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Protest encampment in University City; Millions for home repair; Mini golf bars are trending | Morning roundup

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Housing activists set up protest encampment in West Philly

Affordable housing activists set up a new protest encampment in West Philadelphia, with at least 15 tents so far at the University City Townhomes

  • After canceling its federally subsidized housing contract, the UC Townhomes owner is selling the complex (est. price: $100 million), which was itself built 40 years ago to combat displacement by Penn and Drexel.

With 68 families about to be displaced, activists plan to keep the encampment up as long as necessary, reports BP intern Emily White.

Putting with booze: Mini golf bars take off in Philadelphia

Get ready to elevate your fond childhood memories of miniature golf, because boozy mini golf is here and the trend has landed in Philadelphia.

  • Libertee Grounds was first to market, opening last year with a bar and restaurant on Girard Avenue that’s decked out with a 9-hole course and 32 taps of local craft beer.

Now two national chains have announced much bigger venues for the city, Mike Greger reports for Billy Penn — one in Kensington and one at Liberty Place.

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Nothing in public for Mayor Kenney today. Before the weekend he noted the coming of Eid al-Adha and offered blessings to all commemorating the Islamic holiday.


🍺 BP Quizzo is at Hawthornes this month! Our pub trivia night about all things Philadelphia lands 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)

💵 Partner event: City & State’s Diversity Summit invites small biz owners to connect with key agencies, reps, and contractors to get in on the lucrative government procurement process. RSVP here to attend. (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 14)

🎹 The Philly POPS brings a Christmas in July concert to the Comcast Center plaza, where a youth giveaway of 150 bikes will accompany the free show. (10 a.m. Friday, July 15)

📯 Popular brass-heavy band Snacktime hosts a release party for their first-ever album, “Sounds From The Street: LIVE!” The Brooklyn Bowl party is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. (8 p.m. Friday, July 15)

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