Ben Franklin Parkway Redesign Survey; Who will be the next mayor of Philadelphia?; Stephen Starr in the stadium | morning summary

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It may seem like a long way off, and there’s a different election first, but Philadelphia’s 2023 mayoral race is heating up fast.

  • At least one candidate is expected to declare this month, as soon as the Council approves the budget. Two others confirmed to Billy Penn that they are “considering” a career. Most already have large campaign war chests.

Who is on the list? Lizzy McLellan Ravitch details the field of contenders, which includes seven current city officials who would have to resign to run.

Philadelphia is working on a plan to redesign the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which is unfriendly to pedestrians and lacks street-level activations.

Now that feedback process is starting. Take this survey to weigh in early, or RSVP for an in-person discussion at The Barnes next week.

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  • A new bill in the Pennsylvania Senate could ban discussions of gender identity and sexual orientation in elementary schools. Republican lawmakers say it’s not exactly like Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill because it has more exemptions to keep students safe. [PhillyVoice/6ABC]
  • Are you looking to own a new townhouse in Philadelphia? According to a new report from Redfin, you’ll need to earn 17.1% more than last year to secure a mortgage, but wages aren’t rising anywhere near the same rate. [Redfin/Axios]
  • Hoode is a nationally known Fishtown tattoo artist who specializes in “blackouts”, they are reminiscent of ancient traditions, and some criticize as appropriation. [@JasonNark/Inquirer$]
  • Mervant Vera, the captivating rap magician who wowed crowds on “America’s Got Talent,” is from Philadelphia. [@wooder_ice/ET]
  • The new Steven Starr-Aramark partnership is bringing refreshed food concepts to the Wells Fargo Center, seemingly featuring life-size holograms of local sports icons. [What Now/Philly Mag$]
  • 6,200 submissions, three winners: Herr’s released its “Flavored By Philly” limited-edition chips: “Wiz Wit,” “Long Hots & Sharp Provolone,” and “215 Special Sauce” β€” salt, pepper, ketchup, hot sauce. [6ABC]

New Superintendent Tony Watlington is set to lead Philadelphia’s schools and is welcomed to the position by Mayor Kenney (9 am). Pre-K is next on Kenney’s list, with a stop at Grays Ferry for a “promotion” ceremony for kids in the city’s free programs (10:15 am).

Then it’s soccer time, and the mayor’s schedule gives a big hint that FIFA will choose Philadelphia as one of the 10 US host cities for the FIFA World Cup. Kenney first attends a screening of the ad in Love Park (5 pm), then returns to City Hall for another press conference about it (7 pm).

πŸ₯ͺ BP Quizzo is in Chestnut Hill this month! Put your local knowledge to the test and join us at the top of cobblestone Germantown Avenue as we hit Tavern on the Hill for a night of Philly trivia with happy hour specials and prizes. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21)

🎭 The Philadelphia Thing’s Trade School festival opens this week, and this time they’re trading art and artists with Detroit, the Motor City. Opening night performances include interactive theater screenings and short films, and you get unlimited access to all performances via a $100 festival pass. (Hours vary, Thursday through Sunday, June 16-25)

β™ŸοΈ Grab your bingo boards and head over to Christ Church Neighborhood House for Drag Queen Bingo hosted by popular Philadelphia queens Vinchelle and Ophelia Bawdy. Tickets range from $20 to $30 with drinks included. (8 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 17)

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