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City Life

Peek Inside Philadelphia’s Psychedelics Revolution

Like most working parents, Marissa has a lot to juggle — kids, her job as a nutritionist, her home outside of Philadelphia. And then there […]

City Life

What the Hell Is Bitcoin? A Useful Explainer for Beginners

In last month’s issue of Philly Mag, my good friend and colleague, Christy Lejeune, wrote about how the pandemic is the perfect opportunity to embrace […]

City Life

What If You Could Just Take a Year Off?

Nothing draws attention to the passage of time like doing the same thing every year, and nothing marks disruption like not being able to do […]

City Life

After Two Years of Pandemic Living, We All Really Need Hobbies

It was one of those cloudless, golden September days, and my husband and I decided to take our son and daughter to Valley Forge National […]

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The Body Part You’re Probably (But Definitely Shouldn’t Be) Overlooking

When local pelvic-floor yoga therapist Debbie Brownstein first became aware of her own pelvic floor, she was 30 years old. One year after having her […]

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City Life

Inside the Ridiculously Vicious and Increasingly Nasty Local Elections in Bucks County

“I realize what I’m doing is very unorthodox,” said Shannon Harris as she stood at the podium holding a ream of handwritten notes, her voice […]

City Life

I Tell People I’m From Philly, But I Live in South Jersey. That Counts, Right?

I am an imposter. I have lied, frequently and with forethought, to people online and in person, in the United States and outside of it. […]

City Life

Inside Jim Kenney’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

“There is a finite period of time for each of us to make a positive impact on our city as elected officials,” Mayor Jim Kenney […]

City Life

How the Pandemic Brought Campbell’s Soup Back From the Brink

Campbell’s Soup was in hot water. The venerable company, born just across the river from Philadelphia in the city of Camden, was due to celebrate […]

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City Life

My Dog Is My Life, and One Day, He’ll Be Gone

One day, my dog Joey will be gone. Not today, not tomorrow, but the day is coming — and coming sooner than I’d like. I […]

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City Life

For Years, People Said There Were No Lenape Left in Pennsylvania. This Group Begs to Differ.

It’s a muggy mid-September Sunday, and kayakers and vacationing families are taking in the calm waters of Mauch Chunk Lake, a small reservoir in the […]

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City Life

Becoming Bok: From Decommissioned School to South Philly’s Center of Creative Cool

From the outside, the Bok Building looks like an old trade school. From the inside — well, it still looks like an old trade school, […]

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City Life

How Co-Writing a Book About an Interracial Friendship Helped Strengthen Our Own

In the new novel I co-wrote with Christine Pride, We Are Not Like Them, two lifelong friends — one white, one Black — see their […]

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City Life

Who Deserves a Statue — And Who Never Did? Philly’s Monument Lab May Have Answers

Just last August, a 34-year-old West Philadelphia painter named Joy Taney went door-to-door in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood and made an unusual request. She wanted people […]

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City Life

Philly’s Housing Encampments of 2020 Led to a Nationally Celebrated Deal. Then It All Began to Unravel

Edwin Jones spent many of his days riding the El as it hummed over Philadelphia and his nights sleeping in 30th Street Station. Jones, who […]