An accounting of Philly’s I-95 billboards, where lawyers reign
Philadelphia’s highway billboards, which can rent for around $6k/week, present an ever-changing mix of messages.
But one industry dominates, per a Billy Penn survey conducted this spring. Personal injury law firms take up 20% of billboards along I-95’s central Philly stretch.
That follows a national trend, experts tell reporter Ella Lathan, who found the second most popular topic is food, then shopping, then eds and meds. And don’t forget about gambling! Find her full accounting here.
• Two men who escaped from prison in Northeast Philadelphia over the weekend are still at large. Here’s what we know about who they are, how it happened, and the pervasive problems on the inside. [Billy Penn]
• Ala Stanford, of Black Doctors COVID Consortium fame, has stepped down as a regional director for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. She’ll return to the Philadelphia health equity center she founded. [Tribune$]
• A plan to restore the historic Germantown YWCA is in jeopardy as the developer struggles to meet a looming deadline to get funding. [WHYY’s PlanPhilly]
• The Mütter Museum yanked all the online videos of its medical specimens and oddities as it ponders how to ethically and responsibly present its collection. [WHYY]
Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)
• Medical research has not found any causal link between playing video games and real-life gun violence, per a new analysis out of Stanford, which found gaming might even be part of the solution. [Fortune]
By the numbers in Philadelphia
32: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 27 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
603: Shooting victims this year so far, down 18% vs. this time last year. [PCGVR]
142: Year-to-date homicides, down 15% vs. last year’s pace; up 40% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
🎨 The Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art hosts a free opening party for its 122nd Annual Student Exhibition, showcasing work of third- and fourth-year undergrads. (4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 12)
🚲 The Ride of Silence honors bicyclists killed or injured by motor vehicles. This year’s event is a slow, 8-mile ride around Center City that culminates at the Art Museum steps. Participation is free; RSVP here. (6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17)