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sweet amalia oyster
Foobooz

Halfway Between Philadelphia and the Shore, an Oyster Destination

Growing some of the best-tasting oysters in the country is no easy feat. Neither is turning the Middle of Nowhere, New Jersey, into a foodie […]

the sound of philadelphia
City Life

An Oral History of the Sound of Philadelphia

In 1971, a lyrically gifted singer-songwriter from South Philly and a classically trained pianist from Camden launched Philadelphia International Records (PIR), a Black-owned hitmaking label […]

fdr park golf course
City Life

How the Pandemic Turned a South Philly Golf Course Into the City’s Best New Park

If you squint, you can see it. Head down to FDR Park, the storied South Philly public space across Broad Street from the Sports Complex. […]

covid generation
City Life

What Is Pandemic Life Doing to Our Kids? Maybe Not What We Think

The moms are very worried. Since March of 2020 — when schools started closing and COVID got real — you can find them (okay, us) […]

josh shapiro
City Life

Is This The Moment Josh Shapiro Has Been Waiting For?

On a chilly Saturday in early February, I sit in Josh Shapiro’s driveway in suburban Abington next to a firepit as we talk, mask to […]

philadelphia measles outbreak
City Life

30 Years Ago, a Philly Church Refused to Vaccinate Its Kids Against Measles. The Results Were Deadly

Bob Ross remembers the moment vividly. The date was January 16, 1991, the same day that then-President George H.W. Bush launched Operation Desert Storm, the […]

pennsylvania millennial mayors
City Life

These Millennial Mayors in the Philly ’Burbs Entered Office Eager and Optimistic. Then Came 2020

Mark Barbee got laid off in 2020. He was a waiter in a King of Prussia restaurant that closed when Governor Tom Wolf issued shutdown […]

philadelphia biking
Be Well Philly

Biking Was Big in Philly Even Before the Pandemic. Then the Past Year Sent it Skyrocketing

Local bikers are noticing a swell of traffic on their usual routes. Actually, more like a tsunami. In the first two and a half weeks […]

philadelphia deer
City Life

Inside Philly’s Stealth Hunts to Take Out Deer and Protect Our Parks

During the long, cold nights from December to March, highly trained individuals enter Philadelphia’s most popular parks armed with state-of-the-art tools and shoot-to-kill orders. It’s […]

dentistry during covid-19
Be Well Philly

From Cavities to Stress-Grinding, the Pandemic Has Been Hell on Our Teeth

On March 26th, at the start of the first pandemic shutdown, Montgomery County resident Cathy Belfield was working from home while her two kids played […]

duckduckgo
City Life

The World Is Freaking Out About Data Privacy, and DuckDuckGo Is Ready to Seize the Moment

Gabriel Weinberg swears there’s no Batman-esque origin story that inspired him to become Privacy Man, a superhero who protects citizens from the evil globo-corporations that […]

living with parents
City Life

I Never Thought I’d Move Back in With My Parents. But Here We Are

It occurred to me one night at midnight that I never really knew exactly how many clocks my parents have. I know it was midnight […]

Be Well Philly

How Philly Is Learning to Ditch Dieting and Evolve Our Relationship With Food

It’s 2004, and I’m celebrating my mom’s birthday in Northeast Philly with her six siblings and my 14 cousins. Our family is happily stuffing our […]

jimmy dennis
City Life

For 25 Years, Jimmy Dennis Was on Death Row. Then One Day, He Wasn’t.

Jimmy Dennis lives in a bubble. In the age of COVID, that’s not so uncommon. But even amidst this winter’s tightened restrictions, Dennis’s bubble is […]

City Life

Who, Exactly, Is Philly Fighting COVID?

Andrei Doroshin is 22 years old, working toward his degree at Drexel, and a C-suite executive in three different businesses: a real estate firm (CEO), […]