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RECAP: Looking back on the week that was

‚ÄĘ Zoning battle delays Philly mail ballots

As City Council returned¬†post-summer,¬†a zoning tug-of-war¬†had a cascading effect. Mayor Kenney issued what was only his 2nd direct veto, saying a bill from former¬†Councilmember Parker¬†to regulate “smoke shops” was too broad. With four vacant seats, Council has 13 sitting members — just one more than the 12 needed to override a veto.¬†So Council President Clarke¬†unexpectedly¬†announced two more special elections, saying the legislative body¬†needed to be fully staffed to do its job. That means the City Commissioners¬†can’t print mail ballots¬†until mid-October. [Billy Penn/WHYY/PHL Council/Inquirer$]

‚ÄĘ City buildings continue to¬†collapse

Nine years ago, after a tragic collapse of a building¬†at 22nd and Market¬†killed six people and injured 14, local officials vowed to¬†address the problem. But as the Dept. of Licenses and Inspections suffers from¬†an inspector shortage,¬†it’s still happening with frightening regularity. Last week’s examples include¬†a falling facade¬†at an apartment building in Logan, and a¬†Fishtown collapse that¬†destroyed Key Pizza, which has vowed to rebuild —¬†there’s a GoFundMe¬†for the out-of-work staff. [BP x 2/Inquirer$/6ABC/CBS3/GoFundMe]

‚ÄĘ Poll workers get a pay raise

Philadelphia¬†needs 8,500 poll workers¬†to staff the Nov. 8 election, and City Commissioners officially¬†voted to boost their pay¬†last week, upping it to around $200 for the day, plus extra for training. Want to sign up? Here’s¬†our guide to how it works. If you need extra motivation,¬†read about four dedicated poll workers¬†and why they love helping their neighbors participate in democracy. [WHYY/CBS3/Billy Penn x 2]

‚ÄĘ Philly musicians throw punk show at Sonic Drive-In

A Philly music collective pulled together about 300 punk rockers for a¬†banging hardcore concert¬†in the parking lot of a Sonic¬†in South Jersey.¬†Organizers didn’t get permission from the owners of the fast food franchise, which is reportedly investigating — but they did have a blast, with many fans calling it one of their favorite shows to date. [Billy Penn]

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VISION: Looking forward to the week ahead

‚ÄĘ A boost in Center City activity

One reason you can expect Center City to be busier this fall: about 8,000 Comcast employees are back to work¬†at the company’s two downtown office towers. It’s a flexible arrangement, but they’re generally¬†expected to be in on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The whole thing started last week and¬†showed immediate effects, including SEPTA ridership up 5% week over week and foot traffic up 24% vs. August. [Technically/Inquirer$]

‚ÄĘ Black Cannabis Week conference

DACO,¬†a group¬†trying to destigmatize cannabis¬†use among African Americans — which has been stoked by the¬†over-incarceration of Black people¬†for possession —¬†hosts its fifth annual conference in Philadelphia this week. It starts with¬†three days of virtual sessions¬†you can attend from anywhere. [DACO/Billy Penn/Eventbrite]

‚ÄĘ Haunted house returns to¬†Eastern State

After briefly¬†flirting with ending¬†its popular “Terror Behind the Walls” installation,¬†Eastern State Penitentiary¬†brought it back as “Halloween Nights.” This year’s edition kicks off on Friday.¬†Tickets start at $34; the fun fright nights benefit educational programs at the Fairmount Avenue museum. [BP x 2/Eastern State]

‚ÄĘ How to tailgate like you mean it

The Eagles take on the Vikings on Monday Night Football¬†in Philadelphia’s home opener, which ushers in a new season of tailgating at the Linc. What does it take to do it right? We talked to diehard ‘gaters to get¬†tips on how to have the best parking lot experience¬†— you don’t have to bring pizza ovens to the stadium, but you might see people who do. [PhillyVoice/Billy Penn]

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