papal visit and the Democratic National Convention. This hype has been debunked in study after study. So why do we keep falling for it?
After six months with a sign on the door saying the location was “under renovation," Wok Street — the Center City Asian bowl fast-casual from sushi-burrito specialist Hai Street Kitchen — has officially closed. The reason? Parent company Sakura Dining Corp. has been spun off, and former owner Peace Dining Corp. gets to keep the Wok Street name. Meanwhile, expansion of Hai Street is moving full speed ahead, with three new openings slated for this year.
For her 25th birthday, South Philly resident Samantha Pinto ordered a custom-made Pat Toomey piñata and filled its head with candy, condoms and lubes. Criticism of the U.S. senator has intensified locally since Trump’s win November, but this weekend's party took things to another level. Billy Penn was there to witness Pinto's guests have at it. Here are video and photos from the night.
|What||The Philadelphia Coalition for a Just District Attorney is hosting a community forum with all the candidates for DA (except Republican Beth Grossman, who has a schedule conflict), with the goal of sussing out each person's views and ideas for how to fix the broken and overused prison system. Free registration requested.|
|Where||Arch Street United Methodist Church at 55 N. Broad St. 19107|
|When||April 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm|
|How much||Free with registration|
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After years of cash being the only payment option for trips on the Regional Rail Airport Line, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority suddenly offers two different ways to pay electronically. And neither is through the SEPTA Key cards that the transit authority has been promoting for forever months. So yes, it’s a little complicated. But here's the explanation of how you can use your credit card and even an app to get to the airport on Regional Rail.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority recently announced it's looking for a new executive director to replace disgraced former chief Vince Fenerty and interim boss Clarena Tolson. The job posting is pretty standard. But we wrote what we think is a more accurate job description for head of the PPA (hint: an ideal candidate will have lots of friends and family members in need of cushy jobs).