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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]

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Banning “Shiesty” Ski Masks on SEPTA Won’t Reduce Crime

Things have gotten so desperate around here that people and organizations have reached the “Do something, do anything” phase of the Philly gun-violence crisis. The […]

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The Narrative About Philly’s Progressive Setback Is Wrong. Isaiah Thomas Is Proof.

When it comes to the state of the progressive movement in Philly, two things can be true at the same time: Voters didn’t want a […]


14 Things to Eat Instead of Philly’s New $700 Burger

This week, Drury Beer Garden at 13th and Sansom is rebranding as “DBG,” which means there’s a new menu of 15 burgers, including a version […]

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Progressive Backlash, and the Establishment Strikes Back: Four Major Takeaways From Tuesday’s Mayoral Primary

On Tuesday, movements collided, diversity thrived, and a new political queen-maker officially arrived. The results of the 2023 primary in Philadelphia were pretty damn historical, […]

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If Philly Had Ranked-Choice Voting, Here’s What I’d Do

We’re almost there: It’s a week until the Democratic primary election! After several months of campaign highs and lows, voters are days away from knowing […]

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On 76ers Arena, We Shouldn’t Rush “the Process”

Full disclosure: I’m not a fan of the proposed 76ers arena in Center City. There’s a deeply reported history of such venues negatively impacting diverse […]

Be Well Philly

Physician Burnout: The Open Secret We Need to Confront

An autumn evening around a decade ago. I can remember it as vividly as last night. A Monday, one of my “triples,” the days I […]

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From AI to Crypto, When Did Everything Get So … Fake?

So there’s this 31-year-old schlub named Sam Bankman-Fried who built this company called FTX that investors sank billions of dollars into because it sounded new […]

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Here Are the Burning Questions Each Viable Philly Mayoral Candidate Needs to Answer

It’s officially less than a month before the May 16th Democratic primary, and things are finally heating up. From candidates exposing their opponents taking private […]

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This Is What Black Voters in Philly Say They Want From the Next Mayor

I have a front-row seat to Black Philly. As a radio host at a Black radio station (Radio Courtroom on WURD), a columnist at a […]

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Why Are 42 Percent of Black Voters Still Undecided on Philly’s Next Mayor?

With just a month to go until the city’s Democratic primary, there’s still a sense of uncertainty surrounding who will become Philly’s next mayor. In previous […]

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Are Online Reviews Helping Consumers — or Driving Our Indecision?

Joseph S. doesn’t want me to buy the meat thermometer. He bought the same one on Amazon a few months ago, and even though he’s […]