November 7: SEPTA strike over | Election eve | Save Society Hill?

The SEPTA strike is over but it’s going to take some time for city transit to come back into full service. Expect partial service to resume gradually today, with full service back to normal tomorrow. A tentative five-year contract agreement was announced in the wee hours of the morning, addressing pensions, health care, and wages within SEPTA’s budget. Check NewsWorks for updates on this story, check @SEPTA_Social and System Status for information on delays.

Hillary Clinton will hold her final campaign rally at Independence Mall this evening with Barak and Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Bruce Springsteen, and Jon Bon Jovi. Be prepared for streets around the mall – 4th to 7th, Arch to Chestnut – to be closed today.  

Do you have a plan to vote tomorrow? Know all you need to know? Check the NewsWorks election guide, confirm your polling place, and know your rights.

What do U.S. mayors want from the next president? Among the responses City Lab collected from across the country, investing in infrastructure was a common refrain.

What does it mean to “Save Society Hill” and for whom? Jared Brey traces the urban renewal era forces that essentially invented the Society Hill as we know it now, and what it means to preserve a place created through radical change now stubbornly resistant to change.  “It’s tempting to say the neighborhood is preserved in amber, but there’s nothing natural about the process that has made Society Hill so inert.”

Is it time for City Council’s honorary resolutions to stop? Tricia Nadolny reports Council President Darrell Clarke has encouraged his colleagues to ease up on the honorifics – 175 issued already this year, which cost real time (13 hours so far) and money ($13,800 to date). 

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