Philadelphia has a promotional podcast. The news is that as a walking tour, it's not totally lame.
The idea behind Sound About Philly was to create a series of audio bits for visitors and locals to hear while sauntering around town with an iPod - or for someone listening in Peoria by laptop.
Another horror story about the Philadelphia airport is flying around the Web this week. A good bit of it is even true. It goes like this:
A Virgin Atlantic flight from London to New York diverts to Philadelphia when bad weather closes JFK. The plane needs fuel, but the handling company at the airport demands payment before it will lift a finger. Seven hours later, the flight is cancelled because the crew has worked too long. Passengers - cranky after sitting in their plane for 17 hours and watching Chicken Little, "The Simpsons" and "Scrubs" marathons - are told they have to find their own way up to New York.
That's the story that one of the passengers told The Consumerist, the Gawker empire's popular, samurai shopping site. On the site, "Amy B's" unexpected trip to Philadelphia sounds a whole lot worse, but those are the details I could confirm.
From the Philadelphia Business Journal, which was reporting on a family travel initiative between the Philadelphia Visitors & Convention Center and the Multicultural Affairs Council:
"We have had reunions in Florida, Detroit, Virginia, Philadelphia and South Carolina. But part of our family loves to shop, so they love coming to Philadelphia," said Rose Wilson. ...
We knew he'd snagged a gig traveling across the U.S. for Traffic.com this summer and blogging from the road.
But who knew he had such a hawk nose for a story?
It's hard to imagine now, but as midnight approached on October 1, 1940, drivers converged on Pennsylvania tollbooths to be among the first to inaugurate the nation's original superhighway.
It wasn't just a novelty; it was a looker - long gentle bends, art deco facades on the tunnels cut through the surrounding mountains, fieldstone service plazas.
If you want to better picture what that was like, here's your opportunity. Eight and a half miles of the former turnpike, mostly in Fulton County, is being developed by a bike trail that will look much as it did 66 years ago.
The Keystone State Boychoir tours Southeast Asia, battling heat, jet lag, and strange food.
And blogging all the way.
While all eyes are on New Jersey, which had to unplug slot machines to make people focus on its budget woes, let's take a digital trip to visitPA, which has just wrapped up a holiday poll, and picked a new state bumper sticker:
I break for Shoofly Pie.
Get it? B-R-E-A-K.
The Starwood chain, no doubt taken by stories of how many pilgrims find themselves delayed and denied at Philadelphia International Airport, decided to build a Gen X-friendly loft-style hotel there by 2007, complete with wireless everything and a happening lounge scene. A Starwood release says, "The aloft hotels brand will revamp the staid same-old, polyester scenario with stylish accommodations for business and leisure travelers."
First Northern Liberties. Now Island Ave.