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Chinatown pushes back on Sixers arena at raucous meeting

Hundreds packed a town hall last night in Chinatown to voice concerns and ask questions about the plan to build a new Sixers’ arena in Center City.

  • Conducted in Mandarin, English, and Cantonese, it was organized by 20+ community orgs — but notably not the recent coalition of Chinatown business groups formed to vet the arena proposal for the neighborhood.

The atmosphere was firmly anti-arena. Before he left, a rep from 76 Devcorp repeatedly received at Ben Simmons levels of boos, Jordan Levy reports.

Hundreds packed Ocean Harbor Restaurant to ask questions and find out information about the proposal to build a new sports arena in Center City Credit: Jordan Levy / Billy Penn

Cheat sheet: Who’s running for City Council in 2023?

All 17 seats on Philadelphia’s governing body are up for grabs next year, and the field is filling up fast.

  • At least a dozen newcomers have announced they’ll seek an at-large position, and at least four non-incumbents are gearing up to challenge at the district level.

It’s still early, though, and the field could get much bigger — Asha Prihar will keep this handy list updated throughout the process.

Philadelphia City Hall, north facade Credit: Mark Henninger / Imagic Digital

RECAP: What else happened?

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It’s unclear what’s on the mayor’s public schedule today. His office announced this week the departure of Communications Director Kevin Lessard, who’ll be replaced by Sarah Peterson.


? Heads up: BP Quizzo tonight is postponed due to inclement weather! Stay safe on the icy, rainy roads, everyone — and stay tuned for the new date.

? Find clothing, records, crafts, art, and “old punk junk” at the holiday edition of the Punk Rock Flea Market at the 23rd Street Armory. $10 tix are good for entry both days. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 17-18)