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North Broad could get a game-changing business district

After years of organizing by advocates and biz owners, City Council votes today to establish the North Broad Business Improvement District.

  • Similar to the Center City District, the BID would collect a fee from property owners to fund efforts to beautify the corridor, increase safety, and boost visitors.

This is the second attempt at a tax-funded service district on North Broad, after a 2012 effort flopped. Jordan Levy explains how it all would work.

Looking up North Broad Street from the Ridge Avenue intersection Credit: Mark Henninger / Imagic Digital

New at Han Dynasty: Bubble tea cocktails from Hop Sing

Bright, boozy bubble tea cocktails designed by Lê of the infamous Hop Sing Laundromat launched this week at Han Dynasty University City.

  • Made with ingredients from all over Asia — vodka from Japan, boba from Taiwan — the drinks took weeks of testing. The boba cocktail trend was big in the Bay Area recently.

The versions in West Philly are both sweet and powerful, Beatrice Forman reports, perfect for Han Dynasty’s spicy fare.

Han Dynasty’s new boba cocktails cost $10 each and come in two flavors: strawberry and green tea-mint-mango Credit: Beatrice Forman / Billy Penn

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Mayor Kenney has nothing on his public schedule today, but officials in his administration host a ceremony recognizing department leaders who developed the city’s racial equity strategy (2 p.m.). A year ago, Kenney’s office told Billy Penn there was “more work to be done” around the effort.


? Devil’s Den is closing mid-October, so it’s throwing a blow-out farewell bash on 11th and Federal with a DJ and food trucks. (1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2)

?️ A new exhibit called “Vision & Spirit” opens at the African American Museum, with over 100 works by four dozens artists of the last two centuries. (Oct. 1 through Feb. 19)

? The West Philadelphia Orchestra does a pop-up concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway to welcome back the recently restored “Iroquois” sculpture. (6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6)