Newsletter for Thursday, June 9
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
It’s a slogan fit for a Phanatic. (Instagram via Billy_Penn.)
WHERE WILL SODA TAX FUNDS GO TO? NOT JUST PRE-K
Yep, Philly has done it. After months of intense debate and lobbying, City Council OKed a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax, a lower rate than the 3-cent-per-ounce tax Kenney initially proposed. It’ll still need one more vote from Council next week to be fully approved. But, according Kenney spokeswoman to Lauren Hitt, chunks will go towards the city’s low fund balance, not just the mayor’s initiatives like pre-K. She provided a breakdown to Billy Penn late last night; here’s how the administration plans to spend the cash.
THE PHILLIE PHANATIC OUTPOLLED DONALD TRUMP. NO, REALLY.
This is real. And it’s spectacular. Public Policy Polling, described by Politico recently as a “Democratic robopolling firm,” released their latest Presidential Poll on Wednesday, and per the PPP — note: we did not make this up — Donald Trump is the least popular candidate in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Forget Hillary or Bernie. There’s a local candidate that can take Trump down.
REVEALED: THE SAFEST PLACES TO BIKE IN CENTER CITY
Where’s it safe to ride your bike in Philly? As a starting point, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia recommends taking streets with bike lanes whenever possible. That would be Pine, Spruce and Spring Garden to name a few. It also recommends avoiding streets with trolley tracks, such as 11th Street. But there’s a few other tips hiding in the city’s crash data. A couple years ago, Azavea compiled crash statistics in Philadelphia using data from the Department of Transportation. It essentially illustrated which roads and intersections are the most dangerous for cyclists. So what about the safest? Billy Penn looked at bike count data compiled by the DVRPC and those crash statistics and came away with a few recommendations about the safest and least safest places to bike in Philadelphia.
The Thursday Live Music Series at Spruce Street Harbor Park kicks off tonight with Oldermost with Joey Sweeney & His Band. Enjoy some tunes with your waterfront beer.
Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park at Spruce Street and Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: June 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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HOT D.C. CHEF JOSÉ ANDRÉS PLOTS MORE VEG-FRIENDLY SPOTS IN PHILLY
Philly’s first branch of veg-centric Beefsteak (that’s “beefsteak” as in tomato, not steer) is now serving in Penn’s Houston Hall. Like Rick Bayless’ Tortas Frontera, which opened in the on-campus complex in 2014, the fast-casual spot is open to the public. However, José Andrés’ choice of a college setting — and of Philadelphia — was very deliberate. Here’s why, and what’s next.
COPA AMERICA: PHILLY’S LATEST CHANCE TO SHINE IN SOCCER’S SPOTLIGHT
Is Philadelphia a soccer town? This week, we have a chance to show the world the answer is a resounding yes, as Copa America Centenario comes to Lincoln Financial Field for three games, including one with the United States Men’s National Team. Only…what if the answer is no? Or, perhaps more likely, what if the answer is yes, but only at the right price…?