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Streeteries are disappearing thanks to stringent regulations

Outdoor dining was a lifeline for restaurants during the pandemic, and patrons cheered when the city announced it would make streeteries permanent.

Out of 800 or so spots with streeteries, only 22 have submitted applications, The Inquirer reports. None have yet been approved.

Former streeteries at Laurel on Passyunk Avenue and Cheu Noodle Bar in Fishtown Credit: Instagram

Where to find a kinara in Philadelphia, and why it’s not easy

One of the rituals of Kwanzaa, which starts Monday, is lighting candles on a kinara — but the candelabra aren’t easy to find in Philadelphia.

  • Philly was one of the earliest cities to embrace the weeklong celebration of African culture and community founded in the mid-1960s.

But recently, “we’ve really been hemorrhaging our cultural shops,” Kwanzaa Cooperative co-chair Maisha Ongoza told Jordan Levy — who found just two city stores with kinaras in stock.

Kwanzaa table at the African American Museum in Philadelphia Credit: Cassie Owens / Billy Penn

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MAYOR WATCH

Mayor Kenney is getting a routine colonoscopy and endoscopy today, per his office. He plans to return to work Dec. 27, after the holiday weekend.

ON THE CALENDAR

?️ Have guests coming or just want to play tourist? Take the special holiday edition of the Official Historic Philadelphia Walking Tour, a 45-min jaunt through Old City that ends with hot chocolate. $15 adults, $7 kids. (Monday-Friday, Dec. 26-30)

? Over the river in South Jersey, Ground For Sculpture hosts a multi-sensory light and sound experience by Klip Collective called “Night Forms: Infinite Wave.” Tickets are $28. (Nightly through Jan. 1)