Parking costs more in Philly than it does in most major cities worldwide, according to a new study released this week by an automotive parts and accessories company headquartered in Berlin. The study examined lots of factors considered to make cities drivable, and Philly was near the very bottom of the list for parking costs. Check out the results, plus all the terrible, good and terribly good tweets in our Week in Parking.
The City of Philadelphia dropped two major plans this week that, on the surface, aren't super related. But look into the details and the goals are the same: make the city a better place to live. First came the announcement of a Municipal Energy Master Plan to cut energy use in city-owned buildings by 2030. It's no small feat, considering the Art Museum alone spends $3 million a year just to heat, cool and light the space. Then yesterday, Mayor Jim Kenney announced the Vision Zero Action Plan with an entirely different kind of goal: zero traffic deaths in Philadelphia. Bikes, cars, pedestrians, those beer bike tourist things — everyone should be able to get around safely.
When it comes to tourism, Philadelphia is a destination on the rise. It'll always be a place to learn about the founding of America, but visitors are realizing it's a megacity that offers lots more while still maintaining a special historic feel. "There’s an authenticity that sets it apart," said Chris Petrucci, business development manager at the PHL Convention & Visitors Bureau. Chris is one of 14 people highlighted on our September edition of Who's Next, featuring 14 young ambassadors helping build Philly hype.
Interminable is a Philly band through and through, but their sound is inspired in part by son jarocho music rooted in Veracruz, Mexico. The number of bandmates and the instruments they play is constantly changing, but the focus on improv-fusion remains constant. Currently on tour and about to return to the studio, the group plays The Rotunda tonight in West Philly. Get more info on this Broad Street Line-born band before you check out the show.
Cycle Brewerytown owner Tiffany Wallace is Haitian-American, and though her family is all safe after Hurricane Irma swept through their island, many other families were devastated. On October 1, all classes at her studio will be free, except for a $20 cash donation at the door, which will go entirely toward relief for victims in Haiti. Advance registration recommended.
Where: Cycle Brewerytown at 2819 W. Girard Ave. 19130
When: October 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
How much: Free with $20 donation
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Everyone in Philly hates Steven Singer. If not because you're a man whose wife likes to shop at his Jewelers Row store, then because the store has been pounding that stereotype into your head in its ads for years. Singer spoke recently at the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business Conference about why he's still so successful even as retail needs and the jewelry industry have changed. No, it's not the "I hate Steven Singer" ads. It's mobile.
Because every day is a day, today is National Coffee Day! And to celebrate, Wawa is giving away free coffee all day. Given java's only a buck at Wawa right now, this probably isn't the best deal in town, but hey, free is free. And while you're there, pick up a soft pretzel or two. You might be surprised at how good they are. We were when we taste-tested the city's favorite soft pretzels and, yep, Wawa won. Our great soft-pretzel debate was rekindled lately and people were MAD as heck, so please, check it out and you, too, can let us know how wrong we were. But don't forget to get a coffee first. Angry tweets and Facebook comments are always better with caffeine.