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City Life

Raheem Ikeam Myers Was the City’s 203rd Homicide Victim This Year. This Is His Story.

Every three months or so, Philadelphia Inquirer beat reporters pull a weekend shift. That’s why health reporter Marie McCullough found herself working the July 4th […]

City Life

Inside the Fight to Abolish Police in Philadelphia

It’s an incredible idea, one that’s been percolating for a long time in Philadelphia and other cities. Certainly, all of YahNé Ndgo’s life. A 48-year-old […]

house spiders
City Life

Now That I Never Leave My House, I’m Getting to Know All About the Spiders Who Live Here With Me

Late in summer, I was sitting at my kitchen table, right in the spot where I’ve sat every morning for the past 10,423 days. It […]

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City Life

Here’s How Philadelphia’s Pre-K Program Can Change an Entire Family’s Economic Prospects

This article is published in partnership with the Fuller Project. Malcolm Burnley is a journalist with the Fuller Project, a global newsroom that reports on issues affecting women. […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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Foobooz

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 […]

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, […]