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City Life

Why the SCOTUS Ruling on PA’s Mail-Ballot Deadline Is Both Good News and Extremely Ominous

The court declined to overturn the state Supreme Court, which means the state’s extended mail-in ballot deadline will stand. But with the vote split 4-4 and a new conservative justice set to join the court, there’s every indication that rulings like this will soon be things of the past.

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City Life

Philly’s New Generation of Unions Is Young, Progressive, and Coming to a Coffee Shop Near You

Last year, a handful of Fishtown cafe workers decided they’d had it with low wages and lousy working conditions and set out to form a union. Now, other service-sector and white-collar workers are following suit. Is this the start of a new labor movement?

City Life

This Philadelphia Guidebook Is Essential Coffee Table Material

Counterintuitively, a pandemic might actually the perfect time to release a guidebook.

City Life

A New Report Shows Precisely How the PPP Program Failed Philly

As Congress and the President spar over a second round of economic stimulus, a look back on where the first round went wrong, courtesy of the City Controller’s office.

City Life

You Officially Have One More Week to Register to Vote

The voter registration deadline for the 2020 presidential election is October 19th. Here are the ways you can sign up and make sure you cast a vote.

City Life

Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the Return of the Philly Orchestra, Crowdless Concert Halls, and Good Silence

The Philly Orchestra Conductor is set to kick off the ensemble’s new season with a livestreamed performance at the Mann Center on Wednesday night.

City Life

Here’s Where You Can Vote in Person Before Election Day

The City Commissioners have opened 17 “satellite election offices” where you can register to vote and cast a ballot — technically a mail-in ballot — before Election Day.

City Life

A Philly Teacher Opens Up About What Really Happens in the Online Classroom

Ninth-grade history teacher Emily Simpson on Zoom technical difficulties, online classes of 30-plus students, 12-hour work days, and the occasional feel-good moments amid all the chaos.

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City Life

Philly Is Seriously Lagging in Its Census Response. That Could Be a Very Costly Problem.

For each Philly resident who fails to fill out the form, the city loses an estimated $20,000 of federal funding over the next decade. Fortunately, it’s not too late. Here’s what to do.

City Life

Temple Shows Its True Colors in Bringing Students Back to Campus, Causing COVID Outbreak

It’s time to stop thinking of universities as altruistic civic institutions. They are businesses. Nothing more, nothing less.

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City Life

How True Is Philly’s History? A Bella Vista Art Exhibit Asks the Question

Former Temple architecture professor John James Pron, who has an exhibition at the Da Vinci Art Alliance on display through September 13th, discusses Philly’s (a)history, historical preservation and why he hates all public statues.

City Life

State Rep Chris Rabb Wants to Give $65,000 a Year to People Who Are Wrongfully Convicted

The Northwest Philly legislator is introducing a bill that would pay ex-prisoners an annual stipend for each year they wrongly served in prison. Currently they receive nothing.

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City Life

Power Home Remodeling CEO Asher Raphael on Why Perma-Work-From-Home Is a Big Mistake

Might want to read this before splurging on that ergonomic home-office chair you’ve been eyeing.

City Life

Democratic Control of Harrisburg Would Have Huge Implications for Philly. Can It Really Happen?

A national and state effort is putting new electoral pressure on Republicans in Harrisburg, who have controlled either the House or Senate every year since 1993.

City Life

Why the Return of Sports Feels So Uncomfortable

The return of sports also means the return of distraction. Is that really what we need right now?