Affordable housing success story; Best holiday light displays; Chinatown’s new arena committee | morning roundup
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After long search, UC Townhomes resident finds new home
University City Townhomes’ affordable housing subsidy expiration has been pushed back to January—with about a quarter of residents still in limbo.
- Finding a new place has been difficult for the displaced residents, who were given Section 8 vouchers that are often declined by prospective landlords. Meanwhile, the PHA waiting list is years long.
But after 15 months looking, West Philly grandmother Lynn Green finally found a new home. BP intern Emily White tells the story of how she did it.
A guide for fans of electricity and holiday cheer
‘Tis the season to plug in strands of colorful bulbs, illuminate inflatable cartoon characters, and set up projectors with moving images of festive symbols.
- Displays around the region run the gamutfrom coordinated neighborhood setups that run for blocks to ticketed exhibitions by professional artists.
Lizzy McLellan Ravitch has details on nearly two dozen holiday light displays in the Philly area, with options to make merry every night of the month.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- Gov.-elect Shapiro’s transition teams has a lot of lobbyists and donors on it, observers say, including former execs at IBX and Comcast, plus reps from organized labor, including Ryan Boyer of Philly’s Building Trades Council. [Spotlight PA]
- Former PPD officer Eric Ruch, found guilty of manslaughter for killing an unarmed Black civilian, got a sentence of just 11 to 23 months, far below guidelines. The DAO has filed a motion to reconsider. A grand jury originally recommended first-degree murder charges. [NBC10/WHYY]
- Four neighborhood coalitions formed a joint committee to “to ensure Chinatown’s stability” as the Sixers’ push forward with plans to build an arena at the Fashion District. [Inquirer$/BP]
- Pulpery in Old City, which just opened selling hand-made paper products, will transform into a workshop and event space focused on sustainable creating. [Green Philly]
- Attn Swifties: Atlantic City confectioner Bar 32 is holding a Willy Wonka style contest—one of the shop’s holiday bars holds a ticket to Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour stop in Philly. [PhillyVoice]
- Quinta Brunson, riding a wave of popularity for her groundbreaking show “Abbott Elementary” set in a Philadelphia school, was named one of People’s four People of the Year. [BP/People]
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- Philly’s 10 pm youth curfew became permanent yesterday, so Jordan Levy talked with five local high schoolers. The verdict: most of them didn’t know about it, and some doubt it will be an effective antiviolence measure.
It’s unclear what’s on Mayor Kenney’s public schedule today. Earlier this week he signed an order establishing an Office of the Youth Ombudsperson to advocate for young Philadelphians in city government.
ON THE CALENDAR
🦅 Eagles tailgate with Billy Penn + Misconduct Tavern: Join us at the Linc this weekend before the Birds take on the Titans. Answer a sports trivia question, win a prize, with drinks and snacks for all. Free RSVPs here.
🎾🍺 BP Quizzo on the Schuylkill River! Join us at Padelphia, just over City Line Avenue across from Manayunk. We’ll have three rounds of local trivia, drinks, snacks, prizes — and a chance to find out more about the racket sport called Padel. Free RSVPs here. (7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15)
🛍️ South Street West’s first First Friday features more than 15 businesses offering sweet deals, including discounts on confections and cocktails. (5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2)
📜 Check out the treasures of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania at the Young Friends’ open house, where you can get exclusive access to pieces of state history. Tix are $10. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8)