Newsletter for Wednesday, Aug. 24
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Dilworth Park, in the shadows (Instagram via @cruicej).
A TOWING SCHEME AT BROAD AND WASHINGTON?
Chris Norman promises he’s not the type of person who just hangs by his window, spying on the neighborhood. But for what he claims is an unfair towing scheme happening outside, he can’t help but notice. “Every day,” he said, “I see it happen.” Norman captured a tow at Broad and Washington on video that has racked up nearly 100K views in two days. The towing company, George Smith Towing, Inc., has received numerous complaints with the Better Business Bureau and has been involved in 24 lawsuits since 2010. This is what Norman has been seeing in South Philly.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MIKE PENCE AND A DONALD TRUMP RALLY
Picture 300 mostly white people who all look like they left work a little early to indulge in a late summer round on the country club’s back nine gathered instead in a warehouse. With a vice presidential candidate. That’s what a Mike Pence rally in Bucks County looks like. But Pence’s event lacked a certain … je ne sais quoi that we’ve seen (personally!) at rallies for his running mate. Instead of 20,000 screaming concert-style fans in a massive venue, it was a few hundred quieter voters. Here’s how Pence’s rally — in what is considered a top battleground county — went down yesterday.
The old houses of West Philly are disappearing at a rapid rate. Should they be saved, even if dilapidated? Join University City Historical Society to discuss the guidelines and designations behind historic preservation in Philadelphia.
Where: Walnut Street West Free Library at 201 S. 40th St. 19104
When: August 24, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
DON’T LOOK NOW BUT THE PHILLY SOUL IS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
While the city of Philadelphia prepares for Week 3 of the NFL preseason, the game each summer most traditionally resembling actual football, there is another football game to keep an eye on this weekend; one that doesn’t resemble actual football much at all. On purpose. Twenty-four hours before the Eagles travel to face Indianapolis on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the penultimate preseason contest, the Philadelphia Soul — the self-purported “winningest team in Philadelphia” — is back in the ArenaBowl. Naturally, they’re underdogs.
PHILLY STARTUP HIRES POT TYCOON LINDY SNIDER, DAUGHTER FLYERS FOUNDER
As he was getting his business accelerator off the ground in fall 2014, Tyler Dautrich was thinking about leaving Philadelphia and moving to Colorado. He’s in the cannabis industry, and a medical marijuana legalization bill still hadn’t been passed in Pennsylvania — let alone a recreational provision. But Dautrich was convinced to keep his company Greenhouse Ventures in Philadelphia by Lindy Snider, the daughter of Ed Snider, the late owner of the Philadelphia Flyers and former chairman of Comcast-Spectacor. And now she’s signed on as an advisor in a business she sees as a no-brainer.