Newsletter for Tuesday, July 21
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
From the right view, Philly can look like a miniature model of a city; photo via @mollybee22 on Instagram.
SEPTA FAILS TO HANDLE POPE TRAFFIC (ONLINE)
Unless you were one of 28 lucky people of the 64,000 who tried, you probably didn’t get one of the special Regional Rail passes to be used during Pope Francis’ visit that went on sale Monday morning. Because a higher number of people tried to buy passes than SEPTA expected, most everyone who tried either couldn’t get the site to load or received an error message. SEPTA shut the whole thing down after about two hours. According to the AP, SEPTA should announce today when sales will resume.
WILL THIS TECHNOLOGY END THE SUMMER GAME OF ‘GUNSHOT OR FIREWORK?’
When City Council gets back in session this September, expect the members to discuss ShotSpotter. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s a listening device that detects gunfire and reports to police so officers can investigate. Jane Roh, director of communications for Council President Darrell Clarke, said while no date has been confirmed, the Public Safety Committee will likely schedule an information-gathering hearing this fall. Why does Clarke want it? How does it work? And does it work well? Billy Penn explains this technology and its possible place in Philadelphia in ShotSpotter 101.
DEAR EAGLES, PLEASE COME BACK. LOVE, BETHLEHEM.
Small interactions with professional football players at local bars, restaurants and hotels once dotted the summers for residents in Bethlehem, Pa., home to Lehigh University, where the Eagles held free, open training camp every year for 17 years. That ended in 2013, when Chip Kelly came in from Oregon and suddenly the Eagles were moving training camp onto Philadelphia turf. Now, they train at the NovaCare Complex in South Philly and only host a few open practices at Lincoln Financial Field a year. Summers in Bethlehem haven’t been the same; here’s what some residents remember about the glory days when Eagles players roamed the town.
If you like free beer and cheese, head to the Foodery in Rittenhouse tonight. It will be serving Duvel and Ommegang beers, along with cheese from Di Bruno Bros.
Where: The Foodery at 1710 Sansom Street
When: July 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE ULTIMATE PHILLY ‘HOOD: VOTE IN THE ELITE 8
After thousands of you voted last week in the Sweet 16 round of the Fox 29/ Billy Penn Ultimate Philly Neighborhood Bracket, we are down to four Philly neighborhoods (Northwest Philly, represent!), two towns from the ‘burbs and two from South Jersey. Use this form to cast your vote for just one neighborhood or for all of them. We’ll close down voting in the Elite 8 on Friday at noon, so vote early and often.
THESE PRETTY CHARTS SHOW INDEGO BIKE SHARE DATA
When are Philly’s bike share bicycles getting used, and where? These are just two of the questions answered in these (very pretty) charts that UPenn postdoctoral researcher Randy Olson posted over the weekend. Based on Indego’s bike usage data set, which is publicly available on OpenDataPhilly, Olson created charts that show daily and weekly patterns, like where people take and return bikes, and during which times of day. There’s even a map that visualizes the lesser-used stations.