Turning a corner in Center City (Instagram/@streetphoto215)

High political stakes in Philly’s City Council at-large race

When the results from Tuesday’s election are tallied, there’s a slim chance Philadelphia City Council could be without a Republican member for the first time in modern history. A more potent possibility than a total shutout: the GOP could lose representation among Council’s at-large seats.

Meir Rinde recaps the battle between the Working Families Party and Philly Republicans for the two non-Democrat seats up for grabs. Continue reading…

Philadelphia City Hall. (Mark Henninger/Imagic Digital)

How to see fall foliage using public transit

The Philly area is getting its last glimpse of peak fall colors, and you can check them out even if you don’t have a car. Using crowdsourced suggestions and a bunch of test rides, we put together a guide to leaf peeping on SEPTA using bus, trolley and Regional Rail.

Asha Prihar has tips about what routes have good potential and how to plan your expedition. Continue reading…

View from the Route 101 trolley. SEPTA can get you to some great fall foliage, if you know what route to take. (Asha Prihar/Billy Penn)

🌟 Reminder: Bookmark our procrastinator’s guide to the election — with bios on all the candidates (including judicial) — and take it with you to the polls tomorrow. If you know people who’d be more comfortable reading it in SpanishChinese, or Arabic, please pass along the links.

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Unless there’s a huge upset, Cherelle Parker is poised to become Philadelphia’s first woman mayor. That’s a big enough deal to spur a pre-election profile by the New York Times, which quotes her reminding community members she can’t do it all alone: “I’m not Superwoman.” [NYT unlocked]

• Heads up if you’re depending on SEPTA bus to get somewhere today: Many staffers plan to attend services for bus operator Bernard Gribbin, who was shot and killed on the job, so there may be service disruptions. [6ABC]

• A neglected area in Strawberry Mansion is getting a city-funded $25 million redevelopment effort led by PHA, which plans to build 55 rental units and 30 affordable homes for sale. [Tribune$]

• The Bicentennial Bell gifted to Philadelphia in 1976 by Queen Elizabeth II is getting a new prominent display with the renovation of the Benjamin Rush Garden at 3th and Walnut streets. [WHYY]

• In 1906, a tragic Jersey Shore train crash spurred the first-ever press release and forever changed the way companies communicate with the public. [Billy Penn]

• Seeing the Eagles pull out a close win over Dallas to go 8-1 on the season was just the icing on the cake for this couple who held their wedding at a pregame tailgate that also celebrated Jason Kelce’s birthday. [AP/CBS3]


Nothing public for the city’s about-to-be-formally lame duck mayor today.


🍻 Billy Penn event! BP Quizzo lands in Germantown at Attic Brewing Co. for Philly news and history trivia, with happy hour specials and prizes. Free with RSVP. Join us! (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16)

🥻 The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Center City hosts an opening reception for a new show by internationally acclaimed movement artist Eiko Otake. (6 to 8 pm. Thursday, Nov. 9)

🌳 Sign up now for Love Your Park Fall Weekend, with dozens of cleanup events being organized at green spaces across the city. (Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12)

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