Dangerous crossing of the art museum; How to contest property taxes; TikTok animal rescue star | Morning overview
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In front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the busiest pedestrian areas in the city, but it is difficult to cross the 4-6 lanes of traffic there.
- Painted rumble strips to help cars slow down may in fact be a growing hazard, according to sightings, because they are mistaken for crosswalks – both by tourists and strolling locals.
Asked about the situation, city officials told Asha Prihar they don’t expect any immediate changes, but will add more signage to keep people away.
If Jess Thedinga isn’t saving cats or pulling snakes out of people’s homes, she’s probably on your For You page.
- An animal control officer at ACCT PhillyThedinga earned his following 420k TikTok by posting videos of real-life getaways and explaining how wild animal rescues work.
She turned those stories into two children’s books, reports Bibiana Correa, and the second is now available on Kickstarter.
Whether you’re filling out your mail-in ballot or preparing for the May 17 polls, Billy Penn’s Procrastinator’s Guide is your Election Day cheat sheet. (Stay tuned for our Spanish version this weekend.)
Need to return your mail-in ballot? Here is a map of drop boxes around Philly.
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Mayor Kenney appears to be continuing his trip to DC, so there are no public appearances scheduled today. Through her Instagramhe met with HUD leaders yesterday to discuss the need to invest in public housing in Philadelphia.
🏆 Outdoor BP Quizzo evening: Our monthly quiz event on all things Philly is coming to Fishtown Iced Teas. Hosts Danya and Sakeenah are kicking around the new Interstate Drafthouse patio, so start building a squad. Registration is free. (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18).
🧵 It’s Living History Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution, and this year’s theme celebrates the artisans of yesteryear with a selection of family crafts. Admission is $21 for adults, $13 for children. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday May 14-15).
🥨 One festival of vegan, gluten-free and allergen-sensitive food takes over Society Hill’s Old Pine Community Center, which features a stacked array of arepas, chocolates, and vegan jerky. Free entry. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15)