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Be Well Philly

Help! I’m Struggling to Take Care of My Plants

I have a knack for killing plants. I’m the grim reaper of flora, with a graveyard’s worth of leaves, stems, roots and flowers that have […]

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It’s Time for the Gloves to Finally Come Off in Philly’s Mayoral Race

Last week, petition day for the upcoming municipal primaries came and went — and nobody blinked. Everyone who’s anyone is still in the running for […]

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Candidates, Don’t Be Afraid to Criticize Philly’s Sheriff Just Because She’s a Black Woman

Picture this: You’re a Philly mayoral candidate, and one of the city’s top law enforcement officials has spent over $6,600 in taxpayer money for a […]

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Why I’m Boycotting the Roots Picnic This Year

According to Visit Philadelphia, this summer’s upcoming Roots Picnic is “loaded with legends and icons” — but all I can see is a tragic lineup […]

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Philly Didn’t Win the Super Bowl. We Celebrated Anyway.

It really felt like we had it for a second there. There are no two ways about it: Last night was a huge disappointment. The […]

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Here’s How Much Money the Philly Mayoral Candidates Have Raised and What It Means

Finally, fund-raising front-runners are starting to emerge in Philly’s crowded mayoral race. What we’re seeing is that seven (of the 10-plus) mayoral candidates most certainly […]

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Helen Gym’s Hypocritical Return to the Union League Isn’t Her First Misstep

If there’s one thing this crowded mayoral primary is revealing to us, it’s that some candidates are learning the difference between running for City Council […]

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Jeff Brown’s Latest Ad Isn’t What We Should Hope for From a Mayoral Candidate

“People of color, especially Black people, have been my life’s work.” That was the response ShopRite proprietor turned mayoral candidate Jeff Brown gave during a […]

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Please, No More Philadelphia Mayor Candidates!

In a city that doesn’t hold runoff elections or employ ranked-choice voting, a crowded primary means less democracy. As of press time, there are officially […]

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Even in Victory, Pennsylvania House Democrats Are Finding Ways to Lose

If 2023 has taught us anything thus far, it’s this: Know how to count. Someone should have told that to elected-after-15-rounds-of-voting U.S. House Speaker Kevin […]


Our City Chose Illegal Parking Over Its Vibrant Dining Scene

I love Philadelphia, I love Philadelphia restaurants, I love the people who operate them and work in them. I always have. For 25 years, I’ve […]

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4 Reasons Michael Nutter Running for Mayor Would Be Totally Fascinating

Despite the initial will-they-or-won’t-they excitement, the crowded mayoral race has thus far been pretty lackluster. Beyond the announcements, there’s been a minor shot across the […]

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What Temple Can Learn From Penn About Making Students Feel Safe

When I moved to Philadelphia from Houston 12 years ago to attend the University of Pennsylvania, I knew immediately that this was a city I’d […]


Dear Famous 4th Street Deli, Don’t Ever Change

One of the details I adore about Famous 4th Street deli is how far the dining room juts out into the sidewalk. It leaves just […]


The Case for a Better Lunch

On vacation last August, while dining with an Italian friend in Ascoli Piceno, I asked if she ever eats lunch at her desk. Milena is […]