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“Newbold” or Just “South Philly”? How Race Shapes Our Definition of Neighborhoods

Back in 2013, this magazine named the community southwest of Center City the “hottest neighborhood” in Philly. We called it Graduate Hospital—rather than Southcentral or South […]

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Philly Bracing for Hurricane-Fueled Power Outages

In Mayor Nutter’s final budget address yesterday, he took the opportunity to thank city agencies for working through some of the worst inclement weather in […]

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Is Philadelphia Ready for a Plastic Bag Tax?

At Tuesday’s green-themed mayoral forum, one of the few issues dividing the six candidates was a prospective tax on plastic bags in our city. Although […]

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SEPTA Key: Will Students Ride For “Free”?

SEPTA Key—the transit agency’s next-gen fare payment system—is still in its pilot stage, two years after the transition away from tokens and cash was supposed to […]

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Is This Windwheel the Future of Urban Energy?

Note to the next Mayor: outsource all green initiatives to the Dutch. Why? They’re constantly creating green-tech solutions with urban application that will floor you, […]

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How and Why States Bigfoot Their Cities

Harrisburg is Philadelphia’s do-nothing overlord that’s constantly foiling our fun, kind of like Bill Lumbergh from Office Space. Take UberX, for example. Mayor Nutter’s on board. City Council […]

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Cities Are Powering the U.S. Jobs Recovery

The Great Recession may have wiped out millions of jobs, but employment is bouncing back and urban areas are leading the way, according to a […]

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What Cities Are Doing—or Not—to Promote Equal Pay

Perhaps the most blogged-about moment of the Oscar’s happened after Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting Actress category for Boyhood. She took the stage in […]

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Philadelphia Sprawl Is Worse Than You Think

​Last week, Citified settled the debate over gentrification once and for all (just kidding​). So now we’re on to the next most-loaded, maligned buzzword in urban […]

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Insane Surge in Philadelphia Gentrification

[Update: Corrected to show that San Diego’s gentrification rate slightly outpaces Philadelphia’s.] If you listen to enough old codgers complain about the rise of gentrification […]

Articles

Bruce Robinson: Neumann-Goretti’s Turnaround Artist

Inside a near-empty auditorium at Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School in South Philly, roughly 100 adults are sitting in a sea of […]

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My Biracial Life: A Memoir

It’s 1:30 a.m. on a Saturday night at the barren 24-hour Melrose Diner in South Philly. I’m there alone. The hostess is hawkeyed at the […]

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N.A. Poe’s Splendor in the Grass

Last December, Nikki Allen Poe was sentenced to one year of federal probation—no drugs, strict drug-testing and no walking within 100 feet of the Liberty […]

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Can I Bring Ganja to a Dinner Party?

As the laws restricting marijuana have begun to change, there’s a new pot etiquette to consider. How do you navigate parenting within a legalized state? […]

News

WATCH: Dirt Bike, ATV Riders Mourn Deceased Kyrell “Dirt Bike Rell” Tyler

As the funeral service concluded for Kyrell Tyler, the 23-year-old dirt biker who was shot and killed in Southwest Philadelphia on October 14th, a lot […]