Welcome to Thursday, Philly. Here’s what we’re reading:
Target has confirmed it will open at 12th and Chestnut in summer 2016. The new TargetExpress, the smaller downtown version of the big box store, will open in the nearly-block-sized Brickstone development currently under construction on the 1100 block of Chestnut, reports The Inquirer.
SEPTA’s General Manager Joe Casey will retire at the end of September after 34 with the agency. Casey’s seven-year tenure as GM saw increased ridership, improved performance, and a new source of dedicated state funding to rebuild the legacy infrastructure. The Inquirer’s Paul Nussbaum reports Casey’s successor could be his deputy Jeffrey Knueppel.
Wonder what getting around Philly was like in 1999? Or curious to look back at the city itself? Philebrity found this 90-minute video compilation of SEPTA and NJ Transit footage – a weird, meditative portal through time with rough camera work.
Can barbers boost voting in Philly, particularly among African American men? That’s the premise being tested by Sharp Insights, a project funded by a $250,000 Knight Foundation grant. Up to 50 barbers will be trained and will distribute information about voting and elections, voting rights, and talk with their clients about their attitudes about voting, according to City Lab.
And with a tip of the cap, Chase Utley went home to Los Angeles. As Ryan Howard said, “and then there were two.”