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Crowded mayor’s race: Jeff Brown and Allan Domb go official

Democratic candidates No. 4 and 5 officially join Philly’s mayoral race this week. Allan Domb made his announcement Tuesday, and today it’s Jeff Brown.

  • A fourth generation grocer, of ShopRite and FroGro fame, Brown uses his dozen stores as incubators for entrepreneurs of color and to employ formerly incarcerated people.

And he hates the soda tax, Beatrice Forman reports. “I’m not shy about the fact that I think we need a different mayor,” Brown said back in 2019.

Mayoral candidate Jeff Brown (right) with Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro Credit: Twitter / @JeffBrownGrocer

Burger Brawl turns into Burger Crawl: What’s Philly best?

After being postponed 2x because of the World Series, the 10th annual Burger Brawl is now a monthlong crawl.

  • 50 restaurants around the city will feature special patties throughout January. Ticketholders will vote, and the top 10 will face off at Xfinity Live. Proceeds from the event go to schools and rec centers.

To prep for the fest, we asked participating chefs, “What would make a distinctly Philly burger?” Here’s what we found.

A burger at Village Whiskey, long considered one of Philly’s top choices Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

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The story you didn’t read

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Hank Gathers Rec Center

Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 45: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 54 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 2,097: Shooting victims this year, 2% ahead of last year’s pace. [PCGVR]
  • 459: Year-to-date homicides, 5% down from last year’s pace; up 63% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]


In 2018, the city partnered with the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative on a task force to examine how to encourage and leverage sports-based youth development, and Mayor Kenney joins PYSC and Parks & Rec Commissioner Ott Lovell at the Pyramid Club to review progress (6 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)

? Philly brass band Snacktime headlines South Street’s famed Theater of Living Arts for the first time, joined by two opening acts. Tickets start at $25. (8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18)