Newsletter for Friday, May 20
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Old meets new outside the El Bar on Front Street. Photo via @halt_catchfire on Instagram.
THE SURPRISING DATA ABOUT RACE AND GENTRIFICATION IN PHILLY
The common thinking the last few years in Philadelphia is many predominately black neighborhoods have gentrified, with wealthier white residents moving in, ramping up property values and forcing poorer residents out. That hasn’t quite been the case. Turns out gentrification is not nearly as widespread as one might think and also not hewing to that formula, according to a new report from Pew.
THE STORY BEHIND PHILLY’S ICONIC PSFS BUILDING, OUR OG SKYSCRAPER
Most people in Philadelphia know a bit about the PSFS building — it was the first modern skyscraper — but fewer are familiar with the cultural significance of the company that commissioned it. The notable institution would be celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, if it hadn’t been forcibly (and, many believe, wrongfully) shut down by the federal government. This is the story you may not have heard before.
PHILLY CRACKS THE TOP 10 FOR CITIES TO LAUNCH A STARTUP
While Philadelphia is in the top 10 cities in the country when it comes to creating a startup, a “lack of openness to new ideas and a difficult regulatory environment are a burden for entrepreneurs,” a recent report from Washington, D.C.-based venture capital firm 1776 and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation concluded. Here are the details from the rest of their findings.
PHILADELPHIA UNION VS. THE PHILADELPHIA UNIONS: WHO MAKES MORE MONEY?
A journeyman in a Philadelphia union makes more than a journeyman on the Philadelphia Union. Major League Soccer’s players union released its 2016 salary information this week, and while some big stars in MLS are making low to mid seven figures, the salary for those at the bottom of the American soccer salary structure is roughly half your average pipefitter. Philly is one of the spend-thriftiest clubs in MLS — here’s how it compares to how union members are paid.
Pop Up Yoga Philly is hosting its monthly alfresco yoga at Fairmount Water Works overlooking the Schuylkill River tonight.
Where: Fairmount Water Works at 640 Water Works Drive (Lower Level) Philadelphia, PA 19130
When: May 20, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
How much: $17
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DOG PICTURES! WE GOT UBER PUPPIES, AND IT WAS AWESOME
Uber and the PSPCA teamed up yesterday to bring puppies that are up for adoption to people and offices across Philadelphia, and we can tell you with certainty: They are adorable. Uber and a PSPCA representative brought Robbie and Ryan — two adorable “mutts” who are three months old and ready for their furever home — to our Center City coworking space. Here’s what our puppy playdate was like.
WHERE PHILLY MAIL CARRIERS ARE GETTING ATTACKED BY DOGS
The dog attacking the mail carrier is an archetype; a meme before memes existed. But in real life, especially in Philadelphia, dogs are a genuine problem for the postal service. The city ranked seventh in the country in dog attacks on mail carriers last year, with 44 (Houston led the way with 77). That number represented a 33 percent increase over 2014. Here’s how those 2015 dog attacks look on a map.