Newsletter for Tuesday, Sept. 8
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Old ships at anchor in the Navy Yard; photo via @jacques_legrind on Instagram.
NUTTER: I KEPT WAITING FOR ONE OF YOU TO ASK ABOUT POPE TICKETS
Much is revealed about Pope Francis’ forthcoming visit to Philly in this long post from The Inquirer‘s religion reporter, David O’Reilly. In no particular order: Mayor Nutter totally knew about tickets and “kept waiting” for reporters to ask about it; none ever did; The route of the papal parade (Parkway -> City Hall -> Parkway -> Eakins Oval); and the fact that you totally ought to love watching this mass with 850,000 of your closest pilgrim friends on a Jumbotron instead of in the comfort of your living room. It’s definitely worth digging through.
2015 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY: MOST $ EVER, LEAST VOTES EVER
They spent all that money, and barely anybody voted. The Democratic candidates from the spring — for mayor, for City Council, and every city office — plus the PACs that supported ’em dropped a whopping $28.7 million to get your vote. (The total for the GOP for all city offices? $630K.) The Next Mayor‘s Tom Ferrick has more.
New news publication the Philadelphia Citizen wants to know: "How great would Philadelphia be if its citizens cared about our civic health as much as our football team?" And guess what? All-time Sixers great Barkley and current Eagle Connor Barwin feel the same. For just $10, you can hang with the sports stars and listen to them talk good deeds and progress.
Where: Arch Street Presbyterian Church at 1724 Arch St.
When: September 8, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $10
BILLY PENN LIKES
HOW PHILLY BECAME, AND STAYED, A UNION TOWN
More than 150,000 Philadelphians are represented by dozens of labor and trade unions throughout the city. And sure, there are the large ones: the police, the teachers, the electricians. But collectively, unions wield a power in Philadelphia seen in few other cities in America — a power that has supported the Democratic machine over the years and kept Philadelphia solidly in the blue for decades. So yesterday, as took a breather for the nationa holiday commemorating organized labor, Billy Penn took a look at the history of labor unions in Philadelphia and how they’ve held onto power for so long.
HOP SING LAUNDROMAT OWNER TALKS ABOUT THE BULLSEYE ON HIS BACK
We sat down with Lê, the owner of Chinatown’s Hop Sing Laundromat — recently named one of the 30 best bars in the world. In a long Q&A, the former day trader who kicked a substance abuse habit (“if I owned a gun, I wouldn’t be here today”) talked about why he chose Philly, why nobody ever fights in his bar, and why he’ll leave the city someday.