Newsletter for Friday, July 3
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This perfectly-centered photo of fireworks at Penn’s Landing comes via Instagram user @cathalyse.
POPE FENCE BEING BUILT IN CENTER CITY
NBC10 has a Pope scoop: The city is planning to put up an 8-foot fence surrounding a four-mile stretch of Center City, to be completed when Pope Francis will be in town on September 26 and 27. The fence will start to go up that Monday, Sept. 21. Once it’s fully completed, Channel 10 says security sweeps will begin inside its perimeter. Oh, and it’s not at all clear whether cars will be allowed inside the fence, and Mayor Nutter held a special news conference to emphasize that people should get ready to walk during the World Meeting of Families. ICYMI, here’s the Pope’s itinerary for when he gets to town.
WHY LEGAL FIREWORKS SUCK IN PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania residents can’t buy “consumer-grade” fireworks in the state but if you’re from elsewhere, you can. You just sign a form that promises you’ll take those bottle rockets, roman candles and mortars back to your home state. But if you’re from Pennsylvania, you can go to other states and buy the big fireworks there while sometimes those residents can’t. Why? Well, it’s complicated.
WHEN CAN YOU CALL THAT FUNNEL CLOUD ON FACEBOOK A REAL TORNADO?
It was almost painful listening to the TV weather personalities talk about Tuesday night’s storm. They reported about a large, ominous cloud and played viewer videos and pictures. But they couldn’t call it what it looked like: A tornado. You wouldn’t hear the “t-word,” because that’s not allowed. While a massive storm can generate a funnel cloud that looks like a tornado, it is not officially a tornado until the National Weather Service says so. Here’s how that works.
TO DO: THE LIBERTY BLOCK PARTY
WHAT: Food trucks and three stages featuring live music and performances from local artists
WHERE: 5th and 6th Streets between Market and Chestnut streets.
WHEN: 1 PM – 8:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Free entertainment, food is pay-as-you-go
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IS PHILLY GREENER THAN IT USED TO BE?
How green is Philly? Greener than it used to be, but not as green as it wants to be. Since Mayor Michael Nutter took office in 2008, Philadelphia is trending in the right direction in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. But after years of work by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, more work is needed — here’s where things stand.
GO PHILLY GO: HOW TO LIVE HERE WITHOUT A CAR
With the recent launch of its bike share program and the city’s ongoing emphasis on sustainable transportation, it would make sense that Philadelphia would benefit from a route-mapping tool with sustainability in mind. As of yesterday, there’s an app, or at least a website, for that. GoPhillyGo, a new multimodal mapping tool, launched this week. It’s powered by open data and allows users to map out step-by-step directions from location to location in the Greater Philadelphia area. But how is this tool any different from Google Maps or MapQuest? Here’s what we know.