It feels like all of Philly is thrilled that the plan to cap I-95 might actually happen, but the road to get here was far from easy. It starts back in the 1950s, when it somehow wasn’t obvious to planners (cough, Edmund Bacon, cough) that placing a highway on a city’s riverfront was a ghastly idea. Decades of debates and protests followed; plans to cap the highway came up for discussion as far back as 1969. Here's a timeline of the milestones leading up to today.
No Embiid? No Simmons? No problem for the Sixers — finally — who snapped a three-game losing streak with a thriller to top Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks 105-102. Yep, last night was Dario Saric's time to shine. The big man from Croatia carried the team with 21 points and and teamed up with new Sixer Justin Anderson to seal the game late. It's just more fodder for our suggestion from two weeks ago that Saric should be a real contender for NBA Rookie of the Year.
By next year, Philly restaurants could be a lot cleaner. Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed city budget would add $1 million to the Health Department budget to help meet its goal of inspecting restaurants every 12 months. How? It would let the department hire 20 new "sanitarians" — real job title — a staff boost of nearly 60 percent.
Time to Pretend, a visual art show that opens today at Open Space Gallery near 7th and Girard, is all about women. Philly women. We reached out to five of the artists and got their thoughts on why the art world, even today, can still be a boys club.
On the Calendar
Calling all young dinosaur lovers (and older ones, too): Paleopalooza is back. Special events this weekend include interactive puppet shows, close encounters with the giant animatronic T.rex, and hands on sessions with littler live reptiles.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences at 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19103
When: March 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to March 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: $17.95 adults; $13.95 kids
It's not often a new cheesesteak contender makes a splash in Philly's crowded market, but this Rittenhouse newcomer has made a solid showing. To celebrate a year in biz, the shop partnered with the PA Cheese Guild to create a month's worth of special sandwiches made with local cheese. First up: Caputo Bros.' provola piccante.
Where: Cleavers at 108 S. 18th St. 19103
When: March 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to March 11, 2017 at 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
“La Borinqueña” is the first modern-day Puerto Rican comic book superhero. Graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez will present his newest work on the superhuman woman, and sign copies of his books.
Where: Taller Puertorriqueño at 2600 N. 5th St. 19133
When: March 4, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free talk, pay-as-you-go books
Across the US, Irish musicians and singers will gather in communities to play and sing in support of civil rights at events benefiting the ACLU. The Philly session will intersperse a few speakers with a day of lively tunes.
Where: Fergie's Pub (upstairs) at 1214 Sansom St. 19107
When: March 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District are so convoluted its shape is regularly described as "Goofy kicking Donald Duck." Fair Districts PA will present a summary and Q&A session about the initiative to stop gerrymandering like this, which detractors say can undermine democracy.
Where: Chestnut Hill United Church at 8812 Germantown Ave.
When: March 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free