Newsletter for Thursday, July 16
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
OBAMA TALKS COSBY, RAPE, DRUGS AT THE WHITE HOUSE
During a press briefing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue yesterday, President Obama talked very briefly about Bill Cosby. A reporter had asked whether the White House would revoke Cosby’s Medal of Freedom, bestowed in 2002. There’s no real way to do that, Obama said, but continued: “If you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — drugs without his or her knowledge, and then have sex with that person without consent? That’s rape… Any civilized country should have no tolerance for rape.” Watch the video here.
VENTUREF0RTH TO STAY OPEN (FOR NOW)
Venturef0rth needed a Hail Mary pass, and it looks like it got one. A last-minute $50,000 cash infusion and an abrupt change in leadership means the Callowhill coworking space will be keeping the lights on after a scare that it would need to shut its doors for lack of funding. The tech-heavy space in the loft district area of the city received a $50,000 gift from an anonymous donor who “believes in our mission,” according to current majority owner Marvin Weinberger, who ceded executive duties to Gary Smith, the founder of Enterprise Law Associates.
BILLY PENN LIKES
PORT RICHMOND: FROM POLISH FOOD TO GRAFFITI PIER
Port Richmond is one of Philadelphia’s old-fashioned neighborhoods. It’s been touched by gentrification and the end of the manufacturing economy but has still held onto its base as a working class neighborhood, largely of people with Irish or Polish ancestry. It features the city’s best Polish food, beautiful art at the Graffiti Pier and is the home of a famous professional wrestler. For the latest entrant in our Neighborhood Postcard series, we dropped in on Port Richmond.
THE POPE IN PHILLY: HOW TO SELL STUFF TO THE MASS(ES)
When Pope Francis comes in September, the easiest way to profit will be getting the hell out of town and renting your apartment on AirBNB. But if you want to stay, you’ll have an opportunity to make money as well, by selling food or memorabilia. With a possible two million people in town, they’ll certainly want something to eat or a memento to help them remember seeing the Pope. In Philadelphia, you can’t just stand on a street corner with a cooler full of Aquafina and watch the dollars roll in. There’s a process. Here are some specifics about how you can become a vendor, the best areas to sell and ideas for selling the right items.