Newsletter for Friday, Oct. 31
TEMPLE’S NEW MASTER PLAN CALLS FOR A CITY BLOCK OF GREEN AT THE BELL TOWER
After 18 months and the input of some 3,000 people, Temple University has a new Master Plan. It calls for a new library, as well as a kind-of-amazing square-city-block of green space. What’s not in there? A new football field. The bad news? That big green space won’t be ready for the next six or seven years. It also means demolishing Beury Hall and the Biology-Life Sciences Building, and building a new interdisciplinary science building. And the plans for the new library include — get this — a robot book-retrieval system.
HEARING THIS MORNING FOR ERIC FREIN, CAUGHT AFTER 48 DAY MANHUNT
In the end, after a multi-million-dollar 48-day manhunt in the Poconos, suspected cop-killer Eric Frein surrendered quietly: On his knees in an airport hangar in Monroe County, with his hands behind his head. Frein is accused of killing state police Cpl. Byron Dickson, and seriously wounding another. Thursday night, state police secured Frein in Dickson’s handcuffs, and transported him for processing in Dickson’s squad car. Prosecutors say they’ll seek the death penalty. Frein will be in court this morning at 9 AM.
NEW LUXURY HOTEL MEANS GREASY SPOON STAPLE LITTLE PETE’S WILL GO
PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey broke news and broke hearts yesterday afternoon with 140 characters of bad news: Little Pete’s, a longtime diner in the 200 block of 17th street, is a goner. Its killer, Brey revealed in a post: A Hudson Hotel, a boutique, 12-floor luxury edifice with 300 rooms and 40 executive suites. The news drew howls of protest from Philebrity’s Joey Sweeney, Philly’s Original Tweeting Cop, and the one and only John Hodgman, among others.
BILLY PENN’S GUIDE TO HOW AND WHERE TO GET HAUNTED IN PHILLY
It’s one of America’s oldest cities, so you’re bound to get some spooky sites. Billy Penn talked to a pair of paranormal pros, who gave six picks for the spookiest spots in the City of Brotherly Love. They also gave tips for ghost hunters: No 1, it goes without saying, is don’t be obnoxious. (The dead don’t like it any more than the living do.)
JOSH KOPELMAN BLASTS THE PHILLY PARKING AUTHORITY
Philly-based venture capitalist Josh Kopelman is not an average user of Uber X. He’s also an investor in the company — and he was behind the wheel of an Uber X when the ride-sharing app expanded into Philly this weekend. (We all know what happened next.) Kopelman talked to Billy Penn via e-mail about the Philly Parking Authority sting, and what it says about whether the city is welcoming of what he called “a technology/innovation economy.”
TO DO: GET YOUR HALLOWEEN ON
WHAT: Look, normally we wade through these events for you. But it’s Halloween. There’s a round ton of stuff to do, from a full beer and wine bar plus cheesesteak station ($66.90 per head) on the river to a 7-deadly-sins party at Yakitori Boy.
WHERE: All over town — Uwishunu has a handy guide.
WHEN: Generally, 8:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Truly it varies.
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CONSHY POLICE WANT TO HELP MAKE CRAIGSLIST LESS SKETCHY
It’s the nation’s first “online transaction safe zone,” according to the Conshohocken Police Department. That’s because they’ve offered to let Craigslist browsers exchange goods in their parking lot at 720 Fayette Street. The lobby is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the (camera-covered) parking lot’s 24/7.
PENN’S FIGHT SONG FROM CLICKHOLE IS KIND OF THE BEST
Clickhole has been billed as The Onion’s answer to Buzzfeed. And it’s pretty terrific in general — but this listicle of the top college fight songs includes one for the University of Pennsylvania, and it’s… it’s terrific. Via PhillyMag’s Dan McQuade.