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City Life

These Are the Worst Thanksgiving Guests You’ll Encounter This Year

The turkey’s been basted. The pies are all baked. The bar is fully stocked. And the house is in tip-top, immaculate, sparkly clean shape. The […]

City Life

There’s a Solution for Lifting People Out of Poverty In Philadelphia. Why Don’t We Try It?

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Census Bureau released a new set of figures about poverty in America. Unfortunately, the takeaway was one that’s all […]

City Life

The Winners and Losers in Philadelphia’s 2023 General Election

Philadelphia’s election on Tuesday was historic for a number of reasons. For the first time ever, the mayor of Philadelphia will be a Black woman: […]

City Life

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Looting

At the end of his life, Dr. Martin Luther King was unpopular in the eyes of the public. This was because King was opposed to […]

City Life

5 Big Ideas for Improving Public Safety in Philadelphia

In the late summer of 2022, after six and a half years in office, I resigned my seat on Philadelphia City Council in order to […]

Foobooz

In Defense of the Ice Cream Cone

Philadelphians have strong opinions. We get heated over politics and football, and even when it comes to something simple like ice cream, we have no […]

Foobooz

Who Wants a “Grown Up” Pod?

The best thing about Pod — back in the days when anyone cared at all — was that it didn’t take itself at ALL seriously. […]

City Life

Philly Teens Need to Be Included in Our Public Spaces

This past April, the Fashion District mall imposed a 2 p.m. curfew on “unaccompanied minors.” A South Philly carnival banned minors just after that. Walk […]

City Life

Why Philly Needs to Close More Streets to Car Traffic

As anyone who regularly traverses it knows, 9th Street as it runs through the Italian Market is chaos. The 47M bus squeezes its way north, […]

City Life

How to Make a More Kid-Friendly Philadelphia, and Why We Absolutely Should

Eleven summers ago, the Center City District unveiled a newly renovated Sister Cities Park. Embedded in the midst of the buzzing Ben Franklin Parkway, the […]

City Life

The I-95 Rebuild Was Local Politics at Its Best

Here’s something you don’t hear often: Politicians recently did something remarkable at rapid speed, with efficiency and determination. The astounding reopening of I-95 in Northeast […]

City Life

We Always Thought We’d Have More Than One Child

My phone rings a little after 5 p.m., just as I’m sliding enchiladas into the oven. I know without looking that it will be my […]

City Life

These Are the Four Major Takeaways From the City’s $6.2 Billion Budget Deal

This year’s budget deal (which Council will vote on formally next week) marks the end of an era. It’s the last budget Mayor Jim Kenney […]

Foobooz

Thank God for Softies

The focus on seasonality has become standard in many of our city’s restaurant kitchens, expected to a point of becoming somewhat of a cliche. The […]

City Life

Moms, Quit Worrying About Your Grown-Ass Sons Finding Love

I have a son I love dearly. Jake is tall, athletic, a college grad, great sense of humor, good dancer (really!), making tons of money […]