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When You Have to Go… (Pope Edition)

July 31st, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on When You Have to Go… (Pope Edition)

So, you’re planning on coming to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis. Presumably you’ve found a place to stay (easier said than done), figured out how you’ll navigate public transportation (or at least brought your walking shoes), and you’ve picked up your commemorative papal plush toy. All that’s left to do is show up. Right? Anyone who has attended a big outdoor event knows that answering the call of nature is always something that must be considered. Luckily, the city of Philadelphia...Read More

Rental Prices Keep Climbing as Papal Visit Nears

July 30th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Rental Prices Keep Climbing as Papal Visit Nears

As the months before the pope's visit tick past, prices for rental in Philadelphia - and especially in Center City - keep climbing. There are fewer than 20,000 hotel rooms in the city, which is a minor number compared to the upwards of one million people expected to make a pilgrimage to the city to see the pontiff. That means that many visitors will be staying in home rentals through Airbnb or similar services, and research shows that the going...Read More

For Presidential Candidates in Philly, It’s All About the Cheese

July 29th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on For Presidential Candidates in Philly, It’s All About the Cheese

There have always been those who take their cheesesteaks very seriously... some would say, too seriously. The cheesesteak purist brigade comes out in force whenever there is a discussion about how to order Philadelphia's quintessential food, and they have very definite ideas about the "right" and "wrong" way to eat one of these sandwiches. Wisconsin governor and presidential hopeful Scott Walker came to Philadelphia yesterday. As part of his city tour he visited both Pat's and Geno's, the competing cheesesteak kings...Read More

City Officials Tight-Lipped on Transportation During Pope’s Visit

July 28th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on City Officials Tight-Lipped on Transportation During Pope’s Visit

As the city of Philadelphia clamors for more information about what transportation options will be available and what will be disrupted during the pope's September visit, officials are remaining mum on the matter.   The Pope will visit on the weekend of September 26-27 for the culmination of the World Meeting of Families. He will attend a Festival of Families and hold a mass celebration on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that is expected to draw over one million attendants. With two months...Read More

Philly News Briefs: 7/27/15

July 27th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Philly News Briefs: 7/27/15

1.) So, it turns out there will in fact be a fence going up in Center City during Pope Francis' visit in September. Despite what you may have heard, however, nobody knows exactly where the fence will be going. Rumors swirled late last week that the fence was on track to be constructed from Girard to South Street and from river to river. Officials have confirmed that report to be false. Parking Authority Deputy Director Richard Dickson told the press...Read More

Are Hotels Still Available During Pope’s Visit?

July 24th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Are Hotels Still Available During Pope’s Visit?

The topic of where to sleep in Philadelphia during the pope's visit in September has been a hot one. With over 1.5 million visitors expected to flood the city over the last weekend in September and less than 20,000 hotel rooms available in the city, it doesn't take an experienced mathematician to determine that the numbers don't work. Airbnb has been awash with home rentals available for thousands of dollars per week, there has been talk of students and pilgrims...Read More

Take a Bite of Some Philly Foodie News!

July 23rd, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Take a Bite of Some Philly Foodie News!

Philly food has been in the news lately. Here’s a roundup of all the yumminess. California-based Jamba Juice has continued its move on the East Coast and set the gears in motion to bring several franchises to Philadelphia. There is already a Jamba Juice at the King of Prussia Mall, and new locations just opened at the corner of Routes 29 and 30 in a new strip mall development in Malvern on August 18 and the Willow Grove Pointe Shopping Center....Read More

Sale of “Pope Passes” Crashes SEPTA Site

July 22nd, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Sale of “Pope Passes” Crashes SEPTA Site

Those trying to buy the special SEPTA regional rail passes for the weekend of the pope's September visit were thwarted yesterday by high volume crashing the site. The site for buying the passes went live at 9 AM yesterday and crashed almost immediately. By 10:30 AM SEPTA decided to shut down the site and the ticket sales indefinitely. The agency has announced that it doesn't know yet when ticket sales will resume, but promises that riders will have a notice...Read More

What’s With All the Special Events in Philadelphia?

July 21st, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on What’s With All the Special Events in Philadelphia?

It's an exciting time to be in Philadelphia. It seems like not a month goes by that there isn't some high-profile special event or visitor in town drawing attention to the city. Last week saw President Barack Obama visiting for the NAACP annual conference. Bill Clinton was also in town recently. The pope and the Dalai Lama are visiting in the fall. The Tall Ships festival came to town last month. And next year will see the Democratic National Convention...Read More

Seeing Pope Francis On the Cheap

July 20th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Seeing Pope Francis On the Cheap

It's been a known problem ever since the pope announced that he was coming to visit: there simply are not enough rooms at the literal inn(s) for all the faithful welling into Philadelphia to see him. With an estimated one million visitors expected to flood the city and only tens of thousands of hotel rooms - all booked solid, of course - there has to be a place to put everyone. For some people, sleeping on the floor is a...Read More