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Center City is surging back to life

Foot traffic in Center City is nearing pre-pandemic levels — and it’s not necessarily because of return-to-office mandates.

  • If they can afford it, people just like living downtown. Resident foot traffic is now higher than in 2019, while the percentage of remote workers has doubled. And millennials are driving the growth.

Will they stay? Experts tell Lizzy McLellan Ravitch it largely depends on the city finding an effective way to reduce gun violence and improve schools.

A sign for the Comcast Center at 1701 JFK Blvd. Credit: Nathan Morris / Billy Penn

Tierra Whack is bigging up the Philly comedy scene

Since the release of 2018’s critically acclaimed album “Whack World,” North Philly rapper Tierra Whack has been known for her wit.

  • Now she’s spreading the love. After an open call for participants, Whack put together a comedy night to showcase eight up-and-coming Philadelphia artists — and it sold out in under an hour.

The comics on stage told Jordan Levy it was a rare but welcome opportunity to shine in their hometown.

Tierra Whack hugs TaTa Sherise at the Whack A** Comedy Show at Punch Line Philly Credit: Skylar Watkins / Live Nation

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The story you didn’t read

? Highlighting good BP articles few people clicked on ?

  • WP Gallery in Rittenhouse is hosting a 30th anniversary exhibition featuring “stikman,” the recognizable street art figures that grace roadways and signs throughout Philadelphia and around the globe.


No public events on Mayor Kenney’s schedule. On his social accounts, he posted design plans for the new Cobbs Creek nature playground that broke ground yesterday.


?? BP Quizzo on the Schuylkill River! Join us at Padelphia, just over City Line Avenue across from Manayunk. We’ll have three rounds of local trivia, drinks, snacks, prizes — and a chance to find out more about the racket sport called Padel. Free RSVP here. (7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15)

? Acclaimed chef Ange Branca, formerly of Sate Kampar, hosts a series of tasting dinners featuring Japanese Wagyu beef. $200 per person includes seven courses plus a cocktail. (Wednesday, Dec. 14, and other dates)

? Part dance, part improv, part fabric exhibition, Adam Kerbel’s show called “Motion Sickness” at the Christ Church Neighborhood Theater invites audience participation via movement and music. Tickets are $5. (Friday-Sunday, Dec. 16-18)