Newsletter for Thursday, May 7
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Time-lapse photo of cars on 69th Street at the Philadelphia / Upper Darby border; photo via @eazymelow on Instagram.
HOME CAMERA CATCHES UNREAL ROLLOVER CRASH IN TACONY
Some residents on the 4100 block of Unruh Avenue in Tacony woke up to a “boom” at about 4 AM this morning, and looked outside to see a burgundy Honda Accord on its roof in the middle of the street. Channel 6 has the eye-opening home surveillance camera video of that Honda speeding down the street, rear-ending a car on the left side of the street, and then flipping over, bumping more vehicles. The 22-year-old driver of the car has been hospitalized; his passenger took off and hasn’t been seen since.
THAT TIME THE CITY DROPPED A BOMB ON ITSELF
Thirty years ago next week, the mayor of Philadelphia approved a plan to drop explosives on a house in West Philadelphia. How did an attempt to arrest MOVE members turn into a fiery inferno that killed 11 people and destroyed a neighborhood of more than 60 homes? Billy Penn looked through archives from both the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News, in addition to other local news coverage and documentaries made about the bombing and the events that led up to it. Here’s a look at how it all happened.
TO DO: PHILLY’S OWN COMIC-CON
WHAT: Wizard World Philadelphia
WHERE: The Pennsylvania Convention Center
WHEN: 3-8 PM
HOW MUCH: $35
BILLY PENN LIKES
A TENNIS STAR NEARLY DERAILED CHINATOWN’S FAMOUS GATE
Chinatown started with one laundromat in the 19th century and has boomed since then. Though several development projects have threatened its existence, the neighborhood thrives, with top Asian restaurants and markets, and population that continues to grow. Also, a tennis sensation from China unexpectedly defected and nearly cost the city its iconic Friendship Gate. In the latest edition of Billy Penn’s Neighborhood Project, we take a look at how Chinatown came to be.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS AND HOW MANY PEOPLE CARE ABOUT THIS ELECTION
Boy, people aren’t that excited about the upcoming primary election. Here’s one way to tell: Follow the pace of the absentee ballots. Per the City Commissioners Office, 1,784 absentee ballots had been requested, and 509 had been turned in as of Tuesday. In 2007, the last time there was a competitive mayoral primary, 3,220 absentee ballots were turned in. This year’s total appears headed closer toward the 2011 total, when Philadelphians cast 1,672 absentee ballots. But there’s still time — by a few days — to get one, if you’re interested.