Newsletter for Tuesday, Aug. 2
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Sun and super-dark clouds coexisting yesterday around 30th Street Station; photo via @sugarbuzz_ on Instagram.
SEPTA’S NIGHTMARE REGIONAL RAIL SUMMER CONTINUES
Careful what you wish for, Regional Rail riders. This week marked a change for commuters heading home on SEPTA’s most popular line, currently operating without 1/3 of its cars thanks to a structural defect that sent them packing for repairs which will continue through August. Those commuters were riding packed cars out of Center City, and as a result, conductors weren’t able to effectively check tickets for the commute home. That meant several people were getting a free ride. After some Regional Rail passengers noticed, they complained to the transit authority, which changed its policy and started checking everyone’s ticket before they could board a train out of the city at Jefferson, Suburban and 30th Street stations. Guess what? Now we’re seeing super-long lines. Wonder whether those initial passengers wish they could take back their gripes and just get home sooner? Us, too.
SORRY HILLARY: SOME TRUMP STUFF WAS MADE IN THE USA
Hillary Clinton followed her history-making DNC speech by staying in Philadelphia for an extra day and giving yet another speech Friday. The location was different, Temple University on North Broad Street rather than the Wells Fargo Center on South Broad, but much of the message was the same, primarily because she spent time attacking Donald Trump. At one point during the speech, Clinton said, “He doesn’t make a thing in America.” Really?
There's a potluck for the South Street mini station, a coordinated stoop-sit in Fishtown, and a picnic in Graduate Hospital. Gatherings across the city will help raise awareness about safety and crime prevention and strengthen police-community relations. Do a search to find what's going on in your neighborhood.
Where: Neighborhoods at locations across Philly
When: August 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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MEET THE PHILLY GENIUS WHO MADE A DUMPSTER POOL
Obviously, they power-washed it. About 50 bodies took a dip in the dumpster pool at Cedar Street Block Party, says Justyn Myers, one of the guys who set it up this weekend. Myers co-organizes this Riverwards block party annually with buddy Jake Long. They knew they wanted to bring back their Beer Olympics contest, and the giant slip-and-slide. But, Myers explains, with the heat, they really wanted a pool. Here’s how they rented it, and what L&I had to say about it.
WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS OF PHILLY HOUSES THAT DON’T BELONG
Sometimes in Philly the rowhouse just doesn’t fit. Maybe it’s bright yellow or some other exotic color in a sea of white, beige, brown or other more neutral colors. Maybe it has an ornate facade or Christmas lights on all the time? Is there one in your neighborhood? One you always pass on your commute? We’d like to see it because we’re compiling a post of Philadelphia’s most out of place houses. Here’s how to let us know.