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Who’s running for Philly mayor? Declarations expected soon

It might seem far away — and there’s a different election happening first — but the 2023 Philadelphia mayoral race is heating up fast.

  • At least one candidate is expected to declare this month, as soon as Council approves the budget. Two others confirmed to Billy Penn they’re “considering” a run. Most already have large campaign war chests.

Who’s on the list? Lizzy McLellan Ravitch details the field of contenders, which includes seven current city officials who’d have to resign to run.

Weigh in on what should happen to the Ben Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia is working on a plan to redesign the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which is unfriendly to pedestrians and lacking in street-level activations.

Now that feedback process is starting. Fill out this survey to have a say in the early stages, or RSVP to an in-person discussion at The Barnes next week.

March On: The Fight for Pride

Podcast by Billy Penn reporter Michaela Winberg
Out now: Ep. 4: “Our Streets”  | Next up: Ep. 5, June 23

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New Superintendent Tony Watlington is ready to lead Philly schools, and Mayor Kenney helps welcome him to the position (9 a.m.). Pre-K is next on Kenney’s list, with a stop in Grays Ferry at a “move-up” ceremony for kids in the city’s free programs (10:15 a.m.).

Then it’s time for soccer — and the mayor’s schedule gives a big hint FIFA will choose Philly as one of 10 U.S. host cities for the FIFA World Cup. Kenney first attends the Love Park screening of the announcement (5 p.m.), then heads back to City Hall for another press conference about it (7 p.m.).


🥪 BP Quizzo is in Chestnut Hill this month! Test your local knowledge and join us at the top of cobblestoned Germantown Avenue as we take over Tavern on the Hill for a night of Philly trivia with happy hour specials and prizes. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21)

🎭 The Philadelphia Thing’s Trade School festival opens this week, and this time around they’re exchanging art and artists with Detroit, the Motor City. Opening night showings include interactive theater and short film screenings, and you get unlimited access to all performances through a $100 festival pass. (Times vary, Thursday to Sunday, June 16-25)

♟️ Grab your bingo boards and head over to the Christ Church Neighborhood House for Drag Queen bingo hosted by popular Philly queens Vinchelle and Ophelia Bawdy. Tickets range from $20 – $30 with drinks included. ( 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 17)

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