Newsletter for Tuesday, May 12
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
They start bikers pretty young in Philly — this no-pedal number was spotted at the Barnes Museum. Photo via @ljweidner on Instagram.
THE PROCRASTINATING VOTER’S GUIDE TO THE MAYOR’S RACE
So there’s a week left until it’s time to figure out your voting location and go vote for a new mayor. If you’re the person right now who’s wondering what difference these six candidates will really make in your life, don’t fret. You’re not alone. Whether you care about pot or education or Uber or cops, we’ve got you covered on where each of the six Democratic mayoral candidates stand. First, meet the candidates and get a feel for who they are and what they stand for. Then, scroll down to see each of their stances on the issues you care about.
POPE’S VISIT CAUSED PHILLY HINDUS TO CANCEL THEIR BIG FESTIVAL
The Pope has kicked out the Hindus this year. The pontiff’s late September visit is expected to bring two million visitors to Philadelphia for Pope Francis’ first trip to the United States, meaning anyone who wanted to have another event that weekend is pretty much out of luck. That includes Philadelphia’s Hindu leaders’ annual event called the Ratha-Yatra, which is coordinated by the national Festival of India group. The parade that typically takes place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway culminates with a vegetarian Indian food feast for about 5,000 people or so. But not this year.
TO DO: GET CRAFTY AT FDR PARK
WHAT: Philadelphia Visual Arts brings its “Art in the Park” event to “Love Your Park Week,” which runs through Saturday.
WHERE: FDR Park, 1900 Pattison Ave.
HOW MUCH: FREE
BILLY PENN LIKES
WE HAVE A NEW VP / SALES AND MARKETING
Veteran Philadelphia-area digital sales and marketing expert Angela Smith is joining Billy Penn as vice president of events and sales. “I am so excited to be joining Billy Penn,” Smith says. “I look forward to sharing our site with more Philadelphians and highlighting the great work that this team does every day.” “We’re thrilled to have Angela joining us,” said Billy Penn CEO & founder Jim Brady. “She brings to us the experience that will allow us to continue building a business around the loyal audience we’ve already built, and a drive that makes her a natural fit on our staff. To me, today starts the next exciting phase of Billy Penn.”
THE PHILLY AFFORDABILITY INDEX: HOW WE COMPARE TO OTHER CITIES
Philadelphia is trying to solve its “brain-drain” problem. People leave here after they graduate, or they leave because they find a second job elsewhere. Many young people have doubts they’ll stay here for the long run. But those who decide to leave Philadelphia for another big city, particularly on the East Coast, had better hope they’re getting a raise. It’s pretty inexpensive here, compared to nearby big cities and those on the West Coast. Using a salary of $45,000, Billy Penn has compared how much you’d need to make in other cities to have the same spending power as you would in Philly.