In an impromptu presser Thursday about the Eagles 2017 season, team owner Jeffrey Lurie was asked if he'd ever sign Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers QB who has become the face of anthem protests throughout the league. Lurie did his best to straddle the line between PR spin and an earnest answer. But in the middle, he compared the hypothetical process of vetting Kaepernick to what he went through before signing Michael Vick. Thing is, Vick was coming out of a stint in prison — not speaking out on social injustice. Billy Penn sports editor Dan Levy explains why that's seriously problematic, and why Lurie should have compared Kaepernick instead to another former Eagle: Tim Tebow.
Bryan Hanes, designer of the first phase of the forthcoming Rail Park, likes to think the highly anticipated public space will give visitors a glimpse of Philadelphia they’ve never seen before. He gave a sneak peek into some of the details of the project during a Q&A session with Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron. Here are five things you should know about Philly’s future elevated park, including how small it actually is and why it won't really be anything like the High Line in New York City.
Philadelphia will throw its hat in the ring and submit a proposal to lure Amazon here to build a $5 billion second headquarters and campus. Philly.com reporters Caitlin McCabe and Bob Fernandez reached out to experts for a solid, if early, assessment on what our chances are of a win. In our favor: State and local economic development corporations intend to help, as does the governor's office; Comcast has already proven there's a base of workers; and the Philly of today can absolutely "feel like Seattle," per Liberty Property Trust's John Gattuso. So where could Amazon land? Suggestions include the Navy Yard, the planned Schuylkill Yards next to 30th Street Station and even lower Northeast Philly along I-95.
The Eagles season starts tomorrow, but there's a big football game happening at the Linc today. Temple, fresh off last week's blowout loss to Notre Dame, hosts Villanova in a rekindling of the Mayor's Cup, a once-regular rivalry game between two of the city's only college football teams. Temple and Nova last played in 2012, and while the Owls have won the last three meetings, the Wildcats actually have the series lead by one game, at 16-15-2. Temple should win, but Nova is nationally ranked in the FCS. Added bonus, the game is on at the same time as Pitt-Penn State. So if you don't want hear "We Are" over and over again, here's the scoop on today's big game in Philly.
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Arepas, the stuffed corn cakes that are common street food in Venezuela, usually come in one color: mild yellow, like the maize they're made from. But this weekend, in celebration of El Día Internacional De La Arepa, this South Street BYOB is getting creative. Through close of business on Sunday, six new varieties of the hearty snack will be available. There's one in brilliant purple, thanks to beet juice in the mix, and another that's bright green from cilantro and spinach. There's even a sweet version, made with chocolate and filled with strawberries and Nutella.
Where: Puyero Venezuelan Flavor at 524 S. 4th St. 19147
When: September 9, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. to September 10, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $7.50 and up
More than 100 exhibitors will set up tables at the 12th annual edition of the Clean Air Council's end of summer fair. Attendees can shop for green wares, sample sustainable food, listen to live music, watch live product and cooking demos and have their kids entertained while strolling the newly enhanced pop-up event space in Queen Village.
Where: Bainbridge Green at Bainbridge St. between 3rd and 5th streets, 19147
When: September 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
In this program made possible by the Philadelphia City Institute, the dancers of West Philly's Hip Hop Fundamentals use dance, interactive lecture and audience participation to educate, inspire and entertain children of all ages. Families and solo adults are welcome to the free show.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: September 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
How much: Free
In partnership with the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, Next City is hosting a public conversation about the vital role public parks and recreation centers play in changing neighborhoods. The discussion will be followed by free refreshments from Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Revolution Taco, live music by Trinidelphia and interactive installations from local makers and doers. If you're coming from North Philly, sign up for a seat on the free bus to City Hall. Otherwise, just RSVP online at the link below.
Where: Philadelphia City Hall, North Apron Plaza at 1401 JFK Blvd.
When: September 10, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Kensington Quarters beverage director Tim Kweeder is like the Nicki Minaj of Philly wine. He's good at what he does, and doesn't care if anyone else agrees with him, but people usually do. On Sunday he's showcasing five emerging winegrowers (four Australian, one an "honorary" Aussie) at a backyard BBQ fest on Frankford Avenue. Loaded food platters will go for $20, to be paired with a variety of wines by the glass from the featured producers.
Where: Kensington Quarters at 1310 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: September 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go