The idea for Center City District Sips was conjured up in 2004, with the goal of adding a little foot traffic to a downtown that was dead in the summer. Twelve years later, it’s a full-fledged phenomenon with more than 80 venues participating, some holding thousands of people, and hoards of 20- and 30-somethings coming from their city jobs or in from the suburbs. Welcome to the region’s biggest party. A look back at the summer of Sips.
This week Mayor Jim Kenney announced that skating would be allowed at LOVE Park one last time before it’s closed for a massive overhaul. Dan McQuade wrote about why all Philadelphians should mourn the loss of the space as a skating mecca, calling LOVE “an under-utilized city park turned into something great by skaters.” Photographer Jeff Fusco braved the cold to capture the scene as many skaters take their final spins.
President Barack Obama was at Temple University yesterday stumping for gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf. Pennsylvania’s Democratic machinery, including State Senator Mike Stack, Mayor Michael Nutter, U.S. Senator Bob Casey, U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah, and Wolf’s one-time opponent for the nomination, former Pa. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary and former chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Katie McGinty turned out.
Jeff Fusco was on the scene, as well as at a Tom Wolf campaign stop at the 52nd Street ShopRite on Saturday.
For more on the game, check Birds 24/7’s new feature, The Zone Read, which will deconstruct each Eagles game the day after.