Out of the thousand vehicles in Philly's Indego bike share system, there's one that's been used the most frequently. Which is it? Working with local data engineer Ben Garvey of Magento, Billy Penn pinpointed No. 2679, a black-and-white patterened Mural Arts bike. Garvey mapped out all 1,975 trips the bike has taken over the past three years, and then we and tracked it down IRL to take it for a spin. Here's everything you'd want to know about the star two-wheeler.
There’s finally a way to fly nonstop from Philly to Mexico City — a change that will make a monumental difference in the lives of Mexican immigrants living here. Tickets for the new PHL→MEX American Airline route went on sale yesterday; service begins July 5. Previously, the only nonstop from Philadelphia went to Cancún. Here's why being able to fly straight to the capital is especially significant for Philly’s fast-growing Mexican community.
Luminaries from around the culinary world gathered in University City yesterday for the annual Philly Chef Conference organized by Drexel. A panel on the role of the restaurant critic in the age of #meetoo featured a mini showdown between New Yorker food writer Helen Rosner and Inquirer critic Craig LaBan. At issue is the piece LaBan published saying it was impossible for him to pass moral judgement on chefs, and that he would "stick to the food" when it came to reviewing, instead of trying to suss out a potential harasser. Per Rosner, it's harmful to publish that kind of pre-emptive mea culpa, and she said so on Monday. In response, a PMN editor rose and read a three-minute statement from the absent critic.
This week, the WHYY-PlanPhilly newsroom is tackling the issue of gentrification. Its history in Philadelphia is explored in this longread. The piece first details the mid-20th century creation of Society Hill, then moves onto ask whether it's possible to continue modern neighborhood development in a way positive for all residents. What that means is also changing — these days in Philly, another article points out, gentrification is happening faster in some traditionally white neighborhoods than in traditionally black areas.
To celebrate the date of 3.14, Second District is hosting chef Sam Jacobson of East Passyunk pie shop Stargazy for an evening-long pop-up. On the menu will be flaky English pies in both meat and veg varieties, available on their own or with a pint for $10 total. Available until supplies last.
Where: Second District Brewing Co. at 1939 S. Bancroft St., 19145
When: March 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go