Councilman Wants to Outlaw Selling Your Public Parking Space

Monkey Parking A Philadelphia City Councilman wants to outlaw a new app that allows you to sell your public parking space to the next driver. Councilman Bill Greenlee says MonkeyParking, already in service in other cities, should be against the law in Philadelphia.

Here’s how MonkeyParking works: You note your public parking space in the app. When you want to leave, your space goes to the highest bidder. If you’re driving and you need a space, instead of circling around the block a bunch of times, you tell MonkeyParking how much you’re willing to pay for a spot and the app directs you to a user nearby who’s about to leave their spot.

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Philadelphia Named Best City to Be a Vampire


In what is perhaps the most scientific and important poll in recent memory, Philadelphia has been named the best city to be a vampire. Finally, someone has recognized our city for what it’s all about!

The list, on the blog of the real estate broker Redfin, lists four reasons why Philadelphia is the best city for vampires: The bar hours (which it gets wrong), the number of cloudy days, the number of blood banks and blood drives and the number of homes for sale near cemeteries. (It lists bar hours as 7 a.m. to 3 a.m., when it’s really 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. — though, to be fair, there are plenty of bars that will stay open until 3 on the sly.)

According to Redfin, Philadelphia has the second-most homes for sale near cemeteries, behind only Baltimore.

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Ocean City Students’ Experiment Destroyed in Rocket Explosion


This image provided by NASA shows the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with about 5,000 pounds of supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions.

Yesterday, the Antares rocket — an unmanned, NASA-contracted rocket that was slated to take supplies to the International Space Station — exploded 14 seconds after launch.

There were no injuries. But an experiment made by Ocean City High School students was one of the casualties of the explosion.

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Today’s Daily News Cover Is Excellent


If you’ve ever seen the New York Daily News or the New York Post — or really, most tabloid newspapers — you know one thing about them: They are ugly as sin. The design of both the News and the Post have been stuck in the ’80s since … well, since the ’80s. This is one thing Philadelphia can hold over other cities: Our tabloid newspaper is beautiful.

Today’s Daily News is an example: What a fantastic cover. It’s not “A COUPLE OF BOOBS” level, but it’s pretty good.

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The Phillies Won the World Series Six Years Ago Today

Six years ago today, the Phillies won the World Series.

Here is what I remember: Hugging my girlfriend. Walking up to Broad Street and high-fiving every stranger along the way. Some dude freaking out about my “Red Means Go” t-shirt, which was the giveaway at the 2006 opener. People ripping a tree out of its planter and passing it around the crowd. Fans dancing on top of a bus shelter — which then collapsed. Some fans chanting “I smell weed.” Hugging a man after he sold me a bootleg t-shirt. Hugging friends. Hugging strangers.

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Introducing #catjawns, Instagram Hashtags for Philly Cats


The problem: Lots of Philadelphia cats on Instagram, but no way to tell what neighborhood they live in. The solution: #catjawns.

A few years ago, a friend of mine who lives in Kensington posted a photo of her cats to Instagram. I tagged it “#kenzokats.” She picked up the idea, and she and another friend of mine use the #kenzokats hashtag. It’s time to expand this project.

Here’s how it works: When posting a photo of your cat to Instagram, please use the corresponding hashtag for your neighborhood (or one near it). Here’s an example: The cat in the header image at the top of this post, Detective John Munch, lives in East Falls. Take a photo of her, and you’d tag the Instagram photo #eastpaws. Get it?

What follows is an exhaustive list of #catjawns hashtags.

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The Pilot of Beverly Hills, 90210 Has a SEPTA Bus In It


The pilot of Beverly Hills, 90210 aired on October 4th of 1990. It opened with twins Brandon and Brenda Walsh adjusting to life in Beverly Hills. The opening montage also introduced freshman David Silver, popular girl Kelly Taylor, her ex-boyfriend, Steve Sanders—and one character, Andrea Zuckerman, who arrived at West Beverly High on the bus.

Specifically, a SEPTA bus. It may say WEST BEVERLY HILLS TRANSIT, but that color scheme and ‘S’ logo are unmistakeable.

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