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Sixers arena update: Developers convene first public meeting

Last night, 76 DevCo hosted its first official public meeting on the Center City Sixers arena. Instead of a big confrontation, anti-arena activists met separately to strategize on real-world tactics to slow the proposed development, which is expected to be a major issue during the start of Cherelle Parker’s term.

The meeting came on the heels of the team’s announcement of a collaboration with Parkway Corporation, a major player in the parking industry, Jordan Levy reports. The partnership promises to utilize still-developing technology online that will minimize neighborhood parking concerns. Continue reading…

The Parkade on 8th parking garage in Center City. (Mark Henninger/Imagic Digital)

Guide to the many, many holiday markets in Philly this year

’Tis the season when many are gearing up to brave Black Friday crowds or snag Cyber Monday deals in an attempt to secure the perfect holiday gifts. ’Tis also the season for Philadelphia’s many holiday markets, several of which offer the opportunity to support local creators while you fill out your list.

Asha Prihar found nearly three dozen (!) seasonal shopping pop-ups around the city over the next six weeks, and compiled them into an easy-reading guide. Continue reading…

Christmas Village in Love Park. (Danya Henninger/Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Spending on Pa.’s Supreme Court race broke records, with national groups contributing much of the $22 million dedicated to the race that saw Dan McCaffery defeat Carolyn Carluccio. [Spotlight PA] 

• The Philadelphia Marathon takes over this weekend, with three days of races for everyone from experts to beginners. Heads up: that means lots of road closures. [6ABC]

• New documentary-slash-action movie “Cypher” tracks Tierra Whack’s rise from North Philly street performer to full-on rap star. It starts streaming on Hulu a week from today. [Tribeca Film/PhillyVoice]

• Port Richmond natural wine bar Lunar Inn and on-site Tiny’s Bottle Shop are shutting their doors after nearly five years, with a farewell party planned on New Year’s Eve. [Philly Grub/Instagram]

• Will the Phillies make a huge splash this off-season with Mike Trout, Juan Soto, or Shohei Ohtani? Big changes are unlikely, but Dave Dombrowski still has some tinkering to do. [Billy Penn]

Dear readers, an interlude. I’m Danya Henninger, and for nearly six years I have been editor of Billy Penn. Now the time has come for me to move on. 

This farewell comes with good news: BP will continue strong at WHYY. 

We have a stellar team, and the brand will be under smart and solid stewardship going forward. Plus, it will have you! As our readers, you are the life of this publication. You are the reason for everything we do, and you give us inspiration to keep pressing forward. And a special shout out to our members, without whose support we could not make this work, and our donors, who give transformational gifts to keep us pressing forward. Thank you.

My gratitude to all of you for being the kind of people who care about Philadelphia, and want to keep moving it onward. My last day is Dec. 1, and after that I’ll join you as a loyal Billy Penn reader and supporter. Cheers and good wishes.


Mayor Kenney joins city officials and the Philadelphia youth poet laureate in celebrating 100+ community leaders and organizations at the second annual Philadelphia Welcoming Awards (5 p.m.) . The event will be livestreamed.


❄️ Winter in Franklin Square is back for another season of holiday light shows and carousel rides, plus new street curling games. Free. (5 to 9 p.m. daily through Feb. 25) 

🎶 Listen to previews of musical theater projects in-progress from seven Philadelphia-based writing teams at MusiCoLab’s New Works Showcase at the Drake Proscenium Theater. $15 tickets for show and reception. (7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20) 

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