Newsletter for Thursday, Jan. 22
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
An epic sunset last night thanks to the dusting of snow in the region; photo via Instagram user @Ohmyah.
MAYOR’S RACE SHRINKS WITH TRUJILLO’S SURPRISE WITHDRAWAL
And then there were three… declared candidates for mayor, that is. Yesterday’s announcement from Ken Trujillo that he was abandoning the race because of “family matters” means only state Sen. Anthony Williams, Lynne Abraham and Nelson Diaz are left, officially. (Yes, Doug Oliver and Milton Street claim they’ll be running, as well.) Why the change? A source told the Philly Daily News it has to do with Trujillo’s family in New Mexico; he didn’t think he could effectively campaign (let alone govern) while flying back and forth as often as he’d need to.
TOM WOLF’S AGENDA: WHAT WILL, MIGHT AND PROBABLY WON’T CHANGE
Tom Wolf is already getting started. He signed an executive order on his first day as governor banning his appointees and employees from receiving gifts. What else is in store? Wolf has run on a platform promising plenty of change; he calls it “a fresh start.” Here are the eight major changes he has in store for Pennsylvania.
WHO’S NEXT: 17 YOUNG STARTUP LEADERS IN PHILLY
Matthew Fineberg just launched Bestimators, a web app that aims to help people save money and increase efficiency on home improvement projects like installing new windows or fixing a roof. Drexel University student Kristen Newman is developing a prototype to help people get over a common fear — public speaking. Ted Mann has saved consumers $200 million through his a mobile app that lets consumers save printed coupons to their smartphone and redeem them in store. These innovators and 14 of their peers are represented on this edition of “Who’s Next” — our effort to spotlight Philadelphia’s next generation of leaders who are shaping our city.
TO DO: WATCH TEMPLE BASKETBALL
WHAT: Temple Owls vs. South Florida Bulls (apparently a real team!)
WHERE: Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street
WHEN: 6:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Tickets start at $8.25
BILLY PENN LIKES
STRAWBERRY MANSION: HOME OF COLTRANE, WHERE WILT’S RECORD FELL
Welcome to Strawberry Mansion, the northern Philadelphia neighborhood named after a massive home in Fairmount Park. The neighborhood holds a rich history, but experienced a cultural and ethnic shift in the middle of the 20th century. And it was the home of John Coltrane, one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time, and his supporters are attempting to resurrect his old home. Now, Strawberry Mansion is plagued by drugs and violence — but there are signs the neighborhood could be on its way back.
DNC2016: WHERE POLITICAL JOURNOS WOULD RATHER BE
It’s almost time to unveil the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It’s down to three finalists: Brooklyn; Columbus, Ohio; and Philadelphia. So Billy Penn reached out to some of the hardworking professionals who’ll have to travel to whichever location gets the nod: Namely, political journalists. Read on to see where they’d rather travel to watch the Dems nominate a candidate for President, and why.