Newsletter for Thursday, Sept. 17
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The developers of the Divine Lorraine Hotel held a “pop-up shop” last night — and Philly’s curious waited hours to get in. Earlier, Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke held a groundbreaking ceremony that kickstarted development of the decrepit landmark; photo via @jota_pe_ on Instagram.
GOOD LUCK GETTING CELL SERVICE NEXT WEEKEND, PHILLY
The 1.5 million or so people who crowd into Benjamin Franklin Parkway to see Pope Francis next week are going to want to use their cell phones. They’re going to want to take a picture or a video and post it to Instagram or Snapchat. This is a fact. It’s 2015 and attendance at a Pope party is something people will want to share with friends and family. The problem is: these tons of people will be doing all of this at the same time, straining cellular and WiFi networks. The good news? The cellular networks have fortified their coverage. The bad news? No amount of fortification can prepare them for 1.5 million Tweeters, Snapchatters, Facebookers and Instagrammers.
THREE NEW THINGS ABOUT THE POPE’S VISIT
The mayor and members of city government held a press conference this morning to discuss some final notes regarding the Papal visit coming next weekend and to hype up the city (maybe, hopefully, to draw more people to fill those thousands of hotel rooms still vacant). “Use this historic opportunity to tell our story to the world,” Mayor Nutter said, adding that he’s proud to be “cheerleader-in-chief.” Here are three things to know about logistics.
The bands Alabama Shakes and Drive By Truckers are in town again; catch 'em while the weather's still good.
Where: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts at 5201 Parkside Avenue
When: September 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Tickets start at $33 on StubHub
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHAT STORES ARE ON THE MOST-ROBBED BLOCKS IN PHILLY?
Philadelphia police have fielded calls for more than 17,000 reports of theft so far this calendar year — and nearly 10 percent of those reports came from the same 20 blocks. Billy Penn went through data publicly available via Open Data Philly, which posts crime statistics (for part 1 offenses like murder, rape, burglary and theft) for the year to date. Due to privacy, only the block is listed in the data where the thefts occur, rather than a specific address. But many of these blocks have just one or two establishments on them — and you’d be surprised at how many are simply huge stores like Wal-Mart and Target.
MORE DEPARTURES FROM WHYY, PICS FROM CITY COUNCIL’S PARTY
Two more people have resigned from WHYY in the wake of the departures of Chris Satullo and Matt Golas. Philadelphia’s City Council was welcomed back to work last Thursday night during a swank evening of boozing and shmoozing at 1925 Lounge on 17th street. Welcome to our first weekly roundup of what we’re seeing, and what we’re wondering.