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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 […]

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Chef Omar Tate’s Plans for Philly Go Well Beyond Food

He caught the attention of the restaurant scene with a roving pop-up called Honeysuckle that explores and celebrates the Black American food experience. Now he’s […]

City Life

What Would Philly Look Like If Urbanists Ran the City?

In the middle of a major crisis, it’s not exactly easy to think big. Not when our paychecks — and city coffers — are made […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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City Life

12 Philadelphians on How COVID-19 Turned Their Worlds Upside Down

In an instant, the COVID-19 crisis changed everything about how we live. Twelve Philadelphians on how their worlds have been turned upside down. Philly’s Managing […]

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 […]