Preserving Philly’s History; Visit to the Mall of the Dead and Dying; Hiring campaign for school employees | Morning overview
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Founded in 1955, the Philadelphia Historical Commission was one of the first city preservation boards in the country to have jurisdiction over the entire city.
- With the power to stop demolitions or constructionand changing the costs of owning or developing a property, PHC’s decision-making can affect the future as much as the past.
The historic designation can trigger disputes or inspire new solutions. Jordan Levy explains how it all works and how you can have your say in the process.
Once as iconic of American culture as baseball and apple pie, the mall is now a dying breed, with only around 1,000 people nationwide.
- The Philadelphia area is full of these bygone landmarks, and they survive in different states. Some are quaint and dated, others have been smothered in corporate makeover attempts.
A couple is always bustling and busy, if confusing to navigate. For Billy Penn, Kurt Schiller tours eight dead and dying malls around Philadelphia.
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- Governor Wolf is suing the GOP-controlled state legislature for pushing 5 constitutional amendment proposals through a bill during budget sessions — including one that would declare that the state constitution does not guarantee any related rights to abortion. [Spotlight PA/Billy Penn]
- Pennsylvania is discontinuing the COVID exposure app it released in 2020. The Pennsylvania Department of Health says it’s because people are now more knowledgeable about COVID and know what the symptoms look like and how to find a test. [WHYY]
- The woman arrested for torching a police cruiser during the 2020 downtown racial justice protests has been sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison – but she has already served 25 months, so she could soon be released . [Billy Penn/Inquirer$]
- Philadelphia Public Schools is trying to prevent a repeat of last year’s labor shortage by hiring earlier. Hiring events for bus drivers, cafeteria workers, school nurses and other positions are scheduled for August 10 and 24. [Chalkbeat/Phila SD]
- RIP Jaylill Foy, founding member of the famous singing group Brotherly Love, who died last week after being shot outside his home. [NBC10]
- Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse party bar moves one block west. It will expand its space and offerings when it reopens at 1921 Sansom St. in September. [Biz Journal$]
- Eagles QB Gardner Minshew spent the offseason next to a Florida gym on an old prison bus. Some things he did: dig a gravel pit, learn to play guitar, shower outside, read “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” on a hammock he set up nearby. [ESPN]
Nothing on the public schedule today for Mayor Jim Kenney. Although he still has 17 months in office, some are eagerly awaiting his replacement. “We need someone who smiles,” said a real estate professional at a recent business luncheon, according to The Inquirer. “We are very proud of Philly; we need more joy.
🎰 BP Quizzo takes over South Philly Sports Complex Casino! Help us invade the Sports & Social bar with nerdy trivia about all things Philadelphia. Prizes include gift cards and beach chairs, all free with RSVP. (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 17)
👩💻 Anyone working in tech or a startup can find Valhalla networking at the PHL Innovation Picnic, back at the Navy Yard after a pandemic break. Tickets start at $25. (5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 4)
🕸️ BYO chairs and blankets to watch ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ on Dilworth Park’s Free Movie Night. Popcorn and snacks are available for purchase, as well as alcohol for adults. (8:15 p.m. Friday August 5)