Newsletter for Thursday, March 5
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Strawberry Mansion bridge under a gray, wet sky this morning. Photo via @davidgriesing on Instagram.
NUTTER’S PLAN FOR SCHOOL MONEY: HIKE PROPERTY TAXES 9.3%
The outgoing Mayor of Philadelphia is going to ask City Council to hike Philadelphia homeowners’ property taxes 9.3 percent in an election year. The members of Council that the Inky got on the phone were less than thrilled — “The easy way out” and “A property tax increase? Please” are actual quotes from elected officials. Council prez Darrell Clarke is mum so far, but Republicans are in full flower over this. Now the plan would raise $100 million for the school district, as well as provide an extra $5 million or so to figure out how to fix Licensing and Inspections, the city agency in charge of buildings that fall down — so it’s not all bad.
JOE SESTAK AND HIS SNEAKERS ARE RUNNING FOR SENATE
Joe Sestak – the former Congressman from Pennsylvania who beat Arlen Specter when he turned Democrat before narrowly losing to GOP Sen. Pat Toomey – is running. Well, he’s running for Senate against Toomey again, yes — but mostly you can tell he’s running because he’s wearing a weirdly old-school pair of sneakers. We know this because he wore them to his announcement yesterday. This being 2015, Sestak’s sneakers already have a Twitter account. (Oh, and early polling shows Toomey’s kind of beating him, so we’ll see how this goes.)
HOW YOUNG INVOLVED PHILLY WANTS TO GET OUT THE MAYORAL VOTE
Young Involved Philadelphia’s election campaign centers not so much on voting for particular candidates but voting itself. The nonprofit group, which aims to connect young Philadelphians with each other and make Philadelphia a premier city, will try to find all the young people who cared enough to vote for the 2012 Presidential elections and convince them to care as much about their local elections. So basically YIP wants Philadelphia to wake up May 20, the day after this year’s primaries, and see that young people have greatly increased their voter turnout. YIP chief Nick Marzano talked with Billy Penn about the group’s plan for the election.
TO DO: DRINK UNDERGROUND
WHAT: The grand opening of U-Bahn, a bar & music venue under Brü Craft & Wurst
WHERE: 1320 Chestnut Street
WHEN: 4 PM
HOW MUCH: Beer and sandwich costs, so $10 and up
BILLY PENN LIKES
FISHTOWN: WHERE BILLY PENN SIGNED THE TREATY AND BILL MURRAY (MAYBE) DRINKS
If you’re living in Philadelphia nowadays, you’ve probably heard about the changes in Fishtown. The one-time mostly white, working class neighborhood not far northeast of Center City holds a rich history along the riverfront that dates back to the doings of Billy Penn himself. Now, the neighborhood has become the creative epicenter of the city — it’s home to more artists and musicians than any other area, and it’s exploded with bars, restaurants and entertainment. Here’s our neighborhood postcard for Fishtown.
INSIDE THE RICH HISTORY OF PENN’S PALESTRA
Throughout the years, the UPenn men’s basketball program has had a lot of great memorable moments. In 1971, they went through the entire regular season undefeated. On January 26, 1972, the program notched its 1,000th win with an 80-66 victory over La Salle. Fast-forward to January 14, 1981 when Ken Hall, captain of the team, hit a 25-foot buzzer-beater to lift Penn to a 51-49 victory over Temple. Unfortunately if you are a Quakers fan today, there has not been a whole lot to cheer for. Although the program is in the midst of a slump, one thing going for Penn basketball is their home court. The Palestra is heralded as one of the gems of college basketball.