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City Life

Will Sports Betting Change What It Means to Be a Fan in Philly?

It’s the middle of the third inning, and St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol is about to make a stormy early-July Saturday afternoon a little […]

City Life

Can the First Philadelphia Polo Classic Make the City a Pony Town?

No one would dispute that the reputation of the polo community is clubby and elitist. But behind all that hauteur and wealth is a weirdly […]

Foobooz

The Wild, Wild West of Philly’s Food Influencer Scene

On May 4, 2022, Josh Moore uploaded a seven-second video to TikTok, just like he does every few days. The clip begins as a sped-up […]

City Life

What Gardening Taught Me About Myself — and America

I’m on my knees in a light rain, tugging at a maple seedling. There used to be a maple tree in the backyard of the […]

City Life

Can Ryan Boyer Change How Philly Unions Do Politics?

May 17th was supposed to be a political coronation for Ryan Boyer. Boyer is the business manager of Laborers’ District Council, the umbrella organization that […]

City Life

How COVID Warped Our Sense of Time

I’ve always had a good memory, at least in an autobiographical sense. In my little group of old-time friends, I’m the one everybody calls when […]

City Life

This Is Why Prescription Drugs Have Such Weird-Ass Names

Get out the party hats and cake, everybody, and get ready to boogie. It was 25 years ago this month that the Food and Drug […]

Foobooz

Why Isn’t Philly a Pizza-Slice Kinda Town?

During a recent pizza pilgrimage, I ran into a problem.  I’d decided to spend a Saturday afternoon introducing myself to the great pizzerias that had […]

City Life

How My Local Buy Nothing Group Made the Suburbs Feel Like a Real Place

I’m not saying the 17-pack of microwaveable pork rinds my wife and I dropped off on some nice woman’s porch in Spring City was the […]

Foobooz

The Year That Restaurants Said No

On a hot day in the summer of  2020, Jennifer Zavala — a true Philadelphia multi-hyphenate known for her stint on Top Chef, her time […]

City Life

The Ugly Philly-Centric Feud at the Center of America’s 250th Birthday Celebration

Independence Hall. A glorious spring day. Enthused parents and less-enthused teenagers march around, gazing up at the bronze statue of Commodore John Barry, his outstretched […]

City Life

Main Line Mystery: Dallyn Pavey’s 40-Year Search for Her Vanished Dad

Dallyn Pavey’s basement in Wayne is more interesting than most.  First, there are the gold and platinum records hanging on the walls. Some were earned […]

City Life

The Philadelphia Folk Festival Is Hanging On By a String

Pinch me. There was Judy Collins, love of my seriously folked-up teenage life, sitting alone under a willow tree on the Wilson Farm at the […]

City Life

Post-COVID, Does Center City Have a Future?

If you ever find yourself awake at three o’clock in the morning and would like some company as you fret about whatever it is you’re […]

City Life

Michael Forman — the Philly Power Player You’ve Never Heard of — Is About to Make Some Noise

“My dominant character trait is I’m really, really impatient,” Michael Forman says. It’s a Tuesday evening in February, and Forman, CEO of Philly financial firm […]