If it seems like you’re noticing an abnormally high number of charity canvassers around Philly, you’re right. According to canvassers — or as they’re also called, charity muggers or chuggers — the city is seeing more of them than likely ever before, with several new organizations having jumped into the Philadelphia market in the last year. We talked to some of them to see what the reaction has been like — everything from being ignored to cursed out to threatened — and to ask why so many have come to town.
Sorry, pop-up beer garden haters. Those outdoor alcohol oases are contributing to a huge bump in revenue for the city's cash-strapped school district. Between FY2013 and FY2017, liquor tax revenues in Philadelphia increased by 38 percent from $52 million to $73 million, according to numbers crunched by the Office of City Controller Alan Butkovitz. The reason? He says it's tourism combined with the "ongoing success" of beer gardens.
The death of Philadelphia cabs has been widely reported since the day UberX entered the market without legal permission in October 2014. But what about the PPA’s Taxi & Limousine Division, the group charged by the state with regulating those vehicles? It’s struggling now, too. Read how cab owners are rebelling by not paying quarterly dues and the PPA doesn't even have enough staff to regulate vehicles, leaving Philly feeling like the "wild, wild West."
Hall of Fame boxer and Philadelphia legend Joe Frazier may soon have a street named after him. His daughter, Weatta Frazier Collins, is circulating a petition to change Glenwood Avenue in North Philadelphia to Joe Frazier Boulevard, and the community is thrilled. The city has already named a handful of streets after famous Philadelphians, and the honorees are diverse — from Civil Rights advocate Cecil B. Moore to R&B singers Boyz II Men. But not quite as diverse as the list of names we got when we asked people who Philly streets should be named for, OR the list we got in the Facebook comments.
If you don't like crowds of people enjoying outdoor eating, drinking, shopping and dancing, stay away from NoLibs on Sunday. But if you're like the more than 6k folks interested in the FB event, definitely head to Second Street. Instead of speeding cars, the stretch from Germantown to Green will be full of 250 vendors, three music stages, beer gardens and more.
Where: North Second Street at Germantown Ave. & N. 2nd St. 19123
When: August 6, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Cheap drinks, a pool table, a giant patio and an intimate performance stage are just a few of the things that make the El Bar one of the best watering holes in all of Philadelphia. But the tavern at the corner of Front and Master just got a lot cooler. Literally cooler, thanks to the installation of a new central air system — a first in the bar's 52-year history.
German beer halls aren't exactly known for light fare, but hear us out on this one: You need to get to Brauhaus Schmitz this summer. Chef Jeremy Nolen is back in the kitchen at the South Street tavern, and he's added a selection of plates that are perfect for warm weather. Check out the summery new seafood dishes, plus a new way to get down on the sausages Nolen is famous for.
Philly continues to be a hotbed for great music, and as part of our Who's Next series, Billy Penn will be spotlighting some of the industry’s most talented professionals. Nominate your favorite local musicians, producers or industry moguls under 40 here.