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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?

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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.

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City Life

The Highs and Lows for Philly Public Figures During a Really Tough Year

A high: Jim Kenney landing $1.4 billion in federal COVID relief. A low: learning Tom Farley okayed the destruction of MOVE victims’ remains.

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City Life

How the Pandemic Turned a South Philly Golf Course Into the City’s Best New Park

The former municipal golf course at FDR Park became an indispensable natural refuge for many locked-down South Philadelphians over the past year.

City Life

10 Philly Comforts We Hope to See Again in 2021

From cheap ballpark hot dogs to the warm human embrace of our neighbors, it’s time to start reclaiming the things we missed out on last year.

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City Life

How Gritty (and His Entourage) Made it Okay to Laugh Again

2020 has sucked, but at least we still have the big orange furball.

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City Life

Three Philadelphians Using Their Social Media Platforms to Effect Real Change

In a year where social media was more vital than ever, these Philadelphians stood out.

City Life

A Philly Trashman on Picking Up Your Garbage in the Middle of a Pandemic

Terrill Haigler, best known as @_yafavtrashman on Instagram, talks about aggressive rodents, becoming the public face of sanitation workers, and three simple things you can do to help his colleagues speed up trash collection.

City Life

The Pandemic Canceled Michael Smerconish’s Tour, So He Recorded His One-Man Show in an Empty Bucks County Theater

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking was written to be performed in theaters. It will air on CNN on Saturday night instead.

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City Life

A First-Generation College Student Whose Summer Orientation May Be Canceled

Angelica Estevez, a first-generation immigrant and senior at Girls’ High, on starting at Cornell in the fall.

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City Life

A Food Delivery Driver Working Six Days a Week

Nicholas Butler, a driver for Black and Mobile, on being out on the streets all day during a pandemic.

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City Life

Flyers Star James Van Riemsdyk on Suspending the Season in the Midst of a Hot Streak

The Flyers left wing is back home and reflecting on an NHL season in limbo.

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City Life

12 Philadelphians on How COVID-19 Turned Their Worlds Upside Down

In an instant, the crisis changed everything about how we live. A dozen perspectives on what that meant.

NextHealth PHL

Philly Should Deploy an Army of Contact Tracers to Fight COVID-19’s Second Wave

Thomas Jefferson University population health expert David Nash wants to enlist people who’ve lost jobs to the shutdown.

City Life

Will the COVID-19 Shutdown Have a Lasting Impact on My Cooped-Up Kids?

“Is the coronavirus still here?” “Is the coronavirus here at night?” A child trauma expert helps me answer my toddler’s burning questions and my own.