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Democrats Need to Stop Fighting With Each Other if They Want to Win in November

A wise woman once said, “When you do clownery, the clown comes back to bite.” Someone should tell this to Democrats in Pennsylvania as their […]

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Shakeup on Council Is Good, But These Former Councilmembers Leave Big Shoes to Fill

We knew this day would come. I called it a few weeks ago. The mass exodus of City Councilmembers resigning before this Thursday’s return to […]

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We Need More Black Teachers. Here’s How to Make That Happen

When I was a kid, I didn’t plan on becoming a teacher. In fact, teaching wasn’t considered an option. My plan was to become an […]

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Philly’s 2023 Mayoral Election Season Starts Now

The final days of summer are here, and we’re now off to the races: Philly’s mayoral election season has officially begun. Many of us have […]

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Doug Mastriano Isn’t a Principled Conservative or Right for Pennsylvania

I’m a proud Republican who served in the Trump White House as senior associate counsel to the president, following a career helping conservative GOP politicians […]

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A Camden Educator on Why His Students Crave the Truth

Like many educators, I spent a portion of my summer break teaching students. In July, I was working with high-schoolers on crafting their personal statements […]

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What a German Taught Me About His Country and the Holocaust

Back when I was in college, a good friend started dating a German guy. He was from a small town in Bavaria and owned lederhosen […]

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The Fight Over How to Teach America’s Past Is Itself a Test

Benjamin Franklin didn’t coin the phrase that nothing can be certain but death and taxes. Other writers said it first. But out of anyone, he, […]

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After a Decade of Cringe, Why Are We Still Doing Dîner en Blanc?

Yes, I know you’ve probably heard a thousand times why Dîner en Blanc in Philadelphia is one of the stupidest events of all time. Not […]

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The Worst of Philly 2022: From Jawn Morgan to Pete Rose to Wawa Soft Pretzels

Now that we’ve given you enough time to properly digest the utterly extensive and unimpeachably awesome Best of Philly 2022, it’s time for a trip […]

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The City Has Failed University City Townhome Residents. They Should Pay For It — Literally

Monday morning’s abrupt dismantling of the protest encampment outside of West Philly’s University City Townhomes served as another reminder that Black lives still don’t matter. […]

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Summer Shouldn’t Be Canceled in Black Neighborhoods Due to Gun Violence

As Philadelphia responds to its ongoing gun violence crisis, I’m noticing that Black neighborhoods are being penalized the most in the name of “safety.” Several […]

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Here They Come: Why the New Sixers Arena Could Be a Huge Win for the Team and the City

Note: This story has been updated to note opposition to this proposed project from members of the Chinatown community. This morning, the Sixers took the […]

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It’s Official: We’re Giving Mayor Kenney a Worst of Philly Award

Our Best of Philly issue comes out in August, as it has every year since 1974. In a handful of those years, we’ve included a […]

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Celebrating Independence Day After Roe Was Overturned Feels Hollow

I’ve never been much of a July 4th stan. As I’ve become older and more informed, this holiday has become increasingly irrelevant for someone like […]