Newsletter for Wedneday, July 15
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This red Fairmount garage door stands out from the ivy behind it; photo via @zeebeeoh on Instagram.
OBAMA TALKS PRISON, POLICING REFORM IN PHILLY SPEECH
In front of thousands of NAACP convention attendees in Philadelphia, President Obama called for sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system. Obama gave a rousing speech, calling for reforms to the criminal justice system ranging from early childhood investment to decreasing the use of solitary confinement. Billy Penn recapped what he said — some of which was in emoji. (It’s kinda what we do.)
INSIDE THE ARMORY, CENTER CITY’S VERY OWN CASTLE
Philly’s a city of old buildings, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one as impressive as the Armory of the First Cavalry Troop. Located in Center City, this booming fortress features turrets, a sally port, and a plethora of military history. The Armory occupies an entire city block, bordered by 23rd, 24th Amory and Ranstead streets. Inside the Armory is a vast open drill hall, which you can rent for all kinds of events — from weddings to roller derbies. But when the event lighting comes down and the vendors leave, there’s much more to see. As part of our Secret Philly series, we take you inside the Armory.
CORRUPTION, BRIBES, STRIPPERS: A BRIEF LOOK AT THE STRUGGLES OF L&I
Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has been in the news a lot lately. We now know contractors have knocked down buildings without required permits, and that beer gardens can be shut down until they’re not. Since the department was established in 1951, more than 50 employees have been fired or arrested for some sort of corruption or major incompetence. This rap sheet includes extortion, bribery and being just plain bad at their jobs to the point where it’s criminal or negligent — ranging from sex with prostitutes on the job to $2 (!) bribes. Here’s a brief look at L&I, what it does, and its woes.
TO DO: OPENING DAY AT THE OVAL
WHAT: Food trucks, music, and a beer garden, so basically a big outdoor party.
WHERE: Eakins Oval, right outside the Art Museum
WHEN: 5-9 PM
HOW MUCH: Music is free, food /beer is pay-as-you-go
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE BIG LIST OF PHILLY NEIGHBORHOOD NICKNAMES
Philadelphia has hundreds of neighborhoods, all with nicknames that designate something about the area, from Strawberry Mansion to Fishtown to Pennsport. And many of these names have nicknames. Because why would you want to say Graduate Hospital when you could say G-Ho? Billy Penn has attempted a quick catalogue for many of these nicknames and has explained the nicknames that need a little background to understand.
TRANS PHILLY: THE STRUGGLES AND SUCCESSES OF ONE PARENT
Fourteen years ago, Pat Tedora found Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Tedora was struggling as the parent of a transgender teen. But that moment, in a Catholic church in Center City, helped her come to grips with what it even means to be gay, trans or gender creative. In the last edition of Billy Penn‘s look at what it’s like for transgender people in Philadelphia, we talked to Tedora about her struggles and successes.