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RECAP: Looking back on the week that was

• Stock slips at Comcast, Philly’s biggest taxable company

Comcast stock slipped after it failed to add new broadband customers for the first quarter ever. Why might non-shareholders care? The telecom giant has one of Philly’s biggest workforces — its recent request that 8k workers to return to the office three days a week could boost downtown retail — and it’s the only one of the city’s 10 largest employers that’s taxable instead of public or nonprofit. [Verge/PhillyVoice/Biz Journal$/CCD]

• City rec centers invite entrepreneurs inside

Local creatives, artists, small business owners, and entrepreneurs looking for space to set up operations can apply to a new city program that repurposes unused rooms at rec centers. Called “Making Space: Reimagining Recreation,” the initiative also comes with a grant to outfit the spot — in return for mentorship and education for Philly kids and teens. [Making Space/Billy Penn]

• Sixers arena expands target area

The proposed footprint for 76 Place at Market East — the working title for the Sixers desired Center City arena — has doubled in size, stretching back to Filbert Street to include the current Greyhound Bus Terminal. Who’s leading this push? Here’s a primer on 76 Devcorp Chair David Adelman, the Philly billionaire who started his real estate empire as a teen. [Billy Penn/Inquirer$/Billy Penn]

• PLCB workers got dibs on high-end bourbon

Pennsylvania is one of 17 states with direct control over liquor sales (and one of just seven that outright owns liquor stores), and it sometimes holds lotteries for limited-releases — like Pappy Van Winkle and other bourbon. Turns out Liquor Control Board employees got insider opportunities to buy those bottles in 2019 and 2020, per a State Ethics Commission. The PLCB says internal policies have already been changed to stop that from happening. [Thrillist/Lehigh Valley Live/PennLive$/Pa. Gov]

The short-lived Center City Diner left behind a cool canopy

The short-lived Center City Diner left behind a cool canopy

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VISION: Looking forward to the week ahead

• Act 77 battles continue with county commissioners

After the Pa. Supreme Court upheld the no-excuse mail voting in Act 77 — originally passed by Harrisburg’s Republican majority, then challenged in court by Trump supporters — a statewide association of county election officials is preparing to pass a resolution calling for it to be overturned. Democrats in the CCAP are gearing up to fight the effort. [NPR/Spotlight PA/Daily Item]

• Breaking up UC Townhomes encampment?

Another week, another threat by city officials that they’re about to break up the protest encampment outside University City Townhomes. A new ruling paved the way for the Sheriff’s Office to move forward as soon as Monday. In this video by a student journalist, residents describe why the fight means so much to them. [WHYY/Billy Penn]

• Connecting Philly’s rivers with a Spring Garden trail

A new $1 million grant from the state means plans to create a 2.1-mile “greenway” along Spring Garden Street are finally moving forward. The project to build a pedestrian and cycling route to connect the Delaware River and Schuylkill River trails has been in the works for nearly a decade. Other funding from the William Penn Foundation, PennDOT, and the city is already in place. [CBS4/WHYY’s PlanPhilly/Circuit Trails]

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