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City Life

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Philadelphia Can Be a Model for Crisis-Response Journalism

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, significant public health consequences have resulted from a trust gap between our neighbors and news and government institutions. […]

City Life

Of Course Black People Will Be Hit Especially Hard by Philly’s Coronavirus Pandemic

There’s an old saying in the black community that sums up the current socioeconomic disparities within the coronavirus pandemic: “When white folks catch a cold, […]

City Life

No More Mr. Nice Mayor: Jim Kenney, Shut This City Down

Philadelphia, we are now in the four-digit club. As of Monday, Philadelphia had officially surpassed 1,000 cases of COVID-19, with positive tests in every zip […]

City Life

Millennials and Gen Z Make Up Philly’s Largest COVID-19-Positive Group. We Need to Take This Seriously.

This is not a drill: Young Philadelphians, we are screwing this up. According to coronavirus data released by the Department of Public Health on Wednesday, […]

City Life

Coronavirus Outbreak Reveals Philly at Its Absolute Best — and Utter Worst

A week ago, I was able to buy toilet paper and bleach in abundance at my nearby CVS. I did this while planning a dinner […]

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City Life

The Rochelle Bilal Fiasco Is Everything That’s Wrong With Philly Politics

The late, great poet and civil rights icon Maya Angelou once said, “When you know better, do better.” She also famously said, “When people show […]

City Life

Kenney Was a Coward in Letting Philly’s Safe Injection Site Fail

When the public rails against a project that would ultimately be in its best interest, you have to consider it a failing of the project’s […]

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Special Elections Are Undemocratic, Wasteful and Downright Stupid

Tuesday nearly broke all that was left of my faith in the democratic process. I’m what many would consider a super voter, given that I’ve […]

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City Life

By Defending Bloomberg on Stop-and-Frisk, Nutter Tarnishes His Legacy and Betrays Philly

There’s an oft-quoted line from the Batman film The Dark Knight that goes: “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see […]

City Life

Don’t Expect Philly’s New Police Commissioner to Magically Fix the City for Us

After more than a month of anticipation, newly appointed Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw began her first day on the job early Monday morning. After […]

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City Life

Want to Reduce Political Corruption in Philly? End Councilmanic Prerogative Now.

The rule of law is to presume those who are criminally indicted innocent until proven guilty. Such a presumption should absolutely be extended to City […]

City Life

It’s Totally Human to Mourn Complicated Figures Like Kobe Bryant

Sunday didn’t feel the same after news broke that a hometown hero was here no more. NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a tragic […]

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Black People Have Spent Centuries in “Service.” They Should Take Off on MLK Day.

Next Monday will mark the 25th anniversary of the hijacking of the hard-won federal holiday commemorating the birth of civil rights leader Martin Luther King […]

City Life

Stop Telling Black People the Mummers Parade Is Racist. Do Something About It.

Conversations surrounding blackface and the Mummers should feel like déjà vu to everyone by now. Last year, there was much outrage after the Mayor’s Office […]

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City Life

Can Somebody Just Open a Frank Rizzo Museum Already and Stick the Statue There?

Over the weekend, the controversial Frank Rizzo statue in Center City was vandalized. Again. Yes, somebody wrote the word “fascist” on the bronze effigy, which […]