Newsletter for Thursday, April 30
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Yesterday was a hang-at-Logan-Square-on-your-lunch-break kind of day. Photo via @booshbamf on Instagram.
PHILLY POLICE OFFICER ON ‘EVIL’ COPS AND HEALING AFTER BALTIMORE
We asked a member of the Philadelphia Police Department to describe what it’s like to watch riots and unrest a few short hours down I-95. The officer, who wished to remain anonymous, described life on the PPD: “Indescribable violence and cruelty. Viciousness that gets ignored by the public, swept away and forgotten about because it is easier that way. No one wants to believe that people can be evil.” The rest of the column is here.
OPINION: WHY BIKE SHARE WILL MAKE PHILLY BETTER
Have you heard the one about the failed bike share program? It goes something like this: Bike share comes to city. Everything gets ruined. It’s a common trope and appears on blogs and in newspapers around the launch of local bike share programs around the U.S. And the same is true here in Philadelphia. Before (and shortly after) Indego, Philadelphia’s new bike share system, debuted last week, some commentators had already declared it a failure. They said the bikes were too expensive, biking takes longer than walking (yes, seriously), Philly’s streets are too small, and what about helmets? But then there’s the reality. Bike share actually means one thing: More bikes. And that means more cyclists, safer commuters and better streets.
LYNNE ABRAHAM’S PENN STATE PROBLEM
After the Sandusky scandal broke out at Penn State, the disgraced assistant football coach’s charity — The Second Mile — retained the services of Lynne Abraham, the former Philly “deadliest” D.A. to investigate it. And then nothing happened. Now Abraham, running for mayor and reportedly tailing in internal polls, sure looks like she’s passing the buck on the probe. Here’s what she said then compared to what she’s saying now.
TO DO: OPENING DAY AT MORGAN’S PIER
WHAT: Top Chef Nicholas Elmi is the chef in residence for the pop-up park
WHERE: 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
WHEN: 4 pm
HOW MUCH: Varies
BILLY PENN LIKES
PENNSPORT: MUMMERS, FEDNUTS AND ‘IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY’ WERE BORN HERE
Welcome to Pennsport, home to a vast Irish American population, a bunch of Mummers clubs and everyone’s fav Philly donut. The first U.S. Navy ship was built off of Pennsport, a number of Revolutionary and Civl War-related landmarks sit in the area and it’s now home to traditional brick row-homes and a booming retail center on Columbus Boulevard. Oh, and the guy who made Always Sunny’s from there,too. In our latest edition of the Neighborhood Project, Billy Penn takes on Pennsport.
GIRDERS, STATUES, PHILLY JESUS (OF COURSE): RUNNING THE MUSEUM WITHOUT WALLS
You’ve brought tourist friends to PAFA’s giant paintbrush, giggled when Kid Hazo decorated it as a poop emoji, and dodged tourists taking photos in front of the Love sculpture. That’s enough, right? In the second part of Billy Penn’s effort to get up close and personal with public art (read part one here), we did the Association for Public Art’s Museum Without Walls tour, which is pretty much what it sounds like.