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The next mayor's race isn't for two more years, but the prospective 2015 field? Not so inspiring. To help turn up some more exciting contenders, Philly Mag yesterday placed an ad for prospective candidates on Craigslist. It reads in part:"Large Eastern city with problems (but potential!) seeks bold, dynamic leader to run for mayor in 2015. Ideal candidate will have vision, independence, and the courage to take on entrenched interests. Large personal bank account helpful, but not required."In our new issue, Patrick Kerkstra also writes about the lameness of the field—and calls out the city's business and civic leaders for
Courthouse News Service reports that the operators of The Shops at Liberty Place have asked a state court to bar the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge from conducting its religious protests outside the tower's Chestnut Street entrance.It claims that since November 2012 the group has met on Friday afternoons near its 16th and Chestnut Street entrance, using a loudspeaker to "take turns preaching hate toward whites, homosexuals and women."According to the complaint, the defendants' comments have included: "You hate the white man? So do I;" "The white man is the devil," "A faggot doing what he's doing to another faggot is
To celebrate the forthcoming Philly Beer Week, Troeggs Brewing Company joined with Devil's Backbone Brewing Company and The Church Brew Works joined forces to create one beer to rule them all: A Black Rye IPA. Here's the story of how that happened:
YouTube user vicdella80 has come up with one of the great "gotcha" videos of the year.It's Philadelphia Parking Authority workers … sitting in a PPA-marked truck … in a no-parking zone ... so they can eat lunch. And they seem disgusted to be challenged on it. For real:Updated [12:43 p.m., 5/22/13]: According to PPA spokesperson Marty O'Rourke, these PPA employees did nothing illegal or against the rules. "That truck is a meter collection unit," says O'Rourke. "They are not allowed to leave their vehicles, because they are full of money. They are allowed to park there and eat lunch."
Hide your honey, your porridge and (in reality) your bird feeders and your garbage cans. There's a bear on the loose!Over the past week, a black bear has been spotted in Lower Bucks County. The LBC, as I like to call it, is more urbanized than your usual bear habitat, meaning everyone is freaking out. The bear was spotted at a Bensalem soccer field, on a Bristol Township lawn, and even in Hulmeville, a town you've probably never even heard of. Things haven't been this exciting in the LBC since the Neshaminy Mall was built.
The Courier-Post reports:CHERRY HILL — Woodcrest Country Club will go on the auction block today, one year after the Cherry Hill landmark declared bankruptcy.Four bidders have qualified for the auction, with two indicating they want the 155-acre property to remain a golf course. A third bidder, Camden County, has said it would use open-space funds to prevent development at the site.The latest bidders emerged over the weekend when a partnership led in part by George E. Norcross III said it wants Woodcrest to continue as a golf course. Norcross, an insurance executive and chairman of Cooper University Hospital, lives near
It's been a good run, Bec. As Inquirer writer Michael Klein writes, the storied Walnut Street restaurant was never quite able to shed its "gilded-age, go-for-Baroque legacy," even after famed owner Georges Perrier gave it up last spring. The plan is to close it by Father's Day weekend, in mid-June. Taking its place will be a joint serving "progressive American cuisine" and the new chef will be young Roxborough native Justin Bogle. [Foobooz]
No sooner did HughE Dillon post this on Philly Chit Chat than I heard hearts racing from the Delaware to the Schuylkill:Bloomingdale’s in the Gallery! Be still, my heart! It’s safe to go back to Market Street at last!
“I hear that the Bloomingdale folks are interested in the Burlington Coat Factory location, which is on a year to year lease. They’ve been here four times; the last time, they brought their lawyers and design team with them.”
On Monday night, at the Rittenhouse Hotel, the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party previewed many of the eateries that will be participating in the popular annual street festival that closes Walnut Street from Broad Street to 19th Street. The preview party honored Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of GPTMC, for her promotion of all things great in Philly. Pictured with her: Corie Moskow, Gloss PR, and Evan O’Donnell, GM AKA Hotel.
Don't tell Stu Bykofsky, but the folks at Walk Score have named Philly the fourth-most bikable city in America.The city ranked behind Portland—damn those hipsters!—San Francisco, and Denver, with Philly garnering a total "bike score" of 68.4—"bikeable," according to the site's rankings, but just short of "very bikeable." In other words: We're the fourth-best biking city in the country, but we're not that great. The score combines several factors: The number of bike lanes, the hilliness of the terrain, the number of other bikers on the street, and the number of destinations that are easy to ride to.Here's Walk Score's