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What we know about the Sixers’ $1.3B plan for a new arena

The Sixers are gunning for a new arena in the middle of Center City, with a new development corp chaired by local billionaire David Adelman.

  • The $1.3 billion project, dubbed “76 Place” and set to open by 2031, would take over a block of the Fashion District, demolishing the former Gallery replacing it with a stadium that could also host concerts.

It would be a game-changer for Philly — in a positive or negative way, depending on opinion. The plan will be discussed and debated for years, so start with Asha Prihar’s rundown of who’s behind it and all the details we know.

Philadelphia kids feel safer with Kensington’s summer programs

Kensington’s McPherson Square has transformed into a free youth day camp this summer, with help from the library and the city’s Playstreets program.

  • All programming is free and includes cooking classes, sewing, gardening, lunches, and a fenced-off playground. Parents and kids both say it makes the neighborhood feel safer.

“They should put a fence around the whole park and give us the keys,” one fourth grader told Billy Penn contributor Daisie Cardona.

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MAYOR WATCH

Mayor Kenney is in Germany, but debate continues over his comments earlier this week about never having met with any families of homicide victims in his 7 years in office. His administration later tried to walk back the statement, but Inquirer columnist Helen Ubiñas called it a “glaring disconnect.”

ON THE CALENDAR

🛍️ The Philly Queer Flea heads to Mural City’s new wine garden in Kensington, where attendees can shop for cottagecore-inspired dream catchers, whimsical prints, and plenty of handmade jewelry from local LGBTQ artisans. (1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23)🍢 The Southeast Asian Market in FDR Park hosts the annual Village Festival, with monk blessings from Lao and Khmer Buddhist temples, live music, dance performances, and lots of food. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

🤠  It’s giving Hannah Montana: Head to Fishtown’s Evil Genius Beer Company for Hoedown Throwdown: A Country Drag Brunch Special that promises a mix of Dolly, Carrie, and Kacey. Event is 21+, and tix start at $75. (12 to p.m. Sunday, July 24)

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