Newsletter for Wednesday, Jan. 14
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Sunset over Girard Avenue in Fishtown, via @VisitPhilly on Instagram.
RAMSEY CHAIRS OBAMA’S POLICING TASK FORCE, BEGINS ‘ENORMOUS TASK’
Philly’s police commissioner Charles Ramsey and Mayor Nutter headed to Washington on Tuesday, part of President Obama’s 11-person panel on policing. The panel is meeting in the wake of rolling outrage and protests; the panel’s supposed to recommend how to help, in the words of NBC News, “foster effective partnerships between law enforcement and local communities to reduce crime and also build trust.” The task force meets at least four more times, and its recommendations are due March 2 — and Nutter’s convinced, he told BuzzFeed, it’s “nowhere near rocket science. This is not even science. It’s just common sense. So we know what the [issues] are. Put it together, get it out there, let the public know that we’re really serious about it.”
DARRELL CLARKE 101: WHY THE FRONTRUNNER FOR MAYOR NEVER RAN
Darrell Clarke spurned the mayor’s race on Monday, news that makes every other person in the race and people who were on the fence about joining the race (Alan Butkovitz and Jim Kenney) incredibly happy. This is because Clarke was the favorite — if he decided to run. Why was he the favorite, exactly? It’s a combination of experience, union love and favorability among black voters in a city with a large black voting base. Billy Penn explains everything you need to know about the guy who could probably win the mayor’s race but decided he doesn’t want to run.
TO DO: LEARN ABOUT THE STARS AT THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE
WHAT: The Rittenhouse Astronomy Club at the Fels Planetarium
WHEN: 7:15 PM
WHERE: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
HOW MUCH: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
OLD CITY’S AMERICAN INDIAN MUSEUM WILL FINALLY BE DEVELOPED
The last time anyone used the 19th Century buildings at 223 Chestnut St. was in 2004. The United American Indians of the Delaware Valley closed its museum and trading post (yeah, that was a thing) in 2004, and the buildings have remained closed and blighted. But Hidden City reports the buildings have been sold and reconstruction work will begin this year — that’s more progress than the last time someone planned to redevelop this space. The First Church of Christ Scientist and “an office tenant” will be the new occupants. And before you get all worked up, YES, the reconstruction will be as historically sensitive as possible.
PHILEBRITY AWARDS: TIME TO GET VOTIN’ GUYS
The crew at Philebrity wants to hand out some hardware — file all these categories under “Of the year”: Non-profit, new musical artist, festival, Philly writer, Phoodie (TM), etc. Also: Who should be excommunicated — who do we never want to hear from again? (Yep, Bill Cosby’s on the list.) Go forth and vote, people.