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City Life

Philly Jesus Is Suing Police and City for First Amendment Violations

It’s been quite a while since I wrote about the man known best as Philly Jesus. The last time was way back in 2016, when […]

City Life

The Opioid Crisis Is Worsening Homelessness in Philly. Solving the Problem Is a Matter of Survival

It’s another perfectly shitty day to be homeless in Philadelphia. Cold, wet and pitiless. T.S. Eliot famously said that April is the cruelest month, but […]

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City Life

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

I got a call from a Queen Village resident asking for help solving a mystery: Why doesn’t anybody use Foglietta Plaza for anything? If the […]

City Life

Daylin Leach Threatens Lawsuit After Losing Delco Dems’ Endorsement

Daylin Leach is known for lawsuits. Early last year, the wisecracking state Senator who represents portions of Montgomery and Delaware counties sued a woman who […]

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City Life

The Utterly Ridiculous History of Lawbreaking (and Allegedly Lawbreaking) Philly Politicians

‘Twas more than a century ago that muckraking investigative journalist Lincoln Steffens wrote about Philadelphia in a series of articles detailing corruption in U.S. cities. […]

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City Life

Why I, Like So Many in My Generation, Can’t Make Up My Mind About Having Kids

It seems like it used to be easier. Or at least that there wasn’t much deliberation involved. First comes love, Then comes marriage, Then comes […]

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City Life

6 Very Philly Groundhog Day Predictions

Every February, we turn our frowning, frostbitten faces toward Punxsutawney, PA, to observe the behavior of one special groundhog in order to make vague long-term […]

City Life

Philly’s New Archbishop Might Not Be as Progressive as You Think

Last Thursday, Pope Francis named Cleveland bishop Nelson J. Pérez, 58, the 14th bishop and 10th archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The major […]

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Foobooz

My Friends Refuse to Eat in Chinatown Due to Coronavirus — and They’re Not the Only Ones

I was supposed to go to dinner in Philly’s Chinatown with a group of 10 tonight. But now that’s not happening. Why? You can blame […]

City Life

Women Writers Are Driving Philadelphia’s Literary Renaissance

Carmen Maria Machado is one of the country’s most celebrated contemporary fiction writers. A few years ago, she was catapulted into the national spotlight on […]

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City Life

I Went to Wildwood for the Donald Trump Rally and Lived to Tell the Tale

If you look forward to off-season day trips to the Jersey Shore as a chance to relax, restore and reset, Wildwood was not that on […]

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City Life

The Man Who Made the Rizzo Statue Has His Own Surprising Ideas About What to Do With It

There are those who believe that the Frank Rizzo statue needs to go, and there is a plan for removal — sort of — that […]

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City Life

Philly Needs More Surveillance Cameras. Now.

Of all the life-changing revelations I’ve experienced since becoming a parent (translation: someone whose date nights routinely revolve around streaming television), one of the greatest […]

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City Life

Philly Media Giant Entercom Is Doubling Down on the Future of Radio

Like any smart CEO, David Field knows that you lead with the good news and try to hum a happy tune over the bad, especially […]

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City Life

City Council’s Kendra Brooks on the Big Change She’d Like to See at City Hall

My full name is … Kendra Nicole Brooks. I was named after Angela Davis’s friend Kendra, who was mentioned in the New York Times in […]