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philadelphia unions
City Life

Philly’s New Generation of Unions Is Young, Progressive, and Coming to a Coffee Shop Near You

The Cake Life Bake Shop is a sleek, narrow structure on the Frankford Avenue corridor in Fishtown. Its interior looks as much like a photo […]

Templeton Foundation
City Life

Science and Religion Have Never Been More at Odds. Can Conshohocken’s Templeton Foundation Bridge the Divide?

One would think claims of performing miracles would have a bit more resonance. After all, billions of people today hinge their religious faith on Jesus […]

1980 phillies
City Life

The Year We Won It All: An Oral History of the 1980 Phillies

It was a different city then, in 1980. Bill Green had just become mayor after eight years of Frank Rizzo’s reign. As Sam Katz (who […]

bill mcswain
City Life

U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain Is Proof That, One Way or Another, Trumpism Will Live on Past the Election

On February 12th of this year, at the Union League’s annual Lincoln Day celebration in Philadelphia, Bill McSwain, the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania, gave […]

living near grandparents
City Life

My 96-Year-Old Grandfather Moved to Town a Few Years Ago, and Nothing’s Been the Same Since

“Can you come over and help Pop-Pop? He got locked out of his iPad again.” My mom sounded frantic on the phone, as though my […]

philadelphia poverty
City Life

For 40 Years, Philly Mayors Have Promised to End Poverty. For 40 Years, I’ve Watched Them Fail.

There are so many poor folk in Philadelphia that in March, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke announced a plan that would lift 100,000 of […]

public schools ranking
City Life

Ignore the Rankings: Why the Best School for Your Kid Is Probably the One in Your Neighborhood

It can be very hard to be in the minority in a social or professional setting. Those in the majority may look askance at you, […]

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City Life

There’s Not a Company Name Cute Enough to Mask the Dark Side of Corporations

In 1963, when I was in second grade, I entered the classroom one day with my fellow students following our usual rousing session of morning […]

minimalism clutter
City Life

How the Pandemic Taught Me to Embrace My Clutter

It was roughly six years ago that Marie Kondo first entered my consciousness. Her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, had just come out, […]

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This Could Be the End of Restaurants as We Know Them. Maybe That’s Not Such a Bad Thing.

Back in June, an Instagram account called @phillyfoodworkers appeared on my feed. No one’s name is attached to the profile, and the avatar is just […]

Scott Knowles
City Life

Scott Gabriel Knowles Is on a Quest to Understand What the Pandemic Reveals About Americans

Scott Gabriel Knowles, the head of the history department at Drexel University and an expert on disasters, found himself in an intense public discussion with […]

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NextHealth PHL

How Ala Stanford Became a Champion for the Health of Black Philadelphians Amid COVID

It was purely by chance that at the very moment Ala Stanford walked into a revival service at a Philly church last summer, a man […]

black in philly
City Life

8 Prominent Philadelphians on What Being Black in Philly Should Look Like

There is a sense — here and elsewhere — that the nationwide protests in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis […]

City Life

Sneak Peek: Inside Philadelphia Magazine’s August Issue, Our Annual Best of Philly Tribute

The August issue of Philadelphia magazine is on its way to mailboxes right now, and it’s bursting with content that gets at the heart of life in the region […]

City Life

Sneak Peek: Inside Philadelphia Magazine’s April 2020 Issue

The April 2020 issue of Philadelphia magazine is on its way to mailboxes right now, and it’s bursting with content that gets at the heart of […]