Philadelphia’s hookah bar crackdown

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Ali Baba Hookah Lounge on Castor Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Ali Baba Hookah Lounge on Castor Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

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A Philadelphia City Councilman has introduced a controversial bill that would make it harder to open hookah bars outside Center City. Jake Blumgart with WHYY’s PlanPhilly explains why that has some residents and hookah bar owners up in arms — and why we can expect more fights like this as the city grows and changes.

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