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Nine Great Spots For Bird-Watching in Philly and the ’Burbs

From now through May 15th is peak migration season, meaning it’s a great chance to see lots of cool birds while we wait for the world to open up again.

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7 Classic Candies That Got Their Start Right Here in Philly

Who knew all these yummy treats had local origins?

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How Plain Quaker Philly Got Its Wedding-Cake City Hall

In his new book, Wall Street Journal architecture critic Michael J. Lewis spills all the gossip on the backroom politics, influence-peddling, egotistical feuding and occasional (rare) genuine civic-mindedness that resulted in our city’s present built environment.

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These Millennial Mayors in the Philly ’Burbs Entered Office Eager and Optimistic. Then Came 2020

Here’s what it was like to be the caretaker of an entire community when so much stuff — PPE shortages, school closures, job losses, overcrowded hospitals, toilet-paper hoarding — suddenly hit the fan.

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How Much Do You Know About Philly’s Irish History?

From Tug McGraw to Grace Kelly to the iconic Irish Potatoes, this city has a lot of Celtic connections. Take this quiz to find out how much you really know.

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The Philadelphian Who Made America’s Hotels Posh

George Boldt’s Bellevue-Stratford set the standard for elegance, refinement … and chicken à la King.

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William Penn Only Spent Four Years In Pennsylvania, And Other Strange Founder Facts

The rest of the time, he was busy being accused of starting various riots, shopping for fancy clothes in Paris, and getting in lots of trouble with the authorities.

 

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New Scholarships at Community College of Philadelphia Honor Civil Rights Icon Octavius Catto

A fitting tribute to a Philadelphian who fought for education for all.

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Octavius Catto Desegregated the Franklin Institute

The Philadelphia educator, orator, civil rights leader and baseball player awakened the conscience of the city.

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The First White House Was Right Here in Philly

The President’s House was home to two presidents — and lots of history.

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The Strange Philly History of the Monopoly Board Game

What started as a socialist parable turned into a capitalist dream, thanks to a little light theft, repackaging, and some brisk sales at Wanamaker’s.

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The Day the Great Apes Died: The Legacy of the 1995 Philadelphia Zoo Fire

Twenty-five years ago, the tragedy at the World of Primates building broke the city’s heart and raised a loaded question: What, exactly, do we owe the animals in our care?

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2020 Even Ruined Snow Days. Great.

They were one of childhood’s most treasured rituals. Oh well.

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Best Thing: Patti LaBelle Gushes About Philly in the New York Times

Our Queen of Soul gets the royal treatment, and she heaps praise on her hometown.

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Best Thing This Week: Thanksgiving 2020 — it Happened

It was a holiday like no other. And we got by.