Attention, election night revelers!
(Or campaign donors who have contributed to multiple mayoral candidates and don't know whose party to attend!)
Tomorrow's mayoral primary may be a real squeaker - but fear not.
If you are in Center City, you may be able to hop quickly to whichever victory party you need to attend.
Tom Knox has booked the Loews Philadelphia Hotel (12th and Market Streets).
Dwight Evans will be hanging out at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown (also at 12th and Market - across the street from the Loews).
If you want to find Michael Nutter, head to the place where Ed Rendell celebrated his mayoral and gubernatorial victories, the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel (at 17th and Walnut Streets).
Chaka Fattah and his fans will be gathering where John Street cheered over his two mayoral wins, at the Sheraton Philadelphia at 17th and Race. This is the old Wyndham hotel, of course.
Bring sneakers, though, or hail a cab to visit Bob Brady, who will be partying, no doubt, at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall (1301 Columbus Blvd.).
Only question now: Just who will be holding up that "V" for victory?"
Political attitudes might change, but not as fast as the window signs at this Chinese restaurant.
Joy Tsin Lau, at 1026 Race St., has kept rotating signs of candidates on its front door during the campaign season.
First up was Bob Brady. But his sign came down, and one for Chaka Fattah went up. Next up was Tom Knox, who was followed by Brady.
Finally, there were multiple candidates: Brady, Knox, Andy Toy (Democratic candidate for a City Council at-large seat), and David Oh (Republican at-large Council candidate).
"They are all very important and all are my friends," said Joy Tsin Lau's owner, Zi Chen, a popular celebrity at Chinatown social events.
Famous for its Chinese traditional decoration style, Joy Tsin Lau has also been a popular restaurant for fund-raising parties during this election season. A wall in her restaurant features photographs of politicians, including President Bush, who have displayed their campaign signs on her property.
- Lou Yi
Call it a smart campaign
No matter how the primary turns out, it will be a good week for at-large City Council candidate Matt Ruben.
Why? Ruben, 38, will receive his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania at a graduation ceremony today. He finished his dissertation a few weeks back, snatching an hour here and there in between campaign stops to make the final edits.
"Campaigning changed my dissertation from something that was a major challenge to a pleasant diversion," Ruben said.
Given the last-minute campaign rush, Ruben considered skipping the ceremony. He thought better of it when he figured it was a good way to "make a statement" about education, which has played a major role in his campaign.
His doctorate will be in English and urban studies. And the dissertation?
"It's about how mainstream liberal thought has changed since the beginning of the '70s, and how that's reflected in pop culture and urban redevelopment," Ruben said.
He could fit right in on Council, where they talk about that sort of stuff all the time.
While earning his Ph.D., Ruben made a name for himself politically by becoming a leader in the movement to stop construction of the Foxwoods and SugarHouse casinos. He is also president of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association.
- Patrick Kerkstra