The race for mayor is heating up; Philly welcomes bus travelers; Can AI Help Stop SEPTA Shootings? | Tour on Sunday

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RECAP: Looking back on the past week

β€’ The Mayor’s Race comes into action

When one election is over, the next rises. Alongside real estate mogul and former council member Allan Domb and food magnate Jeff Brown, who officially declared themselves mayor of Philly, two new names emerged last week: progressive leader and council member Helen Gym, who delivered a swan song during her likely final meeting, and Rep. Amen Brown, a Philadelphia Democrat whose recent campaign was funded by Pa’s richest man, pro-charter school billionaire Jeff Yass. [BP x 2/Inquirer$ x 2/BP 2021]

β€’ Philadelphia welcomes bus travelers

The Texas governor’s ongoing political stunt landed in Philadelphia last week when an uncoordinated consignment of 2 to 3 dozen asylum seekers arrived at the 30th Street station β€” and were greeted by a coordinated selection of city and nonprofit organizations. Here are some ways you can help. About 3 in 20 Philly residents are foreign-born, and immigrants have been key to the city’s population growth. [Billy Penn/WHYY/Citizen/Census/WHYY]

β€’ Pa. Pols connect with Taylor Swift

Though her influence and popularity are now compared to the Beatles, Taylor Swift has never forgotten her Pennsylvania roots β€” and vice versa. She was born in the same hospital as Senator-elect John Fetterman (he declined to provide his favorite T-Swift song, but his campaign often referenced her work on social media), and now the governor-elect is investigating Josh Shapiro the Ticketmaster snafu that left many fans frustrated and angry. [Billy Penn/Teen Vogue/Billy Penn]

β€’ Marathon brings 30,000 runners to the city

The weekend leading up to Thanksgiving in Philadelphia means streets are closed to traffic and neighbors take to the sidewalks to bring fan energy to people who have decided to walk a ridiculous number of steps for fun. Lizzy McLellan Ravitch is one of them, and she’s running down five of the most Filipino things the 30,000 runners from all 50 states will hear and see at the Philadelphia Marathon. [Phila Gov/Billy Penn]

The Ferris wheel in the Christmas village
Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

VISION: We look forward to the coming week

β€’ Can AI help stop subway shootings?

To combat the recent pattern of gun violence on subway platforms, SEPTA will test technology that aims to alert law enforcement within 3-5 seconds after firearms are brandished. The artificial intelligence, called ZeroEyes, was developed in Montco, and the company says it doesn’t store any identifying information. It will soon be installed as a test in 300 of the 30,000 existing surveillance cameras of the transport company. [ZeroEyes/Axios/Inquirer$/CBS3]

β€’ Help Philly establish budget priorities

Mayor Kenney’s final city budget won’t be formalized until spring, but the administration is beginning to gather feedback from residents early on. It issued a call for participation in virtual focus groups to be held in five languages ​​over the next month. If selected, you will receive $40 in compensation for your time. Here’s our look at how the city budget has changed during Kenney’s tenure. [Phila Gov/Billy Penn]

β€’ Christmas lights, music, parties and parades

It’s that time of the year! Philadelphia is about to explode with holiday season celebrations. Some highlights: the City Hall light show; the Morris Arboretum railway exhibit; the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade; the Visit Philly Holiday Parade; Macy’s Dickens Village; and Christmas Village in Love Park. We’ll have more details on this and some other great options in the coming week. [All links to event organizers]

β€’ El Chingon opens in South Philly

After decades of working in some of Philly’s most prestigious kitchens, Chef Carlos Aparicio brings dishes from his home state of Puebla to his first solo restaurant. El Chingon β€” meaning “someone or something cool” β€” opens Tuesday just off East Passyunk Avenue. Expect dishes like rabbit tinga, smoked seafood aguachile, ayocote bean stew, giant adobo pork chops and platters of slow-cooked beef. [PhillyVoice/@jcarlosaparicio/El Chingon]

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