Newsletter for Tuesday, Sept. 15
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
We’ve got a Pope stage, according to this rendering posted Monday by ESM Productions, which is handling the visuals (including Jumbotrons) for Pope Francis’ public Mass.
SOUTH JERSEY GAS IS UNDER $2 A GALLON
If you’re planning on a long car ride, a trip over the Ben Franklin Bridge could be worth the toll on the way back. Gas prices in South Jersey have dropped below $2 per gallon, according to 6ABC. That’s a dollar per gallon cheaper than last year’s prices, and adds up quick. Depending on your ride, you’re looking at $15-22 less per fill-up. The downward trend will likely continue, with one analyst telling the station that prices should continue to, uh, fall in the fall.
POPE THREAT: WHY WE SAW ONE AND WHY WE’LL SEE MORE
There has already been at least one threat regarding Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, and there are sure to be more. So who’s handling these, and what do they mean for the safety of the event? Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul, a congressman from Texas, told ABC that he has concerns about security when Pope Francis visits Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. McCaul raised eyebrows when he said federal officials had already “disrupted one particular case.” We talked to a pair of PA congressmen and an expert about what it means, and how the city is preparing.
|What||Get chill at this monthly event where you can slap out beats and learn from experts while hanging at a bar. UPenn assistant prof of music Jim Sykes will be showing off and teaching the nearly lost art of Sinhala Buddhist drumming from Sri Lanka and talking about his studies there.|
|Where||The Fire at 412 W. Girard Ave.|
|When||September 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm|
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A TALE OF TWO CITIES: THE MOST SEGREGATED PHILLY NEIGHBORHOODS
Philadelphia is heavily segregated, and it has been for a long time. In fact, according to a 2015 study by Princeton sociology professor Douglas Massey, Philadelphia is one of only five American big cities to retain the distinction of a “hypersegregated” city from 1970 to 2010. Hypersegregated basically means the great majority of a city’s black residents are unevenly distributed into bunched-together areas that are isolated from most white residents. Here’s a look at Philadelphia’s 20 most segregated neighborhoods.
IMPROMPTU BOK REUNION ON BEER GARDEN’S FINAL DAY
At least say this about Le Bok Fin: It’s rarely not interesting. The think–piece–producing South Philly beer garden on the roof of the former Bok Technical High School closed down for the season Sunday, but not without one last plot twist. Shortly after the bar opened at 4 p.m., a few people who said they were community organizers and teachers stood outside the entrance and handed out a flier to customers categorizing the “current incarnation” of the building as creating racial tension and an atmosphere of exclusive access. Yet among those walking in on Sunday were Bok alumni. And they weren’t protesting — they were attending.