Ohmahgawddddd today is Super Bowl Parade Day!! Here’s what you need to know:
For updates all day long on transportation and logistics, parade happenings, and the scene around Eagledelphia as the free beer starts flowing, check out, check whyy.org. The PlanPhilly team will be adding to the story online and on the air all day. Bonus: you can count on the intrepid Jake Blumgart for updates from the front lines of barland, South Philly. First stop: Stokes at 16th and Oregon. Meet Tony. The shots started pouring at 7am.
We wanna see what you see!
If you are sadly trapped away from festivities, listen live at whyy.org or on the WHYY app. Heck, if you’re there and sadly trapped between a very tall person and a very far away speaker, just listen along with us.
Now, in other news —
Uber for trash? That’s what startup Recycle Track Systems (RTS), a young trash company, wants to be, according to Technical.ly Philly. In the seemingly impenetrable world of waste among “legacy garbage giants Waste Management and Republic Services,” RTS, which expanded to Philadelphia last year, is hoping to divert more waste to the recycling stream and disrupt the industry with technology. The company’s app allows its commercial clients to call for trash pickup and then track its life cycle, from container to loading dock to recycling facility. RTS also differentiates itself via truck force—in that they have none and instead “contract with local haulers, providing them with tablets that run RTS software.” We should note that co-founders Adam Pasquale and Gregory Lettieri are not entirely new to the game; Pasquale’s family had been in the waste and recycling business for four generations, Lettieri tells Forbes. Lettieri, along with Philadelphia litter czar Nic Esposito and packaging king Mike Pearson, will be speaking on the Sustainable Business Network's Best Practice Forum: "The Business of Zero Waste" on February 15.
Hey, have you been to Upper Darby lately? You may want to take some time to look at the splendor of Art Deco façades and interiors at 69th Street Shopping District, conveniently located at the last stop on the El. Starr Herr-Cardillo, contributing to Hidden City Philadelphia, lays out some stunning buildings along the corridor once known as ‘Little Broadway,’ from the “exuberant, four-story McClatchy Building” to a former Horn & Hardart Baking Co. The district, once “home to big names like Gimbels, J.C. Penney Co., and Lit Brothers,” currently has a mix of businesses including the Tower Theater, H&M (in the McClatchy Building), and superstore H Mart.
The Free Library takes us down memory lane on the Parkway through the life and times of Julian Abele, the head designer behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Land Title Building. Abele was the first black student to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts and is credited with the design of 250 buildings. Not too surprisingly, he “received scant recognition during his lifetime” and did sign any plans with his name until after his boss, renowned Gilded Age architect Horace Trumbauer, died in 1938.
PSA: The Land Bank board meeting, originally scheduled for today, has been rescheduled for February 15 at 3:30pm as their “meeting room cannot accommodate 3 million people.”