Problems at President’s House memorial | trash talk | Bainbridge water main update | Kerkstra’s geek cred

The President’s House remains afflicted by lingering conservation and interpretation problems, reports the Inquirer. The faulty video displays (and their replacements) and unstable conditions for archaeological remains leave the memorial compromised as the city, designers and National Park Service feud over fixes to the site.

Metropolis follows a day in the life of the trash men on truck No. 40 chronicling their hypnotic trash pickup dance, the dangers and repulsions that come with the job, and what our trash says about us.

The water main at 21st and Bainbridge broke because of “mechanical stress” due to “traffic loads and soil movement.” As Naked Philly reports, that leaves the break as an “unfortunate incident that probably couldn’t have been expected or prevented.” The good news: the pit is shrinking as utility crews have been working hard to finish repairing the damage.

PlanPhilly contributor Patrick Kerkstra has geek street cred. On Friday night Kerkstra was honored with a Philly Geek Award for “Geek Headline of the Year” for his data-driven reporting about the city’s deep tax-delinquency problems for PlanPhilly and the Inquirer. Our man won over two formidable nominees: Derrick Pitts (the Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer and Skytalk host) and Faye Flam (Inquirer columnist). Nice robot, Patrick. Congrats!


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