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What should replace Wawa in Center City? How about…Sheetz

After Wawa closed two Market Street locations last month, we asked what Philadelphians thought should take over still-vacant, high-traffic locations.

  • The 150+ responses were varied, ranging from community centers to public bathrooms and fast food joints to coffee shops. The most popular business suggested? The convenience brand’s cross-state rival.

“Sheetz!” wrote a 38-year-old South Philly resident. “Wawa has made it clear it wants no part of Philly anymore.” Here’s a recap of what else people said.

Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

How to Philly: Where to donate the things you no longer need

It’s the season of giving…and the season of closet cleaning. How do you know which Philly org is right for your gently-loved goods?

  • Every place has different preferences, but Philly is chock fill of secondhand homes, from thrift stores raising money for a cause to nonprofits that give items directly to people in need.

Lizzy McLellan Ravitch rounded up 19 places seeking donations right now — and organized them in a handy chart so you can plan your winter giving well.

Philly AIDS Thrift in Queen Village Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

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The story you didn’t read

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Calder Gardens will be the newest museum to join the Ben Franklin Parkway, and Mayor Kenney attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the subterranean mobile showcase (10:30 a.m.). Kenney then slides over to East Market for a press conference announcing details on all the holiday goings on, from Christmas Village to the City Hall light show (11 a.m.). Afternoon brings the mayor to a Streets Department facility to mark America Recycles Day (1:30 p.m.).


? Manayunk kicks off the holiday season with a tree lighting at Canal View Park, featuring pre-show giveaways and a photo booth. (5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17)

? What happens when you mix trivia and comedy? At Queen Village hideaway Ulana’s, “A Quizzo Experience” offers the answer. Tix are $5, with snacks and cash bar. (8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17)