Newsletter for Tuesday, March 31
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The candidates on stage last night at Pipeline Philly; photo via @AlDiaNews on Instagram.
LYNNE <3S UBER, WILLIAMS IS ‘DOWN WITH MILLENIALS,’ PEAK MILTON: #ALDIALIVE RECAP
In what turned out to be the most, um, entertaining mayoral forum of the election season thus far, AL DÍA News hosted a conversation with the candidates Monday night that culminated in a yelling match dotted with outbursts by Milton Street, arguments in the audience and Tony Williams actually throwing his hands in the air. Topics of discussion ranged from policing to immigration to transportation. During the first half, local journalists asked questions of each candidate and then the politicians had a set time to answer. But the second half was a “quickfire” round moderated by AL DÍA News managing editor Sabrina Vourvoulias. The answers weren’t timed, and things got a little weird. Here are the highlights of what went down.
Q&A: KATIE MCGINTY ON PHILLY EDUCATION AND THE HARRISBURG BOYS’ CLUB
At this time two years ago, Kate McGinty was considering running for governor of Pennsylvania. The former Secretary of Environmental Protection would eventually lose to Tom Wolf in the Democratic primary. Since then, she’s been named Wolf’s chief of staff and has become arguably the most powerful woman in Harrisburg. McGinty has Philly roots, and has spent the last several weeks traveling around the state touting Wolf’s ambitious budget proposal. Billy Penn sat down with McGinty while she was in Philadelphia last week to talk about the city’s relationship with Harrisburg, education and what it’s like in the boys’ club that is the state capital. Here’s what we talked about.
HOW BIKE LANES TOOK OVER PHILADELPHIA
According to Philly Mag’s Patrick Kerkstra, the bike riders have won: The city, from now on, will have to pay much more attention to their concerns. And it’s true. Philadelphia has come a long way concerning bicycles and bike lanes in particular. In the entire decade of the 1980s, the phrase “bike lane” wasn’t even published in the Inquirer or the Daily News, let alone considered a priority for local politicians. In the 90s, it took a tragedy and a threat from the EPA to advance the conversation. Now, Philadelphia continually ranks among the top cities for bikeability. How did Philadelphia get here? What do bike lanes do for the city? What’s next for bike lanes? Billy Penn tackles these questions and more in Bike Lanes 101.
TO DO: MEET JUSSIE AND YAZZ FROM ‘EMPIRE’
WHAT: Two cast-members from Lee Daniels’ hit Fox show are signing copies of the Season 1 soundtrack
WHERE: FYE, 100 S. Broad Street
WHEN: 4 pm
HOW MUCH: Free w/ purchase of the aforementioned soundtrack
BILLY PENN LIKES
MAP: PHILLY’S 1913 PROPOSED SUBWAY SYSTEM WAS SUPPOSED TO GO EVERYWHERE
Do you wish the MFL stopped somewhere past 15th Street but before the Schuylkill, say at 19th Street? Think Queen Village would be a much better place to live if subway stops lined Front Street south of Market? Well, that’s how it was supposed to be. Philadelphia Studies shared this original 1913 subway map of A. Merritt Taylor’s proposed lines. The proposed plan was a lot more comprehensive than what we have now, with the aforementioned stops plus subway lines that go to Logan Circle, the Art Museum and into Northwest Philadelphia.
PEW’S STATE OF PHILLY REPORT: 10 THINGS WE LEARNED
What’s the State of the City? It’s complicated. Contradictions abound when it comes to the current state of Philadelphia. The number of people with college degrees keeps growing while local schools keep struggling. The number of jobs increased in 2014, but Philadelphia’s economy still lagged behind the U.S. average. Though poverty levels and crime levels are decreasing as whole, certain neighborhoods remain dangerous and have low median incomes. All of this can be gleaned from Pew’s just-released annual “State of the City” report. Billy Penn broke down some of the most interesting findings.