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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.

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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.

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City Life

This Riverwards Facebook Group Is Keeping Philly Developers on Their Toes

The Riverwards L+I Coalition isn’t your typical NIMBY gripe-fest.

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City Life

Can Phillies Fans Learn to Love a Bunch of New Yorkers?

Joe Girardi, the team’s new manager, is leading a New York invasion of South Philly — and we should be okay with that.

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City Life

Foglietta Plaza May Be Philly’s Most Criminally Underused Public Space

Everyone agrees it could be much more, but nobody agrees on what it should actually be.

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City Life

Joel Embiid Has a Trash Talk Problem

Looked at objectively, the talented young center’s run-ins with other players are the behavior of a bully and a troll.

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City Life

Philly Is the Best City in America to Be a Celebrity. No, Really.

From Jason Segel to André 3000, we know how to be chill around the famous among us.