Happy Thursday, here’s what’s shakin:
Before today’s School Reform Commission meeting, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is expected to lead a large outside district headquarters on North Broad. Don’t be fooled by some of the anti-PFT elements who you might see at the protest too: 12 are paid by a marketing firm to be there to support “PFT Fails,” a group backed by Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives, a conservative think tank based in Harrisburg.
Millenials are different than their parents: Millenials are multi-modal, another report confirms. The USPIRG report argues, “The time has come for America to rethink its transportation investments to accommodate and encourage the millennial generation in its desire for less car-intensive lifestyles.” Yep.
Little Berlin’s Fairgrounds in East Kensington must pull up stakes, reports Hidden City Daily. The property, owned by Viking Mill’s owner David Hirsch, is being sold to a housing developer. Hidden City explains the origins of the community collective, how the Buck Hosiery fire and a subsequent crackdown on the Viking Mill building prompted Hirsh to sell the property, and hits that familiar theme of artists and gentrification.
A San Francisco-based real estate company is negotiating to purchase 1818 Market for an estimated $203 million, the Business Journal reports. The 37-story office building is 91% occupied with tenants including Beneficial Bank, Five Below, and our friends at Philly Mag.
Dilworth Park will feature an ice rink for the winter, starting on November 14. The Inquirer notes that the Rothman Institute contributed “north of $100,000” to sponsor the rink for three years. Ice Rink will be open seven days a week through February 22. Coming soon: the lawn and more seating will be open to the public.
Michelle Obama was in Northwest Philly stumping for Tom Wolf yesterday. NewsWorks reports the First Lady and Councilwoman Marian Tasco urged people to vote. “When we stay home,” the First Lady said, “they win.” Mark your calendars and make the time: Election Day is November 4.
So, why hasn’t city election official Anthony Clark hasn’t voted in an election since 2011? The Daily News asked why he has not cast a ballot in so long and Clark said it’s none of our business: “You know, I made a choice and that’s my private choice.”