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Brian Howard

Brian G. Howard

City Life

An Optimist’s Guide to Philadelphia

From crime to trash to the economy, there are thousands of reasons to feel bullish about the future of our amazing city.

Liz Magill, President of University of Pennsylvania, testifies before the House Education and Workforce Committee.
City Life

Penn Trustees Hold Emergency Meeting After Liz Magill Testimony

Plus: Shapiro and the White House weigh in on Penn, big guest stars on the Eagles Christmas album bonus track, and Embiid saves the day.

The gang behind A Philly Special Christmas returns with A Philly Special Christmas Special
City Life

Philly Today: The Eagles Christmas Album Is Now an Animated Special

Plus: Suburban school board drama, Philly is “house-rich,” a tough Sixers loss and — checks notes — a feral hog advisory.

City Life

Your Guide to the 2023 Eagles Season

Featuring fan psychoanalysis, the best Birds bling and bars, last year’s highlights, and a deep dive on how Howie Roseman conquered the football world.

City Life

Philly Today: It’s Going to Be Dangerously Hot for the Foreseeable Future

Plus: The Birds are back, a raccoon popped up at the airport, and Abbi Jacobson wants to give you a second chance.

City Life

The Ultimate Voter’s Guide to the 2023 Philadelphia Mayoral Race

Our comprehensive guide to the most critical Democratic race for mayor in Philly’s history.

City Life

6 Philadelphians With Promising Approaches to Gun Violence Prevention

In the face of a problem that can feel insurmountable, these undeterred citizens refuse to sit quietly by.

Life & Style

23 Things to Do in the Poconos in the Winter

Outdoor adventure, cozy accommodations, endless antiquing, bustling breweries and more.

Kyle Schwarber watches a replay of hit eighth inning foul ball
City Life

Phillies Today! World Series Game Two: What a Bummer

Nobody said this was going to be easy.

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto hits the game-winning home run in game one of the World Series
City Life

Phillies Today! In World Series Game One, Phillies Prove They Can Beat Anybody, Any Time, Anywhere

Any doubts about whether they’re in the same class as the Astros were quickly quashed.

City Life

See No Evil. Hear No Evil. Teach No Evil?

Six educators and three writers reflect on the fierce debate over teaching American history in 2022.

City Life

Pa. Could Legalize Medical Psychedelics More Quickly Than it Did Marijuana

Two lawmakers from the Philly ’burbs and a lawyer from Lower Merion are leading the push to legalize medical psychedelics in the state.

City Life

Betting on Philadelphia

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City Life

Inside YaFavTrashman’s Meteoric Rise From Mild-Mannered Sanitation Worker to Garbage Superhero

For Terrill Haigler, solving Philadelphia’s trash issues is about so much more than clean streets. Is his eager idealism just what the city needs — or will he get swallowed by the muck?

david sylvester
City Life

Philly’s David Sylvester Has Hugged More Than Half a Million People, and He’s Not Quitting Anytime Soon

He started his idiosyncratic quest 20 years ago in the aftermath of 9/11. This year, thanks to him, September 12th will be celebrated as National Hug and High-Five Day.