Newsletter for Friday, Sept. 18
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WE STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHO’S PAYING FOR THIS POPE THING
Sure, the city has promised that the World Meeting of Families will foot the bill for the upcoming Papal visit to the city of Philadelphia. But nothing is truly set in stone. Philly.com revealed Thursday that even though Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia next week, a contract between the city and the World Meeting of Families *still* hasn’t been finalized. Why the delay? Probably one of two reasons: Either they can’t agree on something, or they’re purposely not signing the contract so it doesn’t become public until the last minute.
NYC, DC GETTING POPE NERVES RIGHT NOW
Some Washington, D.C. folks have been accusing Philadelphia of essentially being a cultural backwater because of the security plans for the pope’s visit and the presumed panic among residents about all the security and closures. The Washington Post’s Frances Stead Sellers suggested that Philadelphia risked reinforcing its reputation as a second-rate city with its residents panicking and leaders screwing up while New York and D.C. took their papal visits in stride. The Washingtonian’s Phillip Garrity said D.C. would have all kinds of fun activities going on when the pope visits there next week, like rooftop pools and Swedish heavy metal concerts, because it isn’t Philadelphia. These passive-aggressive slights our way are funny because, well, D.C. and NYC are handling the pope’s visit about exactly the same as our fair city.
The annual event that turns parking spaces into miniature parks is back at some 50 locations in the city.
Where: Various metered parking spaces at all around Philadelphia
When: September 18, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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HOW TO EAT LIKE A ROCK STAR FOR $15 IN UCITY
Seeing as it’s filled with namesake college campuses (and therefore, tight student budgets), it’s no surprise University City is loaded with ways to eat cheap. Here are four great paths to getting your fill for $15 or less — you won’t even have to resort to a late-night order of Insomnia Cookies to keep you from falling asleep on your books. So without further ado, here’s how to eat like Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé in University City.
WHY THOUSANDS WAITED HOURS TO SEE THE DIVINE LORRAINE
By 4:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, hundreds of people had formed a line heading up to the front of the Divine Lorraine Hotel, the line snaking around the corner and people being told it’d take them three hours to get to the front. Many of them were among the 7,000 who had RSVP’d on Facebook for the Divine Lorraine Pop-up Shop, a store selling Divine Lorraine merch that would be set up inside the building itself. Here’s why they waited, and what they think of its rebirth.