Looks like millennials aren’t the only ones driving less these days—at least in Center City. According to a survey from the Center City District, just one-third of Center City workers drive their cars to work. Somehow, though, it still looks like a traffic bomb went off in Center City at rush hour.
So, basically, more than half of Center City employees make it to work via some other mode of conveyance, be it bike, foot or public transit. In other areas of the city, like Rittenhouse Square or Chinatown, the driving proportion dips to one-fifth or less.
It’s not just Philly residents though—even commuters, which make up around 40 percent of Center City’s workforce, from the ‘burbs are nixing their rides:
Take Thomas Jefferson University professors Roseann Schaaf, who says, “I commute about 30-plus miles from the Western suburbs.”
When the weather’s nice, Schaaf bikes all the way. In poor weather, she takes SEPTA Regional Rail.
If this commuter revolution continues, though, one thing’s for sure: We’re going to need more bike racks. No wonder it’s been so hard to find a spot lately. [CBS]
Not only are the Stones back in town, but Michael Nutter has officially declared it “Rolling Stones Week.” We suggest hiding your daughters, then reliving some classic Stones-in-Philly moments, courtesy of You Tube.
“She’s had work done.” I recently heard this, whispered sotto voce by the Main Line mavens sitting at the table next to me at Tango. Naturally my neck swiveled at headache-inducing speed to see who they were taking about. Ah, it was a friend of mine, who I know for a fact has had no plastic surgery at all. Read more »
When I first heard that President Obama was considering nominating John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, I figured, oh great, we get to re-litigate the Swift Boat controversy again. Read more »
I’ve never really gotten the car-cult thing. So far in my auto-owning life, I’ve had a Nissan, a Jeep, a Subaru, a Mercury, two minivans whose makers I don’t even remember and the current Honda. No brand loyalty whatsoever, as you can see. I don’t wash my wheels, or even vacuum them until they really get grody. To me, a car is just a way to get to work. Read more »
You may have noticed, but American cities are currently in the midst of a population renaissance. As my generation continues to ditch its cars and suburban boulevards for fixies and city streets, the metropolitan lifestyle continues to become just a little more mainstream. In fact, the population of Greater Center City alone, the area bound by the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers and Tasker Street and Girard Avenue, has grown more than 10 percent in the past decade. Read more »
Earlier this month, my wife and I took my grandmother out to lunch for her 89th birthday. “Mom-mom Rose” has lived on the same tidy South Philadelphia block since the 1940s. We were joined at the restaurant by her current “gentleman friend” (I’ll call him James) who, despite being at least 15 years her junior, looks, well, like an old man. My grandmother on the other hand, often passes for a woman in her 60s; she lives her life like one 10 years younger—an age-to-attitude discrepancy that often drives my mother (who actually is in her 60s) bat-crazy. Read more »
Here’s something a lot of young people don’t know: When middle-aged women get plastic surgery, they’re not trying to look younger; they’re trying to look familiar. For the years between college and age 40, let’s say, most women look about the same as they always did. Maybe you gain a few pounds here or there, but if you put two photos side by side—”me in college” and “me at 35″—it’ll be pretty easy to see it’s the same person. Not so with “me in college” and “me at 50.” Seeing the self-slippage, and anticipating the discrepancy between “me in college” and “me at 60, 70, 80″ causes a lot of anxiety. Read more »
It sounds like a throwaway joke in an Adam Sandler movie—let’s get Nana high!—but Philly native Robert Platshorn is deadly serious about his mission: Giving senior citizens expanded access to the sticky icky icky. Platshorn is the man behind The Silver Tour, which advocates teaching the elderly about the benefits of marijuana, and now he’s produced a short documentary called “Should Grandma Smoke Pot?” to carry that word to a broader audience. Platshorn says the doc will play in two television markets with his target constituencies: The retirees of West Palm Beach, Florida and the stoners of Eugene, Oregon. In related news, Tommy Chong is 74.
Over the weekend, the first of my friends from high school became a grandma. Actually, she became a “Loli,” because she hated the way “Gran” and “Grannie” and “Nana” and “Baba” and all those other old-lady grandmother names sound. Whatever you call it, the baby’s absolutely adorable, and was absolutely unplanned. It took a while for Loli to tell us—and by “us” I mean the bunch of us that were in each others’ weddings and have stayed in touch and spend the occasional nostalgia-filled girls’ weekend together—that the blessed event was forthcoming. She wasn’t ashamed, exactly. Okay, maybe she was a little bit ashamed—Christ, hadn’t she drummed “birth control” into her kids’ heads since they reached puberty? But mostly, I think, she was shocked. This wasn’t the way the life she envisioned for her son was supposed to go. Read more »