The Center for Public Integrity — which is a non-profit, non-partisan news outlet focused on, you guessed it, public integrity — has ranked all 50 states on transparency and accountability.
Pennsylvania got an “F.” That’s a big slide from 2012, when it received a “C-” in similar survey. This time, Pennsylvania was ranked 44th overall, so it could be worse. A little bit, anyway.
The center looked at 13 categories including “political financing,” “public access to information,” and “judicial accountability.” That last metric didn’t help the state’s grade any. Read more »
Herr’s Potato Chips, ranked.
Lay’s potato chips might have their whole “Do Us A Flavor” contest for creating new, weird potato chip flavors (Cappuccino, New York Reuben, Cheesy Garlic Bread — which isn’t at all bad), but Herr’s (the Nottingham, PA-based manufacturer of salty snack foods and recent winner of USA Today’s Best Food Factory Tour) has been messing with the basic potato chip formula since 1958 (just four years after the first flavored potato chip hit the market, in Ireland), so they’ve had plenty of time to practice. Which is why we decided that it was time to lay all the bounty down before us and have us a good ol’ side-by-side potato chip tasting, to see which was the best, which was the worst, and if there were any surprises to be found inside those bags.
And there were. Our team was thorough and our opinions strong, and now we humbly present to you All The Herr’s Potato Chip Flavors, Ranked. The rankings »
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If it wasn’t already obvious based on your morning commute — or Sandy Hingston’s — Philadelphia is a really bad city for drivers.
WalletHub found that Philly is the third-worst U.S. city for driving, based on factors such as a vehicle’s operating costs, traffic, weather, and risk of theft, among other criteria, CBSPhilly reported earlier today. The ranking compared the 100 biggest cities in the U.S. (based on population), of which Philly is the fifth-largest overall, with around 1.5 million residents. Read more »
The University of Pennsylvania’s public safety division ranked first in its sector in the annual Security 500 rankings from Security magazine. It was the eighth consecutive year Penn topped the rankings for universities.
Penn has beefed up its security since the campus got a reputation for crime in the 1980s and early 1990s. Maureen Rush, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of the Penn Police Department, joined Penn in 1994. Per The Daily Pennsylvanian, security contractors at Penn have doubled under Rush. Penn now has almost 800 people working in public safety in the 2.5-mile zone.
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In what is perhaps the most scientific and important poll in recent memory, Philadelphia has been named the best city to be a vampire. Finally, someone has recognized our city for what it’s all about!
The list, on the blog of the real estate broker Redfin, lists four reasons why Philadelphia is the best city for vampires: The bar hours (which it gets wrong), the number of cloudy days, the number of blood banks and blood drives and the number of homes for sale near cemeteries. (It lists bar hours as 7 a.m. to 3 a.m., when it’s really 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. — though, to be fair, there are plenty of bars that will stay open until 3 on the sly.)
According to Redfin, Philadelphia has the second-most homes for sale near cemeteries, behind only Baltimore.
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If there’s one reputation Penn students have, it’s being impolite — especially to workers in the service industry. Penn kids reportedly tipped 40 cents at McGlinchey’s earlier this year. Other waiters and waitresses have similar tales of rudeness and cheapness.
And it’s not just food service. “I sit at this post and some of the kids just glare and keep it moving … no ‘good morning,’ ‘good afternoon,’ or anything … where are some of their manners?” AlliedBarton security guard told the Daily Pennsylvanian in 2012.
But, apparently, Penn kids are nice to delivery people. Really nice. Best-in-the-nation nice.
A new survey from GrubHub and the Huffington Post’s Spoon University ranked the 10 nicest colleges in the country, based on how frequently students used “please” and “thank you” in the special orders box. Penn came out on top.
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USA Today recently announced its 10 best theme parks. With the caveat that this is a readers’ choice award, we bring you the exciting news that Great Adventure took second and Hersheypark placed fifth. They beat a number of better-known theme parks: Disneyland, the parks at Disney World, Legoland, Busch Gardens and Wally World.
Six Flags Great Adventure is home of the world’s tallest steel roller coaster, Kinda Ka, as well as the recently debuted Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride. The park boasts around a dozen coasters in all, plus a slew of tamer rides and attractions, Looney Toons character meet-and-greets, live stage shows and a 350-acre safari park with 1,200 animal residents.
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The website MoneyRates.com has published research results that rank the 50 states according to a proprietary metric they call Compensation and Quality Factor pertaining to employment. It’s based on four factors:
- Average salary, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
- Cost of living, based on data from C2ER.
- Employment rate, based on BLS data.
- Workplace conditions, based on the “Work Environment” component of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
The best state for job-searching and employment quality is Washington, which has one of the highest average incomes in the country. There’s also no state income tax and workplace conditions are tops.
The worst is Hawaii, which has a very high cost of living but wages that don’t compensate.
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Pat yourself on the back, single people. According to rent.com, Philadelphia is the sixth-best city for singles in the country. Before you get too excited, please note that the list includes Jersey City (Jersey City!) at No. 9 and the usual suspects (Seattle, Boston, D.C., New York, San Francisco) in the top five. But, hey, sixth-best is pretty good!
Per the site, 26 percent of Philadelphia’s population is single (and the median one-bedroom rent is $1,295 — and, yeah, you can live for much cheaper than that if you look around a bit).
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Next City reports today on Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros, a report by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University School of Business. The report’s authors, Christopher B. Leinberger and Patrick Lynch, come to some pretty interesting conclusions about the way cities are changing when it comes to walkable urbanism. From Next City:
Leinberger and Lynch’s operating premise is that Americans with options are increasingly moving away from what they call “drivable sub-urban” in favor of walkable urban places, which they call WalkUPs — basically, places where offices and stores are walking distance from homes and where those spaces are beginning to fetch higher rents because of demand.
The report on the 30 largest metros in the country divides results into current walkable urbanism and future walkable urbanism; and then demonstrates the way walkability is related to education and wealth.
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