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RECAP: Looking back on the week that was

• Fetterman and Oz focus on Philly

In one of the nation’s most closely watched Senate races, both candidates set their sights on Philadelphia. A week after his visit to 52nd Street, Democrat Fetterman finally held his first rally in the city that contributed 17% of the state’s votes for Biden, doubling down on support for clemency and reproductive freedom. Republican Oz hosted a panel in East Germantown — which Philly state Rep. Rabb surprised everyone by attending — where he expressed support for reducing the federal prison population, then stopped by Kensington to decry the rampant drug use there. [NPR/Billy Penn/Tribune$/Billy Penn/Inquirer$/KYW]

• Council regroups with new leadership

At its first in-person meeting since before the pandemic, City Council dealt with the four vacancies left when members resigned to run for mayor (replacements for all will be on the Nov. 8 ballot). Councilmember Jones was voted new majority leader, Squilla became majority whip, and Bass is now deputy whip. Council Pres Clarke also appointed several new committee chairs, elevating Thomas, Gilmore Richardson, and Driscoll. [WHYY/Citizen/PHL Council]

• Public restrooms are coming

A dab of West Coast innovation is landing at 15th and Arch at some point next year: Philly officials announced they’ve contracted to bring in the “Portland Loo,” a standalone toilet that’s hailed as “the Swiss army knife” of bathrooms. Public restrooms have long been lacking in Center City, though savvy residents have their favorite hacks. [BP x 2]

• Gritty turns 4, cameos on ‘Abbott Elementary’

Four years ago yesterday, the world met Gritty. The initial response — that the Flyers had goofed by introducing a “nightmare fuel” character — was quickly turned upside down. City Council passed an official resolution welcoming him to town, he was adopted as an antifa figurehead, and Gritty gained international renown. Last week the mascot appeared in the season premiere of “Abbott Elementary,” to the delight of creator Quinta Brunson. [BP x 3/NHL]

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Stickers at Pat's Steaks

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VISION: Looking forward to the week ahead

• Art museum workers to strike again

One week after a daylong strike that saw picket lines outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art — it remained open to visitors — employees are planning another work stoppage to start Monday. Workers are negotiating for their first contract since unionizing in 2020 with AFSCME, and are unsatisfied with management offers on wages, health care, and parental leave. [6ABC/@PMA_Union/WHYY]

• Krasner impeachment hearings in Philly

The Pa. House committee created to impeach DA Krasner is scheduled to host hearings at the Philadelphia Navy Yard this Thursday and Friday. The bipartisan panel is investigating whether the DA’s policies have exacerbated Philly’s gun violence crisis, a claim some say data does not support. Krasner has asked to testify, and his supporters are planning rallies outside. [Billy Penn/Atlantic/Fox29/Capital-Star]

• New biz district for North Broad?

Three years after the idea was first floated, City Council votes this week on whether to create a business improvement district along North Broad Street. BIDs can stimulate commercial activity — it’s worked well for Center City, East Passyunk, and Northern Liberties, among other areas — but do require all commercial property owners to pay a small fee. A similar effort in the Italian Market last decade was soundly defeated. [Temple News/North Broad/BP 2016]

• At least 5 fall festivals Saturday

It’s now officially autumn, and in addition to crisp jackets and cute sweaters, that means fall festivals. Next weekend they land fast and furious in Philadelphia, including the Outward Bound Discovery Fest, South Street Fest, Philly AIDS Thrift Block Party, Girard Avenue Street Fest, and Out & About in MNYK. [Outward Bound/SSHD/Facebook/Fairmount CDC/Manayunk]

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