Philly’s Big Open Streets Event Is One Big Disappointment

Ben Franklin Bridge - no cars, all walkers

If you think you’ll be biking down the Ben Franklin Bridge like you did during the Pope’s visit, think again. | Photo by Dan McQuade

When I heard that this Saturday would mark the first Open Streets Philly event — they’re calling it Philly Free Streets — I was both elated but also concerned for the most selfish of reasons. I have a bunch of errands to run in and around Center City on Saturday, and I need to be able to get around in my car. So I was about to rethink my schedule … until I looked up the maps to see what Philly Free Streets is really all about. Read more »

Donald Trump Came to Delco Last Night, and It Was Weird

A woman in a "Deplorable Voters Matter" t-shirt, a Rocky statue with a Trump/Pence shirt, and Emily Youcis (Pistachio Girl) decked out in Trump gear

Scenes from the Donald Trump rally in Chester Township. | Photos: Dan McQuade

A voice boomed as if from the heavens. “Please welcome, legendary coach Bobby Knight!”

Even though it was sweltering outside, the former Indiana University basketball coach walked on stage in his trademark red sweater. “When I was coaching, I don’t think we ever lost a game in Pennsylvania,” Knight said. “It’s just a possibility that may not be true, too. I’ve always been a big fan of the state of Pennsylvania. One of the people that I admired most in college athletics was Joe Paterno.” The crowd cheered.

Donald Trump, Knight and a few thousand supporters gathered in Studio 2 at Sun Center Studios in Chester Township last night to rally in support of Trump’s bid for the presidency. The final fight in Creed was filmed on the same stage, and so there was a Rocky statue wearing a Trump shirt in the room. Trump came on stage to “Gonna Fly Now” when Knight introduced him. “He won 900 games!” Trump said as Knight walked off the stage. “That’s a winner. We like winners.”

Donald Trump came to Delco last night, and it was weird. Read more »

Here’s a Map of When Pennsylvania’s Leaves Will Be the Most Colorful

Pennsylvania Fall Foliage

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau of Forestry

Fall is officially here, whether it feels like it or not (it doesn’t), and that means the leaves are a-changin’.

If some Debbie Downer has been telling you that Pennsylvania’s leaves will hardly change colors this year because of the drought, fret not: The leaves will still turn all the colors, and the state Bureau of Forestry’s weekly maps will show you how to optimize your autumn leaf watching. Read more »

These Carson Wentz Bootleg Jerseys Are Hilarious (And Hideous)

Carson Wentzmania got even bigger this week, as the Eagles went into Chicago and beat up on the Bears, 29-14. Carson Wentz has played two games and, so far, he can do no wrong.

Wentz went 21-for-34 for 190 yards and a touchdown in Monday night’s win. Coach Doug Pederson says Wentz is playing like a 10-year vet. The Eagles had the best point differential in the league after Week 2. They are 2-0 for the first time since 2014. They are going to the Super Bowl, baby!

Okay, they’re not Super Bowl-bound. But people are excited about the Eagles rookie QB. Wentz’s hot start has the bootleggers going wild: Hustlers were selling bootleg Wentz T-shirts on two different Center City corners this morning, and online there are a ton of Wentz bootleg jerseys of various styles and colors.

Which brings us to a website I came across earlier this week: Designed to look like the NFL’s official website, this bootleg site has some of the worst NFL jerseys I’ve ever seen. Let’s take a look. Read more »

Meet Joe Khan, the Man Who Wants to Unseat D.A. Seth Williams

Joe Khan announcing his intention to run against District Attorney Seth Williams in the May 2017 Democratic primary. Photo by Morgan Jenkins

Joe Khan announcing his intention to run against District Attorney Seth Williams in the May 2017 Democratic primary. Photo by Morgan Jenkins

On Thursday, former federal prosecutor Joe Khan announced that he will challenge District Attorney Seth Williams in May’s Democratic primary. Prior to his press conference, we spoke with Khan to see what we can expect from the contest. Read more »

Donald Trump Opens Campaign Office on South Street

Donald Trump - with "prison for Hillary" shirt

The front window of the Trump campaign office on South Street. | Photo: Dan McQuade

South Street is a legendary Philadelphia street. It’s home of everything from high schoolers exploring downtown for the first time to young men blasting tunes and yelling at women. It’s the home of a solid cheesesteak rivalry (Jim’s vs. Ishkabibbles) and a concert venue that’s hosted everything from rap and rock shows to little person wrestling. It’s home to Fat Tuesday and a 24-hour diner and actually is kind of upscale now on the other side of Broad Street. It’s also now home to a Donald Trump campaign office.

The office, which is between 8th and 9th streets, sprouted up sometime in the last week or so. A worker inside, who did not give his name, said it was Trump’s second office — the first is in Northeast Philadelphia. It’s full of Trump lawn signs and other campaign paraphernalia. The worker told me no one from the campaign was yet ready to talk about the field office. Messages sent to the Trump campaign were not returned. Read more »

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