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Spring Garden is going to live up to its name. The Philadelphia neighborhood is likely to become the newest stretch of the East Coast Greenway, which extends 2,900 miles up the Eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida. It’s an exciting project, but the stretch of the Greenway running through Philadelphia is lacking. Spring Garden Street has been proposed as the remedy to that problem.
The Greenway trail system has lanes for bikers and walkers, much like the latter-day Appalachian Trail has become. The difference is that, while most hikers on the Appalachian Trail are weighed down with backpacks and camping gear, walkers on the Greenway move through city areas with access to the amenities and conveniences within. It’s believed that turning Spring Garden Street into a thoroughfare for the Greenway would benefit both travelers and Philadelphia residents alike.
The biannual State of the Greenway convention just convened in Philadelphia. Accordingly, a team of federal auditors from the U.S. Department of Transportation visited the street to assess the proposed thoroughfare and to investigate the plans as they stand. The Greenway Summit was convened by the Durham, N.C.-based East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA). As per the Executive Director, Dennis Markatos-Soriano, ECGA chose Philadelphia for its meeting due to their appreciation for the city’s impressive progress in coming up with new trails and green spaces within the city. The Summit found that there was room to add new walking and biking trails to the street without disrupting the flow of current vehicle traffic. While there are already existing bike and walking trails, it has been determined that safety could be improved on them.
It’s an exciting day to be a Philadelphia 76ers fan! The team just unveiled a new logo suite. Fresh and exciting, the new logo should get fans pumped in advance of this year’s NBA lottery and draft. The new logos are effective immediately and come in advance of the NBA draft lottery, set to take place next week on May 19th.
The logo change wasn’t a dramatic one, and actually was more of a re-imagining. The new primary logo is a spin on the classic 76ers insignia, but circled in bright, patriotic blue with six stars and the word “Philadelphia” on the band. The classic white basketball has been rotated so that the seams are in a different position. There’s still a ring of 13 stars meant to symbolize the 13 original American colonies. One of two secondary logos shows Benjamin Franklin in a blue coat (emblazoned with “76ers”) and red knickers dribbling a basketball.
The logos are only part of a new “visual identity” for the 76ers, including the exciting addition of new uniforms. The uniforms will be unveiled to the public on June 18th at an event to be held at the Wells Fargo Center. Attendees will be treated to “a series of dynamic digital displays and interactive elements” (as per a press release) as well as a first glimpse of the team’s new uniforms. Former players will be present, including Billy Cunningham, Darryl Dawkins, Moses Malone, Bobby Jones and Allen Iverson.
Fan response to the new logos has been positive, especially as the change was not dramatic or really controversial in any way.
1.) Tired of playing at the parking wars? There’s a way to reserve your spot on the street – but it will cost you. Owners of electric cars can apply for their own reserved parking space in front of their home, complete with charging station. You will have to pay $50 for a non-refundable application fee and $500 for the signage and meter to be installed. One report says that the cost actually runs closer to $3,000 – due to the costs of running power out to the meter – but that the state of Pennsylvania is giving rebates to the first 500 residents to participate in the program.
2.) The Philadelphia 76ers will unveil their new logo today. As the old logo is dated and impossibly ugly, this can only be an improvement. Sports commentators have acerbically questioned whether the logo change has the power to make the team play better. It has been stated that the color scheme of red and blue will stay the same. The team will eventually get new uniforms to reflect the new logo, but that won’t be happen until some time between the lottery and draft.
3.) The Three Cities food truck festival went off without a hitch. Local food trucks won the day with awards, beating out other food trucks from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Local vendors Sum Pig, The Cow and the Curd, Calle Del Sabor and Bonjour Creperie all took awards. Sum Pig took first place while The Cow and the Curd took both second place and the People’s Choice award.
Pope Francis’ visit to the United States is now less than five months away. As the papal visit draws nearer, the planning for the pontiff’s arrival are being kicked into high gear.
It’s been announced that the pope will stay at the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Lower Merion when he visits. It is customary for the pope to stay with an area’s archbishop when he visits, and Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput stays with the seminary students there. After all, it would be unusual for the pope, who has renounced worldly goods and taken vows to live a simple life, to stay in a five-star hotel. Still, it’s expected that the pope will be very comfortable at the seminary. Although Chaput will be officially hosting the pope he says that the seminarians are very excited to have the Holy Father staying with them as well, and Chaput believes that the pope will mingle freely with the students.
Meanwhile, the home rental market is booming in anticipation of the papal visit. With hotel rooms within a two hour drive booked solid, the only option left for folks coming into town is to rent out a private home or vacation home. Knowing this, many homeowners are spiking the prices accordingly. Reports say that Craigslist is flooded with home rental listings mentioning Pope Francis, many of which are going for thousands of dollars for the week. Miscellaneous local news outlets have run interviews with some of these homeowners, who claim that they are only following suit and demanding the going rate for their rentals.
City councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown has sponsored a bill that takes aim at the city’s “Filthadelphia” image. It’s a known fact that Philadelphia has a serious litter issue. Sidewalks, vacant lots, alleys, and corners have all become resting spots for trash, sullying the city’s image. Offenders habitually drop their trash, heedless of the detrimental effect they are having on their surroundings and environment. The answer, says Reynolds Brown, is inspired by none other than Walt Disney.
According to legend, Walt Disney studied public trash habits when he was building Disneyland. He discovered that, when trash receptacles were more than 30 feet apart, people were more likely to just dump their trash. For that reason, both Disneyland and Disney World have trash bins close together. The bill proposed in Philadelphia would take a slightly different approach. Any store that sells prepared food, regardless of size, would be required to have a trash receptacle within ten feet of the entrance. That way people who enter a store to buy food will always have a place to dispose of their trash after eating. Stores that do not have a trash receptacle would face fines.
