The Case for Philly Statehood

Illustration by GlueKit

Illustration by Gluekit

Back in July, as the world was reeling from the U.K.’s Brexit vote, Harper Polling asked Pennsylvanians which part of the state they’d like to see exit the Commonwealth. Half of respondents weren’t sure, but nearly-two thirds of those who were said it should be “Philadelphia and the Southeast.”

Let’s start with the obvious: The Philly region will never become a state. Ever. Legislators in Harrisburg wouldn’t let its southeastern population center and economic engine ghost. Nor would a Republican-controlled U.S. Congress admit a new, predominantly Democratic state to the union. But that doesn’t mean Philly, and what have become its increasingly like-minded surrounding counties, couldn’t go it alone.  Read more »

Why Philly’s Dropping Rents Are Great for Retaining Talented Millennials

Although Philadelphia is going through an obvious real estate boom, with cranes in the air throughout downtown and luxury homes sprouting up in previously unlikely neighborhoods, it’s interesting to note that rents have actually fallen over the past year.

That’s according to a new study from Zumper, finding that the median rent for a Philadelphia one-bedroom apartment in November 2015 was $1,240, down 5.3 percent from the previous year. The median rent also fell 4.6 percent from the previous month and the previous quarter.

While landlords might complain about getting less money for their properties, keeping cost of living low is an absolute must for attracting young professionals and fighting brain drain from local colleges and universities. Read more »

Friday City Reads

City Council President Darrell Clarke

City Council President Darrell Clarke

Local Reads: “Darrell Clarke wants to restructure the government. Does anybody else?”

City Council President Darrell Clarke is hoping to push through legislation soon that would put a big question to voters on this May’s ballot: Should the city charter be changed to restructure Philadelphia’s government so that the planning and historical commissions, parts of the Licenses & Inspections department, and other agencies are put under one director of planning and development? Read more »

Amazing Vintage Videos Chronicle Philadelphia As Far Back as the 1940s

vintage philadelphia videos

After you’re done debating whether to go with the “Amaro” or “Sierra” filter on your next #tbt post, we’ve got some ultimate throwback footage for you that requires absolutely #nofilter. The Philadelphia Department of Records (PDR) has released a series of vintage Philly videos that chronicle the city as far back as the 1940s.

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Week in Review: Guns, Kittens, and Baseball

It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on all the stuff you missed at Here were some of our favorite pieces from the week gone by:


The Millennial Revolution: We’re Committed to the City

Erica Palan, 28. Photo by Chris Sembrot

Erica Palan, 28

It’s 9 p.m. on a Saturday night, and my boyfriend and I are driving toward the Philadelphia skyline. We’ve had a lovely evening visiting friends who just bought a house in Ambler. We giggled at old photos, had burgers and beers on the deck, and played board games in a room with track lighting and Yankee Candles. Then we headed back home to Fishtown to begin our evening

“Let’s never move to the suburbs,” my boyfriend says as we sip lagers at our neighborhood dive bar. “I just think we’d be so … boring.”

He’s not alone. For many millennials, suburbia’s white picket fences are looking more and more like cages. In August, Leigh Gallagher, author of the new book The End of the Suburbs, told this magazine, “Millennials don’t really have any interest in this kind of cul-de-sac life. They’re not saying they hate suburbs entirely, but they want to be someplace where they can walk everywhere.”
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Philly Still Leads Country in Smartphone Thefts

NBC 10 reports on a study from mobile security firm Lockout, which re-affirms that Philadelphia is just a lousy place to hang onto your smartphone. A great place to lose that phone? On SEPTA, apparently. 6ABC reports:

SEPTA smartphone robberies also factored into Philadelphia’s top position atop this list.

“Thirty-nine cell phones, on average, were lost or stolen each month last year throughout SEPTA’s mass transit system according to the transit police,” AAA said.

In March, after several thefts, SEPTA made a push to help keep riders from being easy targets. They handed out informational flyers.

Of course, this is nothing new. Back in November, Lockout released another report with pretty much the same information. So. Philly still is a dangerous place for smartphones. Nothing’s changed.