Well, this is lame. All the other cities get monsters and hairy mean things, we got a guy with a broken mop and a cheesesteak joke.
Last year, we gave you a Reddit roundup of the best SEPTA etiquette tips out there. (Example: “stop eating Mcdonalds when I’m hammered and hungry.”) That list has been narrowed down and illustrated, courtesy of the realtors at BerkshireHathawayPruFoxRealEstate. (One of whom tells me he started the thread. Who knew your realty professionals were on Reddit?)
Conrad Benner is probably best known to the Philadelphia public as the man behind Streets Dept, a funky photo blog that chronicles the city in all its found-art and destruction-porn glory. Lately, the 28-year-old native has taken on a new role: Activist. He’s the man behind a Change.org petition asking SEPTA to provide 24/7 service along the Broad Street and Market-Frankford subway lines. He’s not sure what to expect: “Hopefully putting this out there will get answers,” he said.
Benner talked to Philly Mag about his campaign, which had gathered nearly 1,000 signatures by mid-morning today. Some excerpts:
Now that this brutal winter has had its way with us — and I’m just going to pretend that there’s not an entire month of it still on the calendar —we’re left to deal with the terror and destruction left in its wake: potholes. And they are everywhere. Read more »
In case you’re wondering what the holdup is on 11th Street between Market and Chestnut, it is this CVS truck adding more chaos to your morning commute. Read more »
Monday may be a federal holiday, but the people who pick up your trash in Philadelphia don’t have the day off. Sanitation workers from the Streets Department will be out on Presidents Day. But they’re not picking up the trash that snow prevented them from picking up on Thursday or Friday. They’re picking up Monday’s normally scheduled trash and recycling. Read more »
As I recently discovered during an innocuous search for Thor GIFs, Tumblr can be a mind-altering place, populated by obsessive, combative Internet users who specialize in off-putting fan art, grainy photos of people drinking coffee in bed and ludicrously detailed theory writing about the CW show Supernatural. But it’s also a repository for some incredible stuff! Like adorable dogs who paint to raise money for animal charities and that’s all I’ve got at the moment. Perusing Tumblr is a bit like spelunking without a headlamp — for every awesome stalagmite garden you uncover, you’re bound to endure at least two to three flesh-eating troglodyte attacks.
There’s also some excellent local representation on the blogging site that might not be well-exposed to non-Tumblr users, since you can’t wade through the tags and archives without a login. Here are five Philly-centric pages to check out that, to my knowledge, will not chill you to your vulnerable core. Remember that this is just a small fraction of worthy local Tumblrs — don’t hesitate to link up more in the comments.