Let me share this here, before you all inevitably do so on your Facebook walls. BuzzFeed has created a list of the “21 Things You’re Only Afraid of If You Live in Philly.” Winners include “The People of SEPTA,” bike-killing trolley tracks, and of course, North Philadelphia. Sure, I too am afraid of bike-killing trolley tracks. But before you go blasting this list around along with the words “soooo true” take a minute to realize that you too could have devised this exact list. Because the only qualification you need to write such a list is to have at one time or another lived in the City of Philadelphia.
A Running-of-the-Santas fatality occurred this weekend.
Herr, 24, of Lebanon, Pa., was in Philadelphia for the annual Running of the Santas on Saturday when somehow, about 10:25 p.m., he found himself in costume and on foot on Interstate 95 South near the I-676 interchange…[27-year-old motorist Augustine] Bangura, driving with a suspended license, struck and killed Herr, according to police. Responding officers said Bangura failed field sobriety tests and his car smelled of marijuana. He was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and with homicide by motor vehicle.
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The Atlantic Cities flags a website that collects Yahoo! autocomplete searches for various cities, states, and countries, and then flings them onto a map. Philly, per usual, got the short end of the stick.
We’re not always sure what to make of “ruin porn,” but Philadelphia certainly is a great place to make it:
At first, we couldn’t decide if this short film celebrates Philadelphia, or is just a group of people enthusiastically reading the city’s Wikipedia entry. We’ve decided it’s the former.
I recently met someone who lives in Center City and is debating whether or not she should buy a car. Are you kidding me? Driving in Philadelphia is one of the worst ideas ever. Here, the ten reasons why driving in Philadelphia is a really, really positively and utterly stupid idea.
It’s not news that Philadelphia has a litter problem.
As I’ve noted before, this literally goes back centuries: “Filthy-dirty” has been a pejorative nickname for the city for ages. A 1989 book is even titled Filthy Dirty: A Social History of Unsanitary Philadelphia in the Late Nineteenth Century.
Shawn McKenna–a triathlete (and market researcher) and a friend, James Huth, are embarking on a 72-mile (give or take) expedition tomorrow to cycle the entire border of Philadelphia. (He came up with the idea while bored on jury duty.) They’ll start at the Yards Brewery, and they’ll end at the Yards Brewery. Here’s McKenna’s map–which they’ll try to follow as best they can.