Archive: July, 2013
This week’s Time issue, “After Trayvon,” includes an essay by Mayor Nutter on black-on-black crime and what he calls “domestic terrorists” who are “even more devastating to our cities than the episodic threats from overseas.”
Nutter notes that 75 percent of Philadelphia’s homicide victims are black men, who constitute 80 percent of all homicide suspects.
American Dream Meadowlands, the taxpayer-backed reincarnation of the gargantuan mall (4.8 million square feet!) once known as Xanadu (like that fabulous 1980 movie!) won't be finished in time to complement the 2014 Super Bowl at nearby Met-Life Stadium.
Responding to a reporter's question Wednesday, N.J. Governor Chris Christie said some of the $4 billion Dream may be "open or usuable" by kickoff, but added, "obviously, we're running out of time."
Triple Five, the Canadian developer Christie's administration persuaded, with $200 million in state tax credits, to take over the stalled mall/moneypit in 2010, claims the job is 80 percent complete. But the developer has filed suit against the Jets and Giants football organizations, accusing them of breaching an earlier agreement that enabled the project to proceed.
The cheeky cable network's latest genre-mashing, actor-recycling schlockstravaganza - this one about heedless, hedonistic "spring breakers" unintentionally unleashing various CGI horrors upon Las Vegas - premieres at 9 EDT Thursday.
We'll see if the sight of Frankie Muniz pursued by ancient demons on the Strip ignites the Twitterverse as brightly as did Sharknado, in which Tara Reid and the rest of Los Angeles are besieged by flying sharks.
NPR's "All Things Considered" show spotlighted a North Camden Little League program on Tuesday, and helped a documentary project about the players and the neighborhood exceed a $15,000 Kickstarter campaign goal.
The radio broadcast (link here) resulted in "a flurry of donations," says filmmaker and journalist Steve Patrick Ercolani, who freelanced the piece to NPR. "Until then, we were kind of on our last legs, about $3,000 short."
Ercolani, 26, a Haddonfield native, and collaborator Gabe Dinsmoor, 25, of Baltimore, have been shooting periodically in North Camden's Pyne Poynt park since the spring. Read my previous blog post about their project here; read Ercolani's Huffington Post story here.
On the morning after Sharknado, it's time to assess the damage.
Two hours of my life have been lost forever, claimed by the exhilirating ridiculousness of the instant classic made-for-TV flick the Syfy cable network gave the world on Thursday.
Sharknado's hurricanes and twisters, which spark a Biblical rain of sharks upon Los Angeles, also set off a tidal wave on Twitter.
Fans of Google Glass, the technology that transforms the wearers of special specs into peeping toms, claim that history has been made on the Wildwood boardwalk.
A young filmmaker named Chris Barrett -- whose pallid yet bright-eyed earnestness reminds me, alas, of purported freedom fighter/man without a country Edward Snowden -- insists the herky-jerky montage his 'Glass' captured during a July 4 Jersey Shore mini-melee is the first of its kind.
Barrett is referring to a sequence showing a rather hapless and shirtless young man, who may be in violatation of Wildwood's new boardwalk-after-dark dress code, being subdued by police.
The Philadelphia Art Commission was not exactly bowled over by a second proposed 9/11 Memorial, as Plan Philly reports.
“I'm a little disappointed,” said chair and artist Moe Brooker, “that this seems rather small in comparison to the power of the day.”
The planned memorial for Franklin Square, first reported by The Inquirer’s Stephan Salisbury, is the project of first responder Steve Saymon and contractor Jeffrey Little. The proposed "Mending Liberty" memorial features a replica of the Liberty Bell suspended between a replica of the Twin Towers, with remnants from all three crash sites.
Some Philly neighborhoods have better names than others. Like Devil’s Pocket, or Kingsessing, Hantraft or Fishtown.
Philadelphia does neighborhoods right.
And then some smartypants came up with Midtown Village, a “meh” name is we ever heard one.