Newsletter for Thursday, Oct. 15
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Philly’s skyscrapers shine at night; photo via @rocco_g on Instagram.
NOMOCAB: DREXEL STUDENT INVENTS UBER BUT FREE
Philadelphia is about to get a new ride-sharing service, a la Uber and Lyft. But there’s a catch: It’s all free for riders. Raj Singh, a Drexel student who founded a drone-based ad company, is now preparing to launch NoMoCab, a on-demand car service that offers free rides to passengers and makes money off of advertisers that pay for car wraps and product promotions inside the vehicles. The beta started yesterday.
DOZENS OF PHILLY ARTISTS ARE TRYING TO GET YOU TO VOTE
More than 60 of Philadelphia’s best-known artists, from street artist Kid Hazo to Philadelphia Magic Gardens mosaic man Isaiah Zagar to urban artist NDA, have one thing in common over the next few weeks: Getting you to vote. Conrad Benner, the photojournalist and documentarian from Fishtown behind the Streets Dept.brand, helped to rustle everyone up — and it was easier than he expected, he told Billy Penn. “I’ve documented these artists,” Benner said, “and every artist I knew and loved, every single one, said ‘yes’ to this.” What’s “this”? It’s called Next Stop: Democracy, and here’s what it entails.
It's a street-level walking tour alongside the proposed 3-mile Rail Park site to learn about the historic City Branch and Reading Viaduct. The tour starts near the entrance to the tunnel under Pennsylvania Avenue, following The Cut east towards The Inquirer building, and ending at the Viaduct on the site of Phase 1 on the 1200 Block of Noble Street.
Where: N. 21st and PA Avenue (on the east side of the Rodin Museum
When: October 15, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $27.25
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WHY WE DON’T HAVE A BUDGET YET (STILL)
Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg have not yet come anywhere close to an agreement on not only how state money should be spent, but how it should be brought in, causing one of the longest budget stalemates in years. Wolf is in favor of tax increases. Republicans who won election on not raising taxes in their districts are reluctant to vote for that. “So each side thinks they have it,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. “And now it’s a classic situation for a deadlock.” We looked at how they got here, and why it looks like they’ll still be stuck for a while.
INSIDE THE BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS GALA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania, which is all about mentoring, celebrated its 100th anniversary with a gala Tuesday night. Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins performed, joined by musicians Macy Gray, Vanessa Williams and Shontelle. Actor Marlon Wayans co-hosted the event with baseball star Mone Davis. Also, former mayor Wilson Goode had some thoughts about the guy who’ll probably be the next mayor, Jim Kenney.