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High turnout in May primary varied widely by neighborhood
Hundreds of thousands more Philadelphians voted in May than in the midterm primary four years ago — 24% vs. 17% of registered voters came out.
- But turnout varied greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood. In one of the lowest-turnout areas, fewer than 1 in 13 voters cast a ballot. In one of the highest, almost half of registered residents voted.
As has been common, areas with lower median income often saw lower turnout. Asha Prihar mapped it by ward, so you can see neighborhood trends.
June Philly trivia quiz: How well do you know this city?
On the summer solstice, Billy Penn welcomed three dozen people to play BP Quizzo live and in person at Tavern on the Hill.
- Teams were vying for a $50 gift card, or a trophy bag for best name — which went to team “Solstice on the Hill.” The overall winners were team “Joe Biden’s Bike Shop,” which got 18 of 24 questions correct.
Now it’s your turn. Without using Google, can you beat their high score?
RECAP: What else happened?
$ = paywalled
- Philly’s Mosaic Development Partners (with the big Navy Yard project) is one of several Black-owned U.S. firms working to change how developers interact with the communities in which they develop. [Mosaic/NYT$]
- Seven years after Scout Ltd. bought the vacant former Bok Technical School in South Philly, stoking gentrification concerns, the building is 98% leased — most of it to small biz owners, entrepreneurs, and artists. [BP 2015/BP 2018/Biz Journal$]
- School’s out for summer, but Philly students still can get free meals at these locations. [WHYY/phila.gov]
- Wawa is heading into Sheetz territory with up to 40 new stores planned for Central Pa., including two this year. More chances to combine their mac ‘n’ cheeses. [CSN/Billy Penn]
- Seven years after Kensington residents started trying to get the city’s attention, a tree that leered perilously near rowhomes was finally taken down. [Kensington Voice]
- Crowds caught the spirit Sunday night at the “Gospel on Independence” choir performance on Independence Mall, part of the Welcome America celebrations. [@July4thPhilly/Welcome America]
- The Philadelphia Union stand at the top of the MLS Eastern Conference after last night’s 2-1 win over New York, a match that saw the rarity of a red card given to a trainer — the Union’s. [Philly Soccer Page/MLS]
ON THE CALENDAR
🍺 BP Quizzo is at Hawthornes! Our monthly trivia night about all things Philadelphia lands outdoors at the Bella Vista beer cafe. Happy hour specials and prizes await. RSVP for free to join us. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21)
🌮 Chef Carlos Aparicio, the Mexico-born chef behind South Philly’s El Chingon, lands at the cafe at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a weekend-long lunch pop-up. (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday, July 1-3)