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We’re bringing you an early look at redistricting based on what people are saying they expect.

And, Anthony R. Wood tells you all about a flood far worse than Ida that essentially wiped out a Chester development. We’re also discussing how the Eagles pulled off that win.

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City Council redistricting is often contentious in Philly. This year looks different.

Redistricting rarely goes smoothly for Philadelphia City Council.

The once-a-decade process of redrawing district lines based on new census data has produced pitched political battles in the past — in 2001, one lawmaker threatened to throw another out a window. It’s also produced gerrymandered maps. Previous versions of two North Philadelphia-based seats, for instance, were widely seen as the most bizarre and unfair local government districts in the country.

But this year, lawmakers and City Hall observers are predicting a smoother process, with minimal changes expected to the Council districts that were used in the 2015 and 2019 elections.

Reporters Sean Collins Walsh and Jonathan Lai can walk you through the early word on the maps and other key factors.

A flood deadlier than Ida’s devastated downtown Chester in 1971. The scars remain.

“On this night 50 years ago, the stream turned killer,” reporter Anthony R. Wood begins in his story about a record-shattering flood that hammered Eyre Park in Chester.

A 16-foot tidal wave that dwarfed Ida’s flooding in the Philadelphia region — hammered Chester Creek, claiming the lives of 10 people, and effectively erased Eyre Park, displacing 216 households. The aftermath was its own disaster.

Keep reading for the whole story on the scars the 1971 flood left. It’s a case study of how a disaster can affect a neighborhood.

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🦅 59 yards is all the Eagles allowed the Atlanta Falcons last weekend. Look no further than the Eagles’ smothering defense.

🏞️ When it comes to enjoying the Schuylkill River Trail in Ida’s aftermath, here’s what is open and closed, and the alternate routes you can take.

🏒 The Flyers are asking fans to help them pick the team’s new goal song.


“This is the year Social Security starts paying out more than it brings in,” writes Joseph N. DiStefano, and that’s costly. He has some ideas about how that can be fixed.

  • The school year is already off to a bumpy ride, and it’s family input that schools need, argues Cierra Freeman, founder of the Philadelphia Parents Coalition.

  • While you’re here, have an opinion of your own? Read up on how to submit your point of view to the opinion editors.

What we're reading

  • Seasoned SNL pro Maya Rudolph becomes the second Black woman to win back-to-back Emmys in the same category, Variety reports.

  • These are nine soothing apps to put your mind at ease for a chance to have a better night’s sleep, per Mashable.

  • And, PBS will have a webinar about athlete and activist Muhammad Ali.

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