Just as the snow was starting to stick on Monday morning in Philadelphia, we got word that there won’t be any trash pickup in the city on Tuesday. Read more »
On Sunday morning, thousands of folks in the Philadelphia region got in their cars, unaware that the roads were about to turn into sheets of ice. We got City of Philadelphia Streets Commissioner David Perri on the phone to get his take on what happened.
Was Sunday one of your more nightmarish days on the job?
Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of highway departments more than an ice storm. They are the most difficult storms to fight. They are so difficult to predict. The weather conditions really have to be, kind of like a perfect storm of conditions for freezing rain to develop.
Last month we told you about local filmmaker Cory Popp’s latest project, a video series called “Wastelands” that follows urban explorers into Philly’s most forgotten, derelict locales. The first episode profiled street photographer Conrad Brenner of Streets Dept, who finds inspiration and beauty in the city’s unlikeliest places.
Earlier this week I shared a video made by local filmographer Cory Popp. It captures collector Betsy Alexander’s home in Fitler Square, which she has turned into a veritable toy and art museum with trinkets she’s been amassing since she was a tot.
I was pretty taken with the short film, so I chatted with Popp to find out what he’s up to next. Coincidentally, he has a new four-part film series debuting next week. “Wastelands” follows Philly urban explorers like Streets Dept‘s Conrad Brenner and Ruin Porn‘s Tracy Levesque as they traverse into the depths of Philadelphia to document some of our forgotten—often fascinating–landscapes.
This wins the day: Streets Dept. has snaps of Philly street artist Ishknits’ latest installation. This time she’s knitted an outfit on Zenos Frudakis’s Freedom sculpture at the old Glaxo-Smith Kline building at 16th and Vine. Now, instead of simply running out of a wall, it looks like it’s running for joy from an amazing sale at American Apparel.
Philly street artist Kid Hazo strikes again — this time taking on those mushy Visit Philly ads with posters that say funny things like “Dear Liberty Bell, Crack kills!” The ads were installed on Sunday morning along Chestnut between Broad and 18th streets. Check out more images from Streets Dept. here.
The tour, which will focus on the city’s public artwork, will highlight everything from commissioned murals to graffiti. It will start in Midtown Village and end in Fishtown with an El trip in between (ticket info below).
On the heels of yesterdays’ news of our snowiest half-decade ever, there’s an interesting fact in this story by PlanPhilly’s Christine Fisher: The Philadelphia Streets Department has filled more potholes this winter than any one in history. Like, probably dating back to 1682 or something.
“It’s been an unusually tough winter, and with potholes being repaired at a record pace an increased investment in paving is being made in this capital budget,” said Andrew Stober, chief of staff at the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities.
The Streets Department has already repaired more than 12,200 potholes.