A second bill would also address trash issues. Landlords of apartment buildings with six or more units would be required to provide a dumpster or large trash receptacle so that tenants don’t have to store trash in or around their units until pickup day.
Both bills are on their way to the mayor’s desk, where they are expected to be signed into law.
Come all ye lords and ladies! Philadelphia is getting its own Renaissance Faire. Set in tranquil Fairmount Park, the faire will be an experiment of sorts for its organizers. Every fall there is the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire that takes place in Lancaster County, an hour and a half away from the city, but there has up until this point been no equivalent in Philadelphia itself. The faire will launch for just one weekend, May 16 – 17. If things go well the organizers are planning a three-week run for next year.
Headlining the event will be Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Björnsson will star as Thor, King of the Vikings at the faire. He is the world’s second-strongest man, and will be performing “feats of strength” as well as acting out a Viking invasion of the faire. Joining the Vikings will be lively cast of entertainers including Ashagal, a “mythic folk band,” the Antipode belly-dancing troupe, David “THe Creepy Bard” Anthony, contortionist Scarlet Checkers, the Chaste Treasure singing group, and many more. Of course there will be a standard cast of brave knights and saucy wenches as well.
The story behind the faire is that it takes place in the fictional city of Amman, where ten long years of cold winters have caused all settlers to leave. It is only just now being redeveloped, a plot point that dovetails neatly with the faire’s own humble beginnings.
Tickets for the Philadelphia Renaissance Festival are $20 for adults. A $35 weekend pass is also available. It is being held at 4100 Chamounix Drive, close to the Mann Center.
A special exhibit on Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan is coming to the Franklin Institute in three days. On May 9th, “Genghis Khan: Bring the Legend to Life” will roll into town with artwork and artifacts commemorating the life of the warlord. The show debuted at the Houston Museum of Natural Science back in 2009 and has since toured the United States, Canada, and Asia.
The exhibit is the brainchild of Gankhuyag “Ganna” Natsag, who is passionate about all things Mongolian. He created the traveling show to share a part of his Mongolian culture with the rest of the world. Having dedicated his life to that quest, he has contributed some of his own private artwork (like ritual masks and traditional costumes) and ideas to the show. The exhibit is in six parts, covering topics ranging from Khan’s childhood and conquests to the state of Mongolia today.
Over 250 items were selected for the exhibit from both private and public collections. There are pieces as ancient as 5,000 years old, dating back to the glory days of the Mongol Empire. An especial prize is a sword that was said to be carried by one of Marco Polo’s guards. Items of clothing, jade, and religious artifacts are also present.
Natsag says that he believes Genghis Khan will be present in spirit at the exhibit. In any case, visitors will get a very clear taste of his essence. Natsag says that the show will help visitors – children and adults alike – learn true facts about the conqueror in a “natural” way.
“Genghis Khan: Bring the Legend to Life” will run through early January of next year.
Food trucks are super hot right now. Accordingly, festivals involving food trucks are popping up all across the United States – and Philadelphia is no exception. The city, along with Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, will play host to the Taste of 3 Cities food truck festival and competition on Saturday, May 9th. Starting at 12 noon and going until 9 p.m., festival-goers are invited to try the wares of 60 different food trucks hailing from each of the three cities represented.
One food truck representative from Philadelphia, for example, will be The Cow and the Curd. Having already won an award at the Washington stop of the event, the food truck will be returning triumphant to the city from which it came. Owner Nathan Carter says that many folks on the East Coast don’t even know what a cheese curd is, but once they taste his – dipped in a beer batter and deep-fried – they are converts.
Taste of 3 Cities is being held at Infinity Live. Tickets start at $15 and include admission, music/entertainment, and a kids’ area. Children under 5 get in for free; children older than that get a kid’s meal and admission to the kids’ area for $8. Part of the proceeds from each ticket sold go to Philabundance. Pets are welcome at the event. No outside food or drink is allowed. Vendors will be available selling crafts and other goods. Beer, wine, and mixed drinks will be available for purchase.
If you love food truck fare, be sure and get out to to the Taste of 3 Cities festival on Saturday! Bring your mom with you and make it a combo celebration for Mother’s Day!
Four district attorneys from the greater Philadelphia area got together with a group called Fight Crime: Invest In Kids to give a presentation on why Pennsylvania should consider investing in universal pre-kindergarten education for all children. Attending the presentation were District Attorneys Risa Ferman, Montgomery County; Seth Williams, Philadelphia; Jack Whelan, Delaware County; and Tom Hogan, Chester County.
The crux of the presentation was that taxpayers will save money by investing in children at a young age instead of paying for future imprisonment later. Pennsylvania spends $2 billion annually on prisons. That includes the costs of prosecuting defendants and locking them up in either county jails or state prisons. The report, accordingly, was entitled “We’re the Guys You Pay Later.” According to the study’s results, providing at-risk children with high-quality educational services is exactly the antidote. While there will always be a need to protect the public by locking away violent and dangerous criminals, doing so doesn’t get at the root of the crime problem. That’s why preventative measures are necessary.
The idea that pre-K is a great idea for children isn’t a new or original one. Many municipalities throughout the country have already instituted laws funding programs for children a year away from entering kindergarten. The state of Florida, for instance, pays for a half day of pre-K for all four year olds for a full school year.
It’s believed that state-funded pre-K could ultimately save Philadelphia citizens as much as $350 million in the future. A proposed bill would increase early childhood education funding by enough to fund pre-K for approximately 10% of the children identified as at-risk.