Little bits of love on Penn's campus (Instagram by @westofbroad)

Parker makes history, WFP takes two Council seats

Cherelle Parker has been elected Philadelphia’s 100th mayor, winning decisively 75% to 25% over David Oh. The Northwest Philly native will be the first woman and first Black woman to ever serve in the role.

In the City Council races, all five Democrats won as expected — Rue Landau will become the first openly LGBTQ member, and Nina Ahmad will be the first South Asian member — and the Working Families Party pulled off a coup. WFP candidates Kendra Brooks and Nicolas O’Rourke both edged out Republicans, leaving Council at-large without a GOP member for the first time in modern history. Continue reading…

Councilmember Kendra Brooks and councilmember-elect Nicolas O’Rourke at Roar Nightclub in Northern Liberties, Nov. 7, 2023. (Jordan Levy/Billy Penn)

10 notable places in Philly’s 7th ward, cradle of civil rights

Located along the southern edge of modern Center City, Philadelphia’s 7th Ward played a pivotal role in the U.S. civil rights movement. It was the area studied by W.E.B. Du Bois for his 1899 book debunking the idea that Black Americans were somehow prone to social ills, and was home to many prominent figures and institutions.

BP intern Rachel Williams mapped 10 notable places in the former neighborhood, from the house where activist Octavius Catto lived to the nightclub where John Coltrane recorded two live albums. Continue reading…

Meta V.W. Fuller was a prominent Black woman sculptor, who lived in Philly while she pursued her artistic education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. (Rachel Williams/Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Democrats will maintain a solid majority on the Pa. Supreme Court after Daniel McCaffery beat Carolyn Carluccio 53% to 47%. The $17 million race was framed as a referendum on abortion rights and election integrity. [Spotlight PA/NBC10] 

• Voter turnout in Philly was just under 29% — predictably low, but strong for an odd-number year election. The unofficial count has 294k ballots cast, a smidge more than four years ago (292k) and much higher than in 2015, when Kenney was first elected (239k). [Phila Gov/Sixty-Six Wards]

• Mayor-elect Parker has suggested calling the National Guard to Kensington to help deal with the opioid crisis, but Gov. Shapiro would have to give the go ahead — and he may not yet be on board. “That’s not something I’m contemplating at this time,” he told the Inquirer on Election Day. [Inquirer$]

• A big change from previous election nights for former labor leader John Dougherty, who once helped propel allies to office: he was spotted walking alone from the federal courthouse, where he’s on trial for embezzlement. [BP 2019/@BradfordPearson/Billy Penn]

• Is the University City Wawa without any shelves a sign of our “dystopian future”? This opinion piece argues the case — complete with a link to the BP explanation of the term “down the shore.” [Slate/BP 2022]

• Following the return of the throwback uniforms this season, the Eagles have filed a trademark application for “kelly green” — not the color, but the term as it relates to pro football. [Billy Penn/@JoshGerben]


Mayor Kenney hosts “Philly Holiday Experience” outside City Hall to introduce this year’s free winter programming throughout the city (3 p.m.). Evening brings Kenney to the FOP Lodge 5 police union’s annual awards dinner in Northeast Philly (6:30 p.m.)


🍻 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)

💻 Equitable tech coalition 1Philadelphia hosts its second annual Innovation Weekend, with events across the city. Single tix start at $10, or get an all-access pass for $159. (Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11)

🎨 CraftNOW Create takes over Smith Playground for a day with “Philly’s biggest free art class” for kids. Expect demos in textiles, woodcraft, muraling, ceramics, and more. (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

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