Newsletter for Tuesday, Feb. 10
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Actual South Philly street sign; photo via @phillyinsider on Instagram.
WHY PHILLY’S BUILDINGS CRUMBLE EVERY WINTER
About two weeks ago, three 27-year-old women were shopping for headbands at Lululemon in Center City when the sky started falling. Well, the roof, at least. One of the women, hurt when bricks from a neighboring parapet crashed through the yoga store’s ceiling, told reporters she thought her life was over. In the winter, these types of building collapses and partial collapses aren’t uncommon. And the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has struggled to deal with it. Experts say they just hope something changes soon for L&I and building owners — if nothing else, for the sake of the next person who may just be shopping in Center City for a headband.
MAYOR NUTTER’S POLL SHOWS PEOPLE LOVE MAYOR NUTTER
From the “I can’t believe somebody paid for this” file, outgoing Mayor Michael Nutter apparently commissioned a poll that shows the two-term incumbent earning “surprisingly high marks” from city residents. Perhaps, Mr. Mayor, it’s not too surprising, given you’ve paid for this survey. Anyway, given that this is Philly, the fairly surprising element in the results of the Mayor’s poll… is that he wasn’t the most popular politician mentioned in it. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey was.
ORI PROB WON’T DEBATE KENYATTA 10 TIMES
Ori Feibush wants Kenyatta Johnson to debate him… 10 times. And he wants both candidates to not bring any notes. But it’s going to be difficult: Johnson is the incumbent on City Council, and the perceived front-runner for the 2nd District seat. And, to put it bluntly, he’s got no incentive to take Feibuish up on this offer. Here’s why.
TO DO: ‘THE OFFICE’ GUY AT THE FREE LIBRARY
WHAT: BJ Novak reads from ‘One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories’
WHERE: Free Library’s Central Branch, 19th & Vine
WHEN: 7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $15 / $7 for students (Event is sold out BUT you can watch the simulcast)
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WHAT PLANNERS WANT 30TH STREET STATION TO LOOK LIKE
There’s a lot to digest in this Hidden City report about the 30th Street Station District Plan. But, at the 10,000-foot level, what we’re really talking about is remaking the area around the station and the neighboring Cira Centre. It’s tough because the land is owned and used by a bunch of institutions and railways: Amtrak, SEPTA, CSX, and PennDOT. And the expense of getting this area into shape, the article notes, could be “stupendous.” All that aside, look, for a second, at these renderings of what JFK Boulevard and Market, facing north, and JFK and 30th, facing west, could look like. Yeah.
IF THE DNC COMES HERE… WELCOME TO PHILLYWOOD
Look, we’ve talked about how the 2016 Democratic National Convention would be huge for Philly. You’ve seen lots of stories about how much money the city would make, and also how it would probably kind of suck to do many of the things you like to do — take SEPTA, eat at restaurants, etc. But what nobody’s said so far is just how many celebrities will flock to this thing — it wasn’t a super big deal back when the GOP convention was in Philly, because Republicans are about as welcome in Hollywood as a fart in church. And if the DNC comes to Philly, it’ll be like the east coast version of Hollywood.