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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.
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.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- Pa. House Republicans are using the last week in session to move forward the effort to impeach Philly DA Krasner. The Judiciary Committee meets today to vote on the resolution. [Inquirer$/Billy Penn/@StephenJ_Caruso]
- Though Philly saw its second-best midterms turnout for the November election, the city didn’t keep pace with the rest of Pa., contributing just 8.9% of total votes in the commonwealth, a 12-year low. [Billy Penn/Sixty-Six Wards]
- Grocery magnate Jeff Brown is reportedly planning to announce his run for mayor this week, becoming the fifth Democrat in the race and the first who’s never held elected office. Stay tuned for our bio. [Inquirer$]
- That slice of Northern Liberties along Spring Garden (not SoNo, sorry) is filling in with housing. The project across from Yards Brewery recently broke ground, and so did another at 2nd Street. [Yimby/Biz Journal$]
- 16-time Jeopardy champ Ryan Long and son Nathan will have their own float in Philly’s Thanksgiving Parade this year — and Nathan is *really* excited about it. [BP/PhillyVoice/6ABC]
- Before a badly-reffed Monday Night Football game ruined the Eagles’ perfect season with a loss to the Commanders, Jalen Hurts met up with Mike Vick and Donovan McNabb to discuss Philadelphia’s legacy of Black quarterbacks. [Yahoo/ESPN]
The story you didn’t read
🌟 Highlighting good BP articles few people clicked on 🌟
- Thousands of naturalized citizens just voted in their first midterm election in Philly, but doing so can be challenging as they untangle new election procedures from past suppression. The story is also available en español.
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.).
ON THE CALENDAR
🎄 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)