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City Life

Look Out, Philly. Lisa DePaulo Is Back

My first night back in town, I went to the Starbucks next door — why is there always a Starbucks next door? — and a […]

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City Life

From Hospitals to Restaurants, Philly Employers Can’t Find Enough Workers

Stephen Starr is so desperate for workers, he’s considering turning to child labor. That, anyway, is the premise of a series of recent tongue-in-cheek videos […]

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City Life

Before COVID, the Uptown Theater Had a Real Shot at Revival. Will the Show Still Go On?

If you find yourself in conversation with a North Philadelphian of a certain age, chances are you’ll hear a tale about a night at the […]

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City Life

Inside YaFavTrashman’s Meteoric Rise From Mild-Mannered Sanitation Worker to Garbage Superhero

It’s a glorious Saturday morning in May, and Terrill Haigler, dressed in a gray knit cap, a black work jumpsuit emblazoned with a stylized cartoon […]

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City Life

Why, 30 Years Later, the World Still Loves Boyz II Men

The music business was an entirely different monster when Boyz II Men dropped their first record back in 1991. It was a time of giant, […]

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Be Well Philly

The Pandemic Forced Big Changes in the Philly Fitness World. Where Does It Go From Here?

On March 13th, I walked into Revel Ride with my spin shoes, my mask, and what felt like first-date jitters. Sure, I had Zoomed Revel’s […]

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City Life

The Pandemic Exposed Our Broken Higher-Education System. It’s Also Given Us a Chance to Make Things Better

All it took to blow up the American system of higher education was a deadly pandemic. For years, admission to elite colleges and universities has […]

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City Life

Help Me, Doctor! I’m a Philly Sports Fan

Back in May, as the Sixers were a few games away from snagging the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference, sportswriter John Gonzalez took […]

david sylvester
City Life

Philly’s David Sylvester Has Hugged More Than Half a Million People, and He’s Not Quitting Anytime Soon

The high five I receive from David Hale Sylvester when I meet him for an interview in May is, honestly, breathtaking. The sound — a […]

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Property

Philly Houses Are Selling Faster — and for More Money — Than Ever. How Long Can That Last?

So, how out-of-control is the real estate market hereabouts right now? The following two tales might clue you in. The first comes from Cherise Wynne, […]

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City Life

Jeff David Thinks the Fitler Club Is Key to Philadelphia’s Post-Pandemic Rebirth

Jeff David has a definitive list of the most influential trend-setting cities in America, and Philadelphia isn’t on it. There are what he calls the […]

City Life

The Pandemic Made Me Prepare For the Worst. But Nothing Prepared Me to Lose the Love of My Life

In the early days of the pandemic, when civil unrest was at its peak and no one knew when things would “go back to normal,” […]

mister softee
City Life

The World’s a Twisted Place. Thank God We’ll Always Have Mister Softee

It’s an early spring afternoon in West Oak Lane, and I’m about to get ice-cream-man lessons from Morad Khalil, a Mister Softee franchisee who’s been […]

City Life

My Neighbors Can’t Believe I Left San Francisco for Philly. I Can’t Believe I Waited This Long

For the past six months, my phone has been blowing up. I’ve gotten at least a hundred text messages from friends and acquaintances who are […]

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Life & Style

In Defense of the Ugly But Glorious Mom Swimsuit

One day in early May, exactly 22 days before the local community pool opened, my phone buzzed. It was a half-panicky text from my friend […